John 14:1–15:7—Preparation. Christ prepares the disciples for the future. •Preparing for problems: the great comfort passage of the first six verses of John 14. •Preparing by proof: Christ emphasizes His identity. •Preparing for prayer: some great prayer promises. •Preparing by precept: “keep my commandments.” •Preparing by promise: a promise of coming of the Holy Spirit Who is called the Comforter. •Preparing by peace: Christ gives the best peace which will see one through every situation in life. •Preparing by practice: abide in the vine (“abide” or “abideth” is found seven times here). –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading
Bonus Devotional by Adrian Rogers
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8
A man named Solomon Peas died. His tombstone in London reads:
“Beneath these clouds and beneath these trees
Lies the body of Solomon Peas.
But this ain’t Peas – it’s just the pod.
Peas shelled out and went to God.”
I like that. That’s what your body is. It’s just a pod. What happens to a child of God who has trusted Christ as his personal Savior? When he closes his eyes in this life, he opens them in the next. Jesus did not say, “After two or three thousand years, you’ll be with Me in paradise.” Jesus said, “Today, truly, you’ll be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).
Are you confident that if you died today you’d be with Jesus in paradise? If not, then confess your sins and believe upon His name to save you. Now, go and tell someone!