January 18, 2015
Two verses stick out the most in today's qt.
Verse 19 - Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees the Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
Verse 24 - I tell you the truth, a time, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.
Verse 19 stands out to me because of in “Experiencing God” bible study, I remember learning about how to detect when God is working, and joining him in his work to be experience him. For example, a kind of work that only God does is leading people to God. No one else in their right natural sinful selves will point people to God. So, when someone comes to me with questions of about God or Jesus, that’s God’s work in progress that has lead that person to that state. At that point, I can join his work and answer those questions best I can, and help him further go toward God, or not. The thing about this is that it happens so quickly, and if you miss the opportunity, then you have missed the opportunity. I had an experience where someone asked me, but I was too busy with something else, and said I will answer later, but when I tried to answer later, it was too late.
Verse 24 stands out because this is the truth, the good news, the way to get eternal life, and the way to go from death to life, and that is to believe Jesus and to believe God. At first this verse might make it seem like God may be the only one who needs to be believed. After all, Jesus came in flesh and blood, but the important thing is “my word.” Jesus says whoever hears “my” word and believes gets all these things, best of which is reconnection to God himself through Jesus. This makes me think about my dad, who believes in God, but thinks Jesus is another person, and does not really believe that Jesus came back to life from death, which gives power to his words all the more.
Application: pray and email verse 24 to dad with what I believe about Jesus.