John 21

Monday: John 21:1-4
Tuesday: John 21:5-8
Wednesday: John 21:9-14
Thursday: John 21:15-19
Friday: John 21:20-25

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
1.    Having witnessed Jesus’ death and resurrection, the disciples try to return to what had been normal to them. Jesus met them where they were, but he didn’t leave them there. Are there places in your life where, after encountering Jesus, you’ve attempted to return to something familiar and “normal,” only to find that something is askew? Is Jesus working to transform your normality? To what “new normal” is he calling you?

2.    Peter tries to compare himself to another disciple. Jesus, in so many words, tells Peter to mind his own business. Have you ever felt that someone else gets a better deal from Jesus than do you? Is Jesus speaking to you now about minding your own business, to focus your attention on how he is drawing you into his work?

John 20

Monday: John 20:1-10
Tuesday: John 20:11-18
Wednesday: John 20:19-23
Thursday: John 20:24-29
Friday: John 20:30-31

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

1. The story of God’s work begins and reaches a climax in a garden. Mary thought that Jesus was the man who tended the garden near the tomb. In Genesis 2, it is the first humans who set about to tend the garden. In John 20, Jesus rises victorious and appears to take on the posture of a gardener. How does this appearance transform the curse in Genesis 3? Is Jesus able to bring transformation to the areas of your life where you feel cursed?

2. Jesus comes back to see Thomas and gives him the physical evidence he seems to need in order to believe. Have you struggled with unbelief? Have you labored under the guilt of having that struggle in the first place? What if you offered your doubts to Jesus and asked him to give you what you need to believe? Would he love you as much as he loved Thomas?

 

John 19

Monday: John 19:1-16a
Tuesday: John 19:16b-24
Wednesday: John 19:25-30
Thursday: John 19:31-37
Friday: John 19:38-42

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
1.    Pilate’s power is a received and temporal power. Jesus knows the opposite is true of God. How are we often formed by powers—politics, government, institutions, family, media—and then view the Lordship of Jesus through those lenses? Where is the tension in your life between the power of culture and the power of God?

2.    Jesus alone carries his cross, but dies in the company of two criminals. When he thirsts, his executioners give him some of their own cheap wine. The religious elite called Jesus “friend of sinners.” Have you considered where you stand in relation to those we call “sinners?” Do you stand far from them or side-by-side with them?

John 18

Monday: John 18:1-11
Tuesday: John 18:12-18
Wednesday: John 18:19-27
Thursday: John 18:28-32
Friday: John 18:33-40

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
1.    Once Jesus is bound and taken away by the temple guard, the remaining disciples are left standing alone. Put yourself among them. What are the thoughts going through your mind? What do you think you might have lost?

2.    In this text Peter appears to move from reckless courage (attacking the high priest’s servant with a sword) to tentative fear (his three denials). What do you think accounts for the shift in his behavior? Why do you think it is significant that both of these things take place as Peter positions himself in close proximity to Jesus?

3.    When Jesus speaks of testifying and belonging to “the truth,” Pilate asks (probably in a rhetorical way), “What is truth?” Why do you think that no answer is provided to Pilate’s question? Does this say something to you about how you determine what is true in relationship to Jesus?