This set of verses speaks of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.  None of the disciples knew what to expect when they came to the grave that day and I am sure what did happen was not what they did expect.  For instance Mary Magdalene had no idea what was happening.  She expected a body but she got the first knowledge that Jesus rose from the dead.  This chapter has a lot of wonderful things about the resurrection. 
It is okay for us to symbolically inspect the empty tomb but be careful that you don’t linger at the tomb itself.  He is risen and ascended into Heaven and He has things that we can do.
What do you think I can do after 65 years?  Of course it is not for salvation but because of salvation.  For it would not mean working my own way, but Christ’s way which is better.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
Gambling for His garment is prophetic going back 1000 years to Psalm 22:13.  Next Jesus from the cross even in His agony hands the responsibility of care for His mother to John and I am sure He must have done it well.  Then we have Jesus words, “It is finished.” I go back to chapter 4:13 where Jesus said to the disciples, “My food is to do the will of My Father who sent Me and to finish His work.”  Here He said it is finished and He bowed His head and yielded up His Spirit.
What kind of work has Christ given me to do? We all have gifts of the Spirit. It is up to Me to find out what that gift is. I could ask what about you, but you must find out that for yourselves.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
When I look at this chapter and I think of what Jesus said in chapter 18:11, "The cup which my Father has given me shall I not drink it?" I wonder when that cup was given.  Notice we are chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world.  Ephesians 1:4
Now in our passages the first act by the Roman soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head.  Where is the first times thorns are mentioned? When Adam brought the curse by eating of the forbidden tree in the garden in Genesis 3:15.  Another verse tells us that Jesus was made a curse for us also.
An interesting statement was when Pilate said , "Behold the Man." There was no man like Him who knew no sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21  Yet He took my sin on the cross.  Then Jesus made a statement, "He made Himself the Son of God." Really this is what He was.
Now what do I say about Jesus?  What do you say about Him? I hope your answer is the same as mine.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
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