Easter Devotional

Wednesday

Scripture Reading

John 12:27-36 (ESV)
27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose 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 that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 34 So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”

Reflection Questions

  • Jesus seems to suggest that spiritual knowledge (“light” v. 35) is a gift that should not be taken for granted. God has the ability/right to turn on and off spiritual knowledge (i.e. “light”). God is not obligated to give it, and we must be good stewards of it. How might God’s judgment be manifested in one not having access or understanding of spiritual truth?
  • Since God is not obligated to give spiritual insight, how should we respond to any spiritual insight given? What is our responsibility? (see v. 35)
  • What might this look like for you today? What do you need to do to take advantage of the light that God has given to you?

Prayer

  • Where has God given you spiritual light? Pray that God would give you wisdom to take advantage of the gift of spiritual insight.
  • Pray for you and others that you will come across today, that God would be gracious and give understanding of Jesus and eagerness to trust and obey him.