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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For March 1, 2021
Preparing The Disciples

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

John 16:1-33 KJV
1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou?
6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?
18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.
19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.
31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

The synagogue was a welcome place for the follower of Jesus to a point. Jesus was still teaching the Jewish law and teaching within the building. Yet a time was coming the disciples would be hated and no longer welcome in the temple. Now the insurrection has passed and Jesus was fixing to betrayed by Judas Iscariot, and pay the price for the deaths in the insurrections. Never in the disciples mind were they yet outcasted from the temple, did not Jesus continue teaching even after the insurrection event. Yet they did not question this to Jesus or why Jesus talked about going away to the one that sent him.

I do not think at this point the disciples were in fear of what would come of Jesus or themselves. He is preparing them for what is to come. The disciples instead of asking Jesus began to ask among themselves about what his he talking about he is going to the Father? They knew not that he be lead like a lamb to the slaughter. He be crucified for the sin of Barabbas. Yet they knew not that the friction between themselves and temple would begin, because think if you killed man that was innocent for the chief priest son, what then, would you not live in fear of those whose leader you killed. No that part is a theory not scripture based, but when one examines the events unfolding one can see the confusion of the Jewish nation of why Jesus was crucified instead of Barabbas could bring opposition.

Speculation is never a fact and so when thinking on this passage of scripture above think for a moment if you were a disciple hearing these words with not the foresight of what will be, and then looking from the cross with hindsight or knowledge of foresight. Jesus words would sound chaotic maybe a little strange no matter how softly or loudly he spoke so all could hear. Jim Jones and David Koresh did this tactics to their followers. The words out of the play book of scripture, yet everything said was untrue.

How many of us would of followed Jesus with his final discourse before the cross. How many of us would of found comfort in this words. When we understand the full story and know Jesus was not a monster, but a gentle soul that healed, and preached the truth, then what was fixing to happened seems like a total nightmare. Yet Jesus is sitting or walking calming talking in plain speech, but yet a riddle to those on the before side of the cross unable to see what was unfolding until it happened.

Devil has tried to use recent cultic leaders like Jim Jones and David Koresh and few more to sound like a Messiah or minister of Christ to betray thousands of people. Yet the life style of these men spoke what they were, even to some in the cultic group. The point being if we examine Christ teaching he spoke of himself that he was going to go to heaven, He was fixing to die, and he would not be there for the slaughter of his disciples in the physical since, but the Holy Spirit was coming to bring them comfort. That his going away was to glorify the Father. That the disciples would feel a great sorrow, speaking of their weeping at the cross of Jesus, and then like a mother giving birth, when the disciples hear he had risen they would be over joyed.

Perhaps the most prefound conversation with a scribe comes from John 3. When Jesus talks about being born again, and Nicodemus would ask him how can one be born again, and Jesus says one must be born of Spirit. Stop there for a second. When did Adam become a living soul when God's breath enter his body.

The disciples instead of asking Jesus what he meant began to inquire of themselves why Jesus kept talking about going to the Father. Jesus would be resurrected and he would walk in glorified state of human flesh, a human flesh that was no longer corruptible when he arose, why because his body was born by the Spirit of God. That same Spirit that left him on the cross, the last breath taken and the first breath given as Christ rose again, not because of sin but because God promised him a new beginning, as he promises all that will follow and lay their burdens at the cross of Calvary. Yet Jesus would have to go to the cross rise again for the disciples to see and understand what Jesus was talking about. Then the Holy Spirit would come on the disciples to do what not to give them a new life or hope but power and this power would produce, faith, love and hope. Disciple understood the words already if they ask God would give it to them. Yet what was done had to be to glorify God the Father.

Dear Heavenly Father, let us see the hope Jesus was explaining to his disciples despite the persecution that would soon follow after the resurrection.

Continual Scripture Study: John 3:1-8 KJV
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Genesis 2:7 KJV
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

1 Corinthians 15:44-58 KJV
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.


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