In John 17 we find Jesus prayer to the Father.  I am thinking John 17 could be part of the three hours of His Gethsemane prayer which was  revealed to John of the Holy Spirit later, but I can't be certain.  
Now it was time to go over the brook and meet Judas and his soldiers.  What Judas didn't know and what we know is that God already knew all about it.  All this was written about in at the last 2 psalms plus others too.  We can't thwart the purpose of God.
Now Peter thought he could hinder God's purpose cutting off the mans ear but Jesus said, "Put your sword up, the cup which my Father has given me shall I not drink it." The Bible gives us the beginning and the end of God's eternity.  
Now all I need to do is go along with God's plans and not worry about what I can do to further it.  Just preach it.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling
 
This is Jesus personal talk with the Father just before going to the cross. It seems according to Jesus talk that there was glory in the cross.  One interesting phrase for a man (that He was ) that was to be taken and crucified was the statement, "You have given me authority over all flesh." You don't think that Jesus could have obliterated all those who put their hands against Him. What about all who are against Him today.  I shutter to think about that.  Jesus then speaks of the Father taking care of His men, ladies too, but especially His companions.
I especially marvel at verse 5 where Jesus is asking (after the cross) for the Father to restore to Him the glory that He had with the Father before the world was.  That brings Him back to eternity past.  
Now what my attitude is that I have a part with this eternal person so I have no right to please myself.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling.


 
In the start of this reading Jesus said to His disciples that He had many things to say to them but they could not bear them now.  As I go through the Bible Old Testament and New, I find it interesting that everything is revealed.  However Jesus meant that the Holy Spirit would inform them what was true.  How this was revealed after Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was indwelling the Lords people. Now there is no excuse not to get it unless there is a deficiency in the mind.  Jesus said all things the father has are mine.  Jesus said the Holy Spirit would take what is mine and give it to you.  The question is how much of it do you want?  I just want all of Him I can get.
I find it interesting when Jesus said a little while and you will not see me.  Then you will see Me because I go to My Father.  Jesus already told them He would send the Holy Spirit when He entered Heaven.  Then they would see Him through the Holy Spirit who He would send.  That is my position and can be your to. Use Him!

 
This is one of the "I AM's" in the book of John.  I don't think I have ever taken time to count.  The phrase "I AM" comes all the way from Exodus 4 when Moses asked God who it was that he should say the Name of the One that sent Him. These "I AM's" identify that Jesus is God.
​Jesus goes on to say that individual Christians are the branches.  If Jesus is the vine and we are the branches life should come through us. 
There are all kinds of corrections Jesus mentions if we don't bear fruit.  Filling up seems to mean that if we don't bear fruit we could be worldly and correcting would mean getting our branches off the earth.  If there is fruit then pruning is what is needed.  Then there are two terms, which Jesus used and that is more fruit and much fruit.  More fruit may be more normal and much fruit better but it comes from abiding in Jesus the Vine.
This is what Jesus is seeking to get across to us in these eleven verses.  Are you a more  fruit Christian or a much fruit Christian? 
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
I remember what the Lord Jesus said to the devil in Matthew 4:4, "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."  I have observed that principle my whole spiritual life.  It can keep someone from the doctrine of error. Here Jesus says, "If you love me keep My commandments." Also a truth that I have observed however not always perfectly. Now Jesus said He would pray to the Father and He would send the Holy Spirit to live in them and us too. I would say forever means He will never leave us.  When Jesus said I will not leave you orphans, He means He in the person of the Holy Spirit Jesus will come to us. The three persons of the Godhead are One in purpose.
Jesus said, "He who has My commandments and keeps them and keeps them, he it is that loves me and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him." Judas (not Iscariot) said, "How are you to manifest yourself to us and not to the world?" This is as interesting question. I can worship and pray in truth of what I have in Christ and my neighbors know nothing about it unless I tell them and they get saved.  Unless they do it and it means nothing to them.  The wonderful truth of verses 23 & 24 is if we keep His word He and the Father (and Holy Spirit) will come and make their home with us. The opposite truth is in verse 24. He who does not love me and does not keep my words then this is not Jesus or the Father.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling
 
I have heard messages about being saved from this first verse but why did Jesus say what He did? We must take into account that when John's letter was written there were no chapter or verse numbers.  Just one big letter which I don't even know where it was written.  So when Jesus said , "Let not your heart be troubled and believe in me." He had just told them about His death and He told Peter he would deny Him three times by the next morning.  What Jesus was saying was just believe that I know what is going to happen.  This also helps confirm his Deity.  Next Jesus continued to confirm His deity by speaking about His Father's house and going to prepare a place for us to live.  I always explain about mansions because it is only that way in the two King James translations.  I'll be satisfied whatever Jesus has for me.  He then says after going to prepare a place for us He is coming  back to get us.  Then we have Thomas with his question that he didn't know where Jesus was going and how come he knows the way. I am glad Thomas asked that.  It gives us clarity.  Notice three words that Jesus said, "I am the Way, The Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father but by me." I want to emphasize those words.  The Way, The Truth and the Life.  We hang on all these words.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling
 
I sometimes would like to go farther than our Friday reading in our blog, but first of all I want to back up to the beginning of this chapter. Jesus now remembers He is known by Paul in 2 Corinthians 2:8 as the Lord of glory.  Paul in his early life was not willing to call Him that.
​Now in this chapter we find Jesus taking a servant position and he Is telling His Apostles to be that way too. Jesus call Himself their example that they should do likewise.  We must be careful not to a ct like we are greater than our Lord.  In our pride it would be easier than we think to do. 
Jesus then says, "If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them." We have to read the whole package and then get to work. 
Then Jesus mentions that one would eat bread with Him would turn his heel against Him, "This is a prophetic statement of Psalm 41:9.  I often wondered when Judas knew he would do that.  It also focuses in Acts 1:25 that he went to his own place, meaning he was never saved.  I hope everyone who reads this is saved by accepting the work Jesus did when He died for us on the cross.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling


 
I have often wondered why the item called prayer mentioned first, is part of the Armor of God or does it stand alone? However we must use it and I believe that without it the rest of the armor would not be effective.  It may be like going to war without contacting the General that is in charge of the battle.  Then Paul writes from a prison in Rome. He says that he needs prayer more than ever.  He uses the term, "that utterance (prayer words) may be given me that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the Gospel."  Whoever reads this I would ask the same from you.  Paul calls himself an ambassador in chains. If you read Philippians 1 that is really what he was.  However if you read 2 Corinthians 5:20 it will say that we are ambassadors too, but perhaps no material chains.
Paul concludes this with, "Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with sincerity.  I do believe it would please Paul if he saw that we were loving the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.  I am hoping this is true of me and of whoever reads this.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
This section of verses speak of children & parents and slaves & masters. I can't be sure exactly what is meant by the first commandment with promise.  However this promise is mentioned in the ten commandments.  I really don't see any recorded promises in the rest. Now how is this promise fulfilled? I do believe if a child obeys parental authority there is peaceful living and that I do believe is healthy living and that may lead to a longer life.  I am saying this more at 84 years old, but I do have to confess my young life was not characterized by obedience to my parents.  Probably more the opposite.  Yet I was saved by the grace of God at 21 and here I am at a ripe old age.  it is all of God and not of myself.  Fathers if the children are doing well don't continually grip at them asking for them to do better.
Paul does not do anything about slavery, but just tells slaves how to treat their masters.  He tells them their masters are subject to the greatest Master which is Christ that they should look beyond their master to Christ.  Masters in treating slaves should do the same as unto Christ. Now all of this is to be observed by me, not as the matter of slavery, but relationships even in times when any authority is there.  Our employer may be the worst boss yet we are to honor him as if he was Christ.
By Pastor Curt Darling

 
This verse presents us as once darkness, but now light in the world.  I know all about that darkness that I was in but now I’m in the light.  We are to walk as children of light. There is no cause for going backward.  Our life is to be characterized by the fruit of the Spirit.  Here the list is goodness, righteousness and truth.  A bigger list is Galatians 5:22-23. Next we must find out what is acceptable to the Lord.  We must constantly look for this.  Christians being at home with worldly ways and worldly people do not help.  We are to expose them.  How can we expose someone we count as friends? Paul here says it is shameful even to speak of things done by them in secret.  I used to do a pleasant sarcasm about their ways. I don’t do that anymore.
Then we have a word from Isaiah the prophet, “Wake up if you are asleep and arise from the dead. Christ will give you light.”  
I am stopping my quotations here.  I must ask myself, “Am I doing what I need to do or am I slacking off in what I said here and if I do how can I repair it?”
Written by Pastor Curt Darling