January 13

John 18:36 (NLT)

36 Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

Because Pilate’s answer indicated that he was concerned only about a rival political kingdom to Rome (v. 35), our Lord replied as He did in this verse, indicating that His was not such a kingdom. It was a Kingdom built upon spiritual principles, a kingdom not of or from this world. Pilate was then satisfied that Jesus was not a political threat and therefore wished to release Him.

Rather than being a political ruler, Christ the true King, rules through the devotion and obedience of his followers.

My kingdom. Jesus agrees that he has a kingdom but asserts that it is not the kind of kingdom that has soldiers to fight for it. It was not built, nor is it maintained, by military might.

Life Application

“Christ rules through the devotion and obedience of His followers.” So how you doing with this? What’s your devotion like? This means, your commitment to follow His ways, to live your life in accordance to His ways. And do you find yourself desiring to live an obedient life or do you struggle with obedience? Take time to pray about this, asking God to help you increase in these areas.

John 20:30-31 (NLT)

Purpose of the Book

30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

“These are written so that you may believe.” This states the purpose of this Gospel. Through the signs narrated, the reader is to come to faith in Jesus as more than a miracle worker. He is Christ, the incarnate Word, with the Father and the Holy Spirit as Triune God. Through believing, we find life in Him who is the source of life (Jn 6:32- 58).

Life Application

This is why the book of John is a great starting point for your friends. Encourage them to read the book of John, to give the Bible a go and see where it takes them. It won’t take long and they’ll be wiser for it.

John 21:25 (NLT)

25 Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.

Jesus is God and is therefore infinite. There is no limit to the meaning of His words or to the number of His works. While He was here on earth, He was still the Upholder of all things—the sun, moon, and stars. Who could ever describe all that is involved in keeping the universe in motion? Even in His miracles on earth, we have only the barest description. In a simple act of healing, think of the nerves, muscles, blood corpuscles, and other members that He controlled. Think of His direction of germs, fishes, animal life. Think of His guidance in the affairs of men. Think of His control over the atomic structure of every bit of matter in the universe. Could the world itself possibly contain the books to describe such infinite details? The answer is an emphatic “No.”

Life Application

Friends, we serve a majestic King. One who governs all. Next time you’re in a worship service, think about the above statements and give Him praise for the wonder of His majesty.