Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 212/260: Read John 2

The Jews of the first century demanded to know the source of Jesus’ authority. He had driven the sellers of livestock and the moneychangers out of the temple, saying, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” The Jews requested a sign to prove His authority for His actions.

He was the Word, He was with God, and He was God (John 1:1). Why did He need to prove Himself? Because He left heaven and came to earth. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Though He possessed the nature of God, He “made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7). In so doing, “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8).

And so, when the Jews demanded proof of His authority, He did not point to Himself and to His divinity, but to the future when the Father would show power through His resurrection. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

Jesus said after His resurrection, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). How wonderful it would be if all men would recognize that and turn to Him to learn what God desires.

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

John 1:1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


Pray for humility in submitting to the Word of God.

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