John’s first section offered a sweeping view of Jesus’ three-year ministry. The second section, otherwise known as the “Book of Glory,” covers the last days of Jesus’ life.
Today, we’ll read pages 395-408 from John.
John slows the pace considerably in this section. It’s not hard to see why. This is the part of the story where Jesus gives his life for the world.
But there’s more going on beneath the surface. Jesus’ crucifixion takes place on the sixth day of of the week, Friday. He’s buried on the seventh day – the Jewish Sabbath, the day of rest.
And of course, Jesus’ resurrection takes place on the first day of a brand new week. But this is a week unlike any other.
John began his book with an echo of Genesis: “In the beginning…” Now, Jesus’ resurrection signals a whole new beginning. History will never be the same. We will never be the same.
Pages 395 – 408 from John
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
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