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Whoever keeps my word will never taste death (John 8:52)
Monday John 8:48-52 (NRSV)
This passage begins with the ultimate insult. Jesus is accused of being a despised outsider (a Samaritan) AND of having a demon. Jesus responds that whoever keeps his word will never see death. The people listening conclude that he must have a demon, since he is speaking nonsense.
What do you think Jesus means that people have to keep his word?
What do you think Jesus means that people will never see death?
Tuesday John 8:52-58 (NRSV)
The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’” Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?”
Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, ‘He is our God,’ though you do not know him. But I know him; if I would say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and I keep his word. Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day; he saw it and was glad.”
Then the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”
Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
What do you think Jesus means that Abraham rejoiced that he would see Jesus’ day?
What does this tell you about Jesus?
What does it tell you about Abraham?
What does it tell you about space and time?
Wednesday Matthew 16:24-27
Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
What do you think it means to take up your cross and follow Jesus?
What do you think it means to lose your life for Jesus’ sake?
What do you think Jesus means that there were some disciples standing with him who would not taste death before they saw the Son of Man coming in his kingdom?
Thursday Matthew 17:1-3 (NRSV)
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.
Do you think this really happened or was it a vision?
What does it say about space and time?
What does it say about life and death?
Friday Matthew 22:31-32 (NRSV)
“And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is God not of the dead, but of the living.”
Jesus said Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are all still alive for God, even though they died centuries ago. God “is God not of the dead, but of the living.”
What does this tell you about life and death?
Saturday Philippians 2:5-11 (NRSV)
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
What attitude(s) does Paul encourage you to have?
Do you agree that this would be the best way to behave?
How close are you to behaving like this?
Sunday Daniel 7:13-14 (NRSV)
As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him. To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.
Who do you think Daniel is talking about?
What do you think Daniel means that “his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed”?
La Jolla Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, a fast-growing association of churches that believe the Bible. Other LCMC churches in the San Diego area include Penasquitos Lutheran Church at 14484 Penasquitos Drive; and St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 2602 Reo Drive. Check the list of more than 800 congregations to find an LCMC church near you.
The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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