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John 16: 33 ” In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Jesus is the Great Overcomer… He who has defeated death, triumphed over the grave, and conquered sin, tells us in this scripture that adversity will only strengthen our spiritual backbone if we won’t give up.  Jesus, the Great Overcomer, has forged the way for us to become overcomers too…to be victors not victims…winners not wounded.

John 2: 24-25 ” Jesus did not commit Himself to them…for He knew what was in man.”

Bottom line…you can’t trust people.  They’ll say one thing, but do the opposite.  They’ll promise things they can never deliver on.  They’ll declare their love and then turn around and break your heart.  Mankind is just that…humans with lots of flaws that disappoint each other daily.  And that’s difficult when we demand perfection from those who can’t achieve it….for it leads only to disillusionment.  And we need to be careful that disillusionment doesn’t cause us to become cynical, critical, and bitter.  Bottom line…you can’t trust people – but you can trust God.  You can fully trust God with your life, your future, your everything.

Matthew 14:17 ” We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish, they answered.”

Next to the Resurrection, the feeding of the 5,000, is the only story found in all four Gospels.  Even though they all come from a little different perspective, the miracle was the same, and important enough to be recorded numerous times.  On the disciples part, they’ve been traveling with Jesus and witnessing countless miracles, but when Jesus challenged them to feed the throng of people milling around, they froze.  With a total lack of faith and vision they told Him, “We have only five loaves and two fish. We can’t start to feed this many people!”  But Jesus then takes matters into His own hands, gives thanks for what they already have, and multiplies it.  So what important lesson did the disciples learn that was significant enough to be recorded in all four Gospels?  Jesus took what they already had and increased it a 1000 times over.  He didn’t focus on their lack,  but rather on how it could be multiplied and used for His glory.  When God calls you to something, He’ll use what you already have…and as you move forward in faith and trust in Him, it will be multiplied.

John 13:18 ” I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scriptures: ‘He who shares My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.’ “

Jesus is predicting His betrayal by Judas in quoting  Psalm 41:9.  In the span of three short years, Jesus fulfilled each prophecy that had been written about the coming Messiah.  From His selection of the apostles…to knowing full well the impending treachery of Judas…Jesus carried out His plan and purpose wholly .

John 13:14 ” Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”

Jesus always lead by example.  After He had washed the disciples feet, He instructed them to model what they had just witnessed.  For Jesus had demonstrated to them in simple terms what it was like to be a servant. I can imagine after three years of traveling with Jesus and witnessing countless miracles,  the disciples were feeling pretty full of themselves…so having Jesus wash their feet was probably not only confusing, but embarrassing to all of them.  But by modeling true servant hood in its unassuming and unpretentious way, Jesus illustrated humility to all mankind.

John 15:12 ” My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

Jesus loves us with an unconditional love…it has no bounds…no restrictions.  But can we love each other in the same way?  Maybe it can be in what we don’t do  that can show the love of Christ more effectively to those around us.  Instead of yelling in anger and frustration at the kids…we don’t.  Instead of becoming upset and disappointed with a co-worker…we don’t.  Instead of allowing discouragement and despair to break apart our marriage…we don’t.  For sometimes the greatest way to demonstrate God’s love to others… is in what we don’t do.

John 2:11 ” This, the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed His glory, and His Disciples put their faith in Him.”

It was done mostly in obscurity…off in the background at a wedding in progress.  Only a few people were even aware that the wine was gone.  They included a few servants and the disciples of Jesus that witnessed this miracle of changing something as basic as water into something  extraordinary as fine wine. Now the wedding party did benefit and were wonderfully blessed by His first miracle…but it was the people who actually saw it with their own eyes that were powerful and eternally changed by it.