SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 20: John 21:24-25

This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which, if every one of them were written down, I suppose not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Throughout the Gospel of John, John has referred to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” It was how he viewed himself. It was the basis for his whole identity in this Gospel and it is an incredible foundation for your identity as well. … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 19: John 21:20-23

So Peter turned around and saw the disciple Jesus loved following them, the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and asked, “Lord, who is the one that’s going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” “If I want him to remain until I come,” Jesus answered, “what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” So this rumor spread to the brothers and sisters that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not tell him that he would not die, but, “If I want him to … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 18: John 21:18-19

“Truly I tell you, when you were younger, you would tie your belt and walk wherever you wanted. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you and carry you where you don’t want to go.” He said this to indicate by what kind of death Peter would glorify God. After saying this, he told him, “Follow me.” _____________________________________________________________________________________ Historic tradition maintains that Peter himself was crucified and that he insisted his cross be turned upside down because the resemblance to Jesus’ death was too stark and he felt undeserving. Jesus prophesied … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 17: John 21:15-17

When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said to him, “you know that I love you.” “Feed my lambs,” he told him. A second time he asked him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” he said to him, “you know that I love you.” “Shepherd my sheep,” he told him. He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved that he asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 16: John 21:9-14

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus told them. So Simon Peter climbed up and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish—153 of them. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. “Come and have breakfast,” Jesus told them. None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread, and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish. This was … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 15: John 20:30-31

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. _____________________________________________________________________________________ The Gospel of John is a work of meta-nonfiction because it is a true piece of literature that acknowledges itself as literature. In fact, in verse 31, John shared by the Holy Spirit his whole purpose in writing at all. He wrote so that you would believe and that, by believing, you … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 14: John 20:24-29

But Thomas (called “Twin”), one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples were telling him, “We’ve seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “If I don’t see the mark of the nails in his hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe.” A week later his disciples were indoors again, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 13: John 20:19-23

When it was evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were gathered together with the doors locked because they feared the Jews. Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” Having said this, he showed them his hands and his side. So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” After saying this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 12: John 20:17-18

“Don’t cling to me,” Jesus told her, “since I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them that I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them what he had said to her. _____________________________________________________________________________________ If Jesus was referring to Mary and Joseph’s biological children, his half-brothers who did not believe in Him, then Matthew 12:46-50 and Mark 10:29-30 make more sense in light of today’s passage. In Matthew 12:46-50, Jesus … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 11: John 20:11-16

But Mary stood outside the tomb, crying. As she was crying, she stooped to look into the tomb. She saw two angels in white sitting where Jesus’s body had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “Because they’ve taken away my Lord,” she told them, “and I don’t know where they’ve put him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know it was Jesus. “Woman,” Jesus said to her, “why are you crying? Who is it that you’re … Read More