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Jesus’ prayer for us: John 17 (Day 361)

Jesus’ prayer for us: John 17 (Day 361)

The Gospels tell us that Jesus often went away by himself to pray, but in this chapter we get a rare chance to overhear one of his prayers. It’s an intimate prayer for the people who love him – the disciples gathered for his last Passover meal - ...

Questions, questions: John 18 (Day 362)

Questions, questions: John 18 (Day 362)

This chapter is full of questions – count them! Some are answered with simple facts, some are answered with simple lies, and others are rhetorical, intended to make a point rather than asking for information. But when we come to the conversation be...

‘Crucify him!’: John 19.1–16 (Day 363)

‘Crucify him!’: John 19.1–16 (Day 363)

John's account of the death of Jesus is both moving and horrifying. Perhaps one thing that stands out, though, is the personal hostility with which Jesus is treated; whipping was standard, but the soldiers ram a crown of thorns onto his head and slap...

Happy are those who believe: John 20.24–29 (Day 364)

Happy are those who believe: John 20.24–29 (Day 364)

John's stories of Jesus' resurrection appearances are the most vivid, memorable and personal of all the Gospel writers. One of them in this chapter is his encounter with Thomas – for ever afterwards, rather unfairly, called 'Doubting Thomas'.

‘Do you love me?’: John 21.15–19 (Day 365)

‘Do you love me?’: John 21.15–19 (Day 365)

Perhaps all of us know what it's like to betray and hurt people we care about, at least to some extent. It might be as simple as failing to live up to what they think of us; or it might be something worse, like turning our backs on them when they rea...

‘Come, Lord Jesus!’: Revelation 22.1–5 (Day 366)

‘Come, Lord Jesus!’: Revelation 22.1–5 (Day 366)

In the first few verses of chapter 22 John writes of the 'river of the water of life' flowing from the throne of God, down the street of the city, and of the 'tree of life' on either side of the river.

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