Monday Colossians 3:5-11

Prayer: Teach me, Lord Jesus, to live in your grace and do your will through your Word. Amen.

 Off with the old

 …you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10 and have clothed yourselves with the new self… (vv. 9, 10)

 Our devotion writer uses a story from a Lutheran camp where the campers hike and climb through mud and grime and then later go swimming in a lake to wash it all off. Symbolic to washing away all sin, the campers become clean.

In today’s text we learn that that once we become Christian and dedicate ourselves to Jesus, we are to put away our old selves and our old sins. We are washed clean and do not want to get muddy again with the old sins.

 Our devotion writer writes; “In this passage from Colossians, we are reminded that the practices of the ‘old self’ weight us down. Lies, anger, malice, greed, impurity—these things are stripped of f like filthy old garments as we embrace the life of the new self, washed clean in the waters of baptism and made new through Jesus Christ. May you be refreshed by Christ’s promises today and live as hi new creation, never wanting to go back to life apart from him.”

 This is certainly a good study to have after the emotional high of Easter and the celebration of the resurrection. What do we do now? We change. We don’t need the sins of last week. We don’t want that life anymore. Now where do we go? Certainly not backwards.

 Prayer: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”


Colossians 3:5-11

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10 and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. 11 In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!


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Sunday Matthew 28:1-10

Prayer: Christ is Risen! Thanks be to God! We rejoice in your Word, O God, for your glory and your power over death. Praise to you, O Christ. Amen.


 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. (v. 1)

We know the story so well. As I prepare this morning, the Roman Catholic Mass from Rome is on TV. I am again struck that there are so many people all over this world who the story of Christ has touched. The thousands who made the pilgrimage to the Vatican to participate in today’s worship. And we also today worship in our way in our time zone and in our church.

 Mary and the other Mary went to the tomb expecting to see a body, but they found it empty of Jesus, and an Angel in His place telling them that He has risen…go and tell the disciples:

So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

 Jesus met them on the way and again told them to “go and tell the others. Jesus has risen, he has risen indeed! Let us tell others too.

 What our devotion writer asks; “What are you hoping to find in your time of devotion and prayer on this action-packed holy day? A word of hope? Some new insight? A quiet moment with God? I hope you find these things, but Jesus has risen so that you may have so much more. Though our sin demanded Jesus’ death, God raised him to life. And because, in his mercy, Christ has claimed us as his own, the tomb will not hold us either. Death is now something more than loss and defeat. We will rise as Jesus Christ is risen—his resurrection changes everything!”

 Prayer: “You are risen, O Christ! Fill my heart with your hope, love and peace, and give me strength to spread the good news. Amen.”


Matthew 28:1-10

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Resurrection of Jesus

28 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”


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Saturday Matthew 27:57-66

Prayer: Have mercy on me, O God, touch me through your Word. Show me your ways, in Christ. Amen.

 Nothing else to do

 57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea…

 I note that Matthew says Joseph of Arimathea was rich AND a disciple of Jesus. Perhaps a story for another time, but Joseph volunteered his personal tomb for the burial of Jesus.

 Our devotion writer uses this time between Jesus death and the resurrection on the third day, to give us a sense of what happened during this time. Jesus was buried. The disciples were in hiding and fearing the next knock on the door might mean they were next. There was mourning and sorrow and lack of direction. What would they do now? Who would lead them?

 He says that some were involved in the care of the Jesus’ body. There was respect for the body until the burial was complete and then they could say; ‘Lord Jesus, we have nothing else to do but trust in your word and promise.’”

 There was nothing else to do until the resurrection.

 We are weak in the face of death. There is nothing we can do once death has come, but to have faith in the power and mercy of God and to believe in His promises.

 Prayer: “Lord Jesus, you alone hold eternal life for us. We place our trust in you. Amen.”



Matthew 27:57-66

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Burial of Jesus

57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.


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Friday John 18:1-19:42

Prayer: O God, we remember today the Cross and the loving sacrifice of your Son, let this day inspire us to share your love with others. In Christ’s name. Amen.

 Good Friday

 17 The woman said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?”

 I suggest that you begin by reading today’s text as if you were one of Jesus’ disciples. Would you be like Peter? Would you even be able to hang around watching?

 Our devotion writer relates a story; “A pastor was invited to speak to a Bible study group on the topic of discipleship. One group member asked, ‘What makes a disciple?’ The pastor replied, ‘Well when we read the Gospels, we learn that disciples are those who rejected, misunderstood, abandoned, betrayed, and denied Jesus.”

 Well, well. So we are like Peter after all? We are not always displaying our best faith are we? We often keep silent so people don’t know we are really following Jesus. We don’t always stand up and affirm our faith in the face of criticism of our faith. Do we not also stand by and let the progressives apologize for the sign of a cross in a public place?

 We could certainly do a better job of imitating Jesus’ examples. And we could be better in our spiritual disciplines. Or do we continue to deny, reject and misunderstand our Lord. As our devotion writer expounds; “And yet it was precisely for sinners like us that Jesus died. What seemed like a dead-end road for his followers—the cross—became a new beginning for us all. Our Lord’s desire to forgive sinners will never be overcome!”

 Prayer: “Have mercy on me, O Christ. I stand in need of your forgiveness and grace. Amen.”


John 18-19:42

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

18 After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” They answered, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus replied, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they stepped back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these men go.” This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken, “I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me.” 10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave’s name was Malchus. 11 Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

Jesus before the High Priest

12 So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him. 13 First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people.

Peter Denies Jesus

15 Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 16 but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. 17 The woman said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” 18 Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself.

The High Priest Questions Jesus

19 Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. 20 Jesus answered, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. 21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.” 22 When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” 23 Jesus answered, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?” 24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Peter Denies Jesus Again

25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, “You are not also one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” 26 One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.

Jesus before Pilate

28 Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” 30 They answered, “If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” 31 Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.” The Jews replied, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death.” 32 (This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.)

33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” 37 Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate asked him, “What is truth?”

Jesus Sentenced to Death

After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no case against him. 39 But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 40 They shouted in reply, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a bandit.

19 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God.”

Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever. He entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Pilate therefore said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” 12 From then on Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are no friend of the emperor. Everyone who claims to be a king sets himself against the emperor.”

13 When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat on the judge’s bench at a place called The Stone Pavement, or in Hebrew Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, “Here is your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but the emperor.” 16 Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

So they took Jesus; 17 and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” 23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. 24 So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.” This was to fulfill what the scripture says,

“They divided my clothes among themselves,     and for my clothing they cast lots.”

25 And that is what the soldiers did.

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Jesus’ Side Is Pierced

31 Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. 35 (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.) 36 These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, “None of his bones shall be broken.” 37 And again another passage of scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.”

The Burial of Jesus

38 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. 39 Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. 40 They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. 42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.


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Thursday 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Prayer: Lord Jesus, open our hearts and minds to your message for us today through your Word. Amen.

 Maundy Thursday

 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

 I learned in Confirmation class, that Holy Communion was one of the most important things for me as a Christian to hold sacred, and to participate in often. It is through the sharing of the Bread and Wine, and the Body and Blood, of our Lord that we receive God’s touch and blessing. And that we then proclaim the death and resurrection of our Lord to the world.

 So it is that Paul tells us and the Corinthians that Christ died and sacrificed to give His body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins. Our devotion writer proclaims; “It is not coincidence that in many celebrations of the Eucharist, worshipers respond: ‘Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.’ This memorial acclamation reminds us that Christ’s death is but one part of the larger story; the Father raised Jesus, and Christ himself has promised to return in glory. The One who poured out his flesh and blood for us gives us this promise to hold onto always—we have forgiveness of sins and eternal life in his name.”

 And so this Maundy Thursday we once again look to the Cross and to Jesus’ sacrifice for us and we reach out to accept his Word and proclaim that He has risen and comes again for us.

 Prayer: “O Lord Jesus Christ, may the good news of your salvation always be upon my lips. Amen.”


1 Corinthians 11:23-26

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

23 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.


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Wednesday Hebrews 12:1-3

Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us the courage and the faith to stand up and be counted for your Word. Amen.

 For the sake of joy

 Jesus…for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross…(v. 2)

It is Holy Week—the week of Easter and the celebration of the sacrifice and the redemption of all mankind. As our devotion writer concludes, many people understand that sacrifice for future success result in greater rewards. Jesus teaches through His example that suffering and sacrifice was necessary for His purposes and as a result we have been granted a place with Him and the Father.

 Certainly we have not suffered the kind of sacrifice that Jesus did, but we can see that sacrifice is often necessary. Graduation, obtaining a degree, getting a license, raising children earning a living require sacrifice…or not doing what we would rather do in order to succeed. Jesus, on the other hand knew that the ultimate sacrifice and the resurrection and the ascension were necessary to guarantee all who believed in Him to have life with Him by grace.

Our devotion writer explains; “As we journey through Holy Week, we remember that Jesus endured punishment and death on the cross for the sake of the joy that was sent before him. And yet the joy was not his alone. The joy of God’s forgiveness of sin and eternal life is joy that opens up a future for you and me. ‘Consider him who endured such hostility against himself for sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart’ (v. 3).”

Prayer: “We praise you, O Lord Jesus, for your great love and sacrifice for our sakes. Fill us with your joy today. Amen.”


Hebrews 12:1-3

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Example of Jesus

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.


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Tuesday John 12:20-56

Prayer: O God, give us wisdom through your Word, which we can use to teach others about you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 Seeking wisdom

 23 Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

 What do we think we seek when we pray to God for wisdom? Our devotion writer reminds us that Jesus’ form of wisdom was counter to the wisdom of man. The Greeks who sought Jesus had heard of Jesus’ teachings and miracles so they were curious to learn more as the Greeks tended to do.

 Our devotion writer writes; “But the wisdom of Jesus is not of this world. His teaching has the character of paradox—it is truth derived from contradiction. Jesus gives us a metaphor of grains of wheat that die in order to produce fruit. This is another kind of truth; he is talking about himself. The Greeks sought glory in wisdom. Jesus teaches that his glory will appear when he is lifted up on a cross.”

No wonder we struggle sometimes to see what God’s plan is. The wisdom we seek should be the wisdom of God so we may better understand and appreciate His Wisdom

 Our devotion writer summarizes; The wisdom of Jesus creates a ‘real presence’ in the bread and wine of Communion. The Greeks sought abstract knowledge. Jesus gave them and gives us the bread of life in his body and blood. We ingest his glory.”

 Prayer: “Suffering Redeemer of the world, create in me a clean heart, so that I may receive you in the bread and wine. Amen.”


John 12:20-50

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Some Greeks Wish to See Jesus

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

Jesus Speaks about His Death

27 “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. 34 The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”

The Unbelief of the People

After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them. 37 Although he had performed so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in him. 38 This was to fulfill the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah:

“Lord, who has believed our message,     and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

39 And so they could not believe, because Isaiah also said,

40 “He has blinded their eyes     and hardened their heart, so that they might not look with their eyes,     and understand with their heart and turn—     and I would heal them.”

41 Isaiah said this because he saw his glory and spoke about him. 42 Nevertheless many, even of the authorities, believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess it, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved human glory more than the glory that comes from God.

Summary of Jesus’ Teaching

44 Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. 47 I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, 49 for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”

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