March 25-30
John 7-10
Devotional Background

Who wrote the book?

Not surprisingly, the gospel of John never provides the name of its author. Such identifications were not made in any of the other three biblical gospels either. However, two significant factors point to the identification of John as the author. First, the book itself identifies the author as the
disciple whom Jesus loved. This description likely pointed to John for three reasons: the author had to be one of the twelve disciples because he was an eyewitness to the events in the gospel (John 21:24); he was probably one of the inner circle of three disciples (James, John, and Peter) because he was among the first Mary told of the
resurrection (20:1–10); and this disciple is distinguished from Peter in the book, while James died too soon after the resurrection to be the author.

The second significant evidence for John’s authorship is the unanimous testimony of early Christians, among them the second-century Christian Irenaeus, who declared that John was the disciple who laid his head on Jesus—the
disciple “whom Jesus loved” (13:23)—and the author of the gospel.

https://insight.org/resources/bible/the-gospels/john

 

Weekly Schedule

Day 1 (March 25)
John 7:32-53
Key Verse: John 7:37-38

Day 2 (March 26)
John 8:1-30
Key Verse: John 8:12

Day 3 (March 27)
John 8:31-54
Key Verse: John 8:32

Day 4 (March 28)
John 9:1-22
Key Verse: John 9:5

Day 5 (March 29)
John 9:23-41
Key Verse: John 9:39

Day 6 (March 30)
John 10:1-21
Key Verse: John 10:17-18

Memory Verse

 John 8:32
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 

April 1-6
John 10-13
Devotional Background

Where are we?

In Christian tradition, John’s gospel has always been referred to as the fourth gospel, meaning it was
composed after the other three. Polycarp, a
second-century Christian martyr who knew John
personally, told Irenaeus that John had written the book during the apostle’s time serving the church in Ephesus. These factors suggest that John wrote the book between AD 85 and AD 95.

Why is John so important?

John did not include the nativity story in his gospel; instead, he introduced his book by going back even further into history. Invoking the “in the beginning” language of Genesis 1:1, John made a direct link
between the nature of God and the nature of the Word, Jesus Christ. The emphasis on the deity of Christ is a striking quality of John’s gospel. It also comes through clearly elsewhere in the book,
particularly in John 8:58 when Jesus claimed the
divine name—“I am”—for Himself, which led an angry mob of Jews to try and kill Him for blasphemy.

https://insight.org/resources/bible/the-gospels/john

 

 

Weekly Schedule

Day 1 (April 1)
John 10:22-42
Key Verse: John 10:27-28

Day 2 (April 2)
John 11:1-37
Key Verse: John 11:33-35

Day 3 (April 3)
John 11:38-57
Key Verse: John 11:43

Day 4 (April 4)
John 12:1-27
Key Verse: John 12:24-25

Day 5 (April 5)
John 12:28-50
Key Verse: John 12:32

Day 6 (April 6)
John 13:1-20
Key Verse: John 13:13-14

Memory Verse
John 10:27
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”

 

April 8-13
John 13-16
Devotional Background

How do I apply this?

Jesus’s identity as the divine Son of God sets Him apart from any other man who ever lived. He carries with Him the transcendence that comes only with God Himself. Therefore, His work on our behalf makes our salvation sure. Because He is God, His
sacrifice on the cross has eternal implications, unlike the limited effect of the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament. Jesus, the God-man, has atoned for our sins. We can place our confidence in Him because of His divine nature.

For readers of John’s gospel, the question is a simple, though significant, one: Do you believe that Jesus is Lord? If you believe, you will receive eternal life, claiming the truth that you will one day live in the presence of God in a place with no more pain, no more tears, and no more death.

https://insight.org/resources/bible/the-gospels/john

 

 

Weekly Schedule

Day 1 (April 8)
John 13:21-38
Key Verse: John 13:34

Day 2 (April 9)
John 14:1-14
Key Verse: John 14:14

Day 3 (April 10)
John 14:15-31
Key Verse: John 14:26

Day 4 (April 11)
John 15:1-27
Key Verse: John 15:8

Day 5 (April 12)
John 16:1-16
Key Verse: John 16:7-8

Day 6 (April 13)
John 16:17-33
Key Verse: John 16:23

Memory Verse
John 15:8
“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”

 

  
April 15-20
John 17-20
Devotional Background

How do I apply this?

Jesus’s identity as the divine Son of God sets Him apart from any other man who ever lived. He carries with Him the transcendence that comes only with God Himself. Therefore, His work on our behalf makes our salvation sure. Because He is God, His
sacrifice on the cross has eternal implications, unlike the limited effect of the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament. Jesus, the God-man, has atoned for our sins. We can place our confidence in Him because of His divine nature.

For readers of John’s gospel, the question is a simple, though significant, one: Do you believe that Jesus is Lord? If you believe, you will receive eternal life, claiming the truth that you will one day live in the presence of God in a place with no more pain, no more tears, and no more death.

https://insight.org/resources/bible/the-gospels/john

 

Weekly Schedule

Day 1 (April 15)
John 17:1-26
Key Verse: John 17:3

Day 2 (April 16)
John 18:1-24
Key Verse: John 18:17

Day 3 (April 17)
John 18:25-40
Key Verse: John 18:17

Day 4 (April 18)
John 19:1-17
Key Verse: John 19:11

Day 5 (April 19)
John 19:18-42
Key Verse: John 19:25-27

Day 6 (April 20)
John 20:1-18
Key Verse: John 20:17

Memory Verse
John 19:11
“Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.”

 

April 22-27
John 20-21/Joshua 1-4
Devotional Background

Who wrote the book?

The book’s primary figure gives it its title. Joshua means “Yahweh saves,”1 an appropriate name for the man who led Israel, under God’s command, to victorious conquest of the Promised Land. Scholars believe that Joshua
himself or a scribe under his direction penned most of the book. Early chapters include firsthand experiences (the NIV uses the pronouns “we” and “us” in Joshua 5:1, 6, for example) and military details worthy of being known and recorded by a general. Joshua 24:26 refers to Joshua
writing a portion of the book himself. After Joshua’s death, the high priests Eleazar or Phinehas may have
supplemented some material in this book that alludes to events after the conquest (15:13–19; 19:47; 24:29–33).

https://insight.org/resources/bible/the-historical-books/joshua

 

 

 

Weekly Schedule

Day 1 (April 22)
John 20:19-31
Key Verse: John 20:30-31

Day 2 (April 23)
John 21:1-25
Key Verse: John 21:25

Day 3 (April 24)
Joshua 1:1-8
Key Verse: Joshua 1:6

Day 4 (April 25)
Joshua 2:1-24
Key Verse: Joshua 2:24

Day 5 (April 26)
Joshua 3:1-17
Key Verse: Joshua 3:5-6

Day 6 (April 27)
Joshua 4:1-24
Key Verse: Joshua 4:23-24

Memory Verse
John 20:31
“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."