God’s Word Goes Forth: Abide in God’s Love
John 3:22-36: Jesus and his disciples come to Judea and perform baptisms. John baptizes people in Aenon. The disciples of John and the Pharisees dispute about washing rituals. John reminds the people that he had told them about the coming of the Messiah. He says that the Son of God has come to share the message of God’s eternal love. He tells them that the Son has the full power of God’s Spirit.
Today's Scripture: John 3:36
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not have life, but will remain under God’s punishment.
22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went to the province of Judea, where he spent some time with them and baptized. 23 John also was baptizing in Aenon, not far from Salim, because there was plenty of water in that place. People were going to him, and he was baptizing them. ( 24 This was before John had been put in prison.) 25 Some of John's disciples began arguing with a Jew about the matter of ritual washing. 26 So they went to John and told him, “Teacher, you remember the man who was with you on the east side of the Jordan, the one you spoke about? Well, he is baptizing now, and everyone is going to him!” 27 John answered, “No one can have anything unless God gives it. 28 You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, “I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.” 29 The bridegroom is the one to whom the bride belongs; but the bridegroom's friend, who stands by and listens, is glad when he hears the bridegroom's voice. This is how my own happiness is made complete. 30 He must become more important while I become less important. ” 31 He who comes from above is greater than all. He who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly matters, but he who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He tells what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his message. 33 But whoever accepts his message confirms by this that God is truthful. 34 The one whom God has sent speaks God's words, because God gives him the fullness of his Spirit. 35 The Father loves his Son and has put everything in his power. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not have life, but will remain under God's punishment.
Reread 3:25. The Jewish people had rules about washing themselves and their dishes in order to prepare themselves for worship. What do you do to prepare for worship? How can God’s forgiveness and grace prepare you for worship?
Gracious God, forgive me for the ways in which I have failed to care for my neighbors and for your creation. Create a clean heart in me, that my mind and spirit may be ready to worship you in truth. Amen.
All who are worshipping today