21 April: Who Has Believed?

With a huge question mark over “truth” and what to believe these days, today’s chapter holds a question that was asked 28 centuries ago but remains unanswered today…

READ JOHN 12   Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


When our Mikey was taken from us in 2009, I remember saying that it was as if I’d lost my right arm. Mikey was my strong boy. He’d be my helper in my old age. If anything happened to Mark, Mike would be my dependable right-hand-man. So when HIStory speaks of the Arm of the Lord, what happens if the Creator God’s “arm” is an actual person?

“I will redeem you with an outstretched arm…”[a]  “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save…”[b]

If an appendage, then it makes perfect sense for the Creator God’s Name to be embedded inside that person?[c]  When God sent Jesus [v27], was He plunging Himself in, by putting His own Arm into the caldron to save us out of the “hot water we’re in”? If plunging His Arm in, meant losing His Arm in the end [v33], there’s little wonder that He turned His face away.[d] I too would grit my teeth and turn my head away, when putting my hand into flames to save those I loved. Or, have my arm mangled beyond recognition in machinery that I’d set going. If “the Arm of the Lord” is a person, today’s chapter holds a 28-century-old question that remains unanswered today: “…who has believed our message, and to whom has the Arm of the Lord been revealed?” [v38]

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to connect with the Great MasterPlanner? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[e]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

I’ll give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart. I’ll tell of all Your wonderful deeds. I’ll be glad and rejoice in You. I’ll sing the praises of Your Name, O Most High. [Psalm 9:1-2]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Government decisions in Macau[f]
  • Your Country: God’s Will in National & World Affairs
  • Yourself: Personal Evangelism
  • Your concerns for today
Thank-you that, on Your mountain, Lord Almighty, You’ll prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine – the best of meats and the finest of wines. [Isaiah 25:6]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

In going about my daily choices, Father God, help me to remember that the fear of You, is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. [Proverbs 9:10]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Jesus said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” [John 8:12]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[g] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: An Assured Future

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life, has set us free from the law of sin and death. [Romans 8:1-2]

[a] Exodus 6:6 (See also Ex.15:16 and Duet.4:34; 5:15; 11:2 and 26:8)

[b] Isaiah 59:1

[c] Exodus 23:21

[d] Matthew 27:46

[e] Matthew 6:5-15

[f] http://www.operationworld.org/node/149

[g] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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