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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, January 26, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Jesus knew his crucifixion lay ahead, and because he was human, he dreaded it. He knew he would have to take the sins of the world on himself, and he knew this would separate him from his Father. He wanted to be delivered from this horrible death, but he knew that God sent him into the world to die for our sins, in our place. Jesus said no to his human desires in order to obey his Father and glorify him. Although we will never have to face such a difficult and awesome task, we are still called to obedience. Whatever the Father asks, we should do his will and bring glory to his name. (NLT)
John 12:20-33 – Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem to attend the Passover paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, “Sir, we want to meet Jesus.” Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus.
Jesus replied, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. The truth is, a kernel of wheat must be planted in the soil. Unless it dies it will be alone—a single seed. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who despise their life in this world will keep it fro eternal life. All those who want to be my disciples must come and follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And if they follow me, the Father will honor them. Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from what lies ahead’? But that is the very reason why I came! Father, bring glory to your name.”
Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought it glory, and I will do it again.” When the crowd heard the voice, some thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken to him.
Then Jesus told them, “The voice was for your benefit, not mine. The time of judgment for the world has come, when the prince of this world will be cast out. And when I am lifted up on the cross, I will draw everyone to myself.” He said this to indicate how he was going to die.
Jesus said, “Now my soul is troubled.” –John 12:27 (NRSV)
Steve Burns (Arkansas) titled his story “THE IMPORTANCE OF RECHARGING;” here is a portion of Steve’s story:
“A friend of mine was showing me the features of his new smartphone. . . .
“Sometimes, like my friend’s phone, we need to be recharged. Even the strongest of saints needs encouragement. We get caught up in life’s challenges and stress. Our souls become troubled. That’s when we can turn to God for encouragement and strength. Perhaps God speaks to us through a kind word from a friend or maybe God recharges our hearts through prayer and Bible study. When life feels draining and the next step is a mystery, we can seek the recharging power of a God whose love for us is immeasurable and unending.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When life depletes us, God can recharge our spirits.
Prayer: Dear God, remind us to look to you for revitalization. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/