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Author: David Izquierdo (Page 1 of 8)

Three Ways How Not to Trust in the Lord May 12, 2024

John 13:36-38 (ESV)

Demanding Answers and…

36: Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.”

Demanding Explanations

37: Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now?

Demanding a Lesson in Humility

38: I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.”

Upper Room Glory May 5, 2024

John 13:31-35 (ESV)

His Glory

31: When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

32: If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.

His Work

33: Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’

His Love

34: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

35: By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

“The ‘Why’ of Betrayal April 28, 2024

John 13:21-30 (ESV)


21: After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”

22: The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke.

23: One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side,

24: so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking.


25: So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?”

26: Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.

27: Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”


28: Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him.

29: Some thought, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor.

30: So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.”

“Of Submission, and a Sign” April 14, 2024

John 13:12-20 (ESV)

The Example of the Messiah

12: When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you?

13: You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.

14: If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

15: For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

16: Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.

The Testimony of the Betrayer

17: If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

18: I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’

19: I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he.

20: Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

The Last Public Self Portrait of Christ. April 1, 2024

John 12:44-50 (ESV

The Father

44: And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me.
45: And whoever sees me sees him who sent me.

The Light

46: I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

The Word

47: If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.

The Commandment

48: The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.
49: For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak.
50: And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”

The Great Divide March 24, 2024

John 12:37-43 (ESV)

The thing About Faith and Understanding

37: Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him,

38: so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

39: Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,

40: “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.”

41: Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him.

The thing About Love and Fear

42: Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue;

43: for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

The Fruit of the Passion March 17, 2024

John 12:27-36 (ESV)

The Glory of the Name

27: “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28: Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

The Exaltation of the Son

29: The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30: Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31: Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32: And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33: He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die.

The Presence of the Truth

34: So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35: Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36: While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

The Gospel, and the Demands of Discipleship March 10, 2024

John 12:20-26 (ESV)

A Sincere Search

20: Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.

21: So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

A Fruitful Death

22: Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.

23: And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

24: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

A Holy Contempt

25: Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

26: If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

“The Love, and Hatred, of the Light” February 25, 2024

John 12:1-11 (ESV)


1: Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.

2: So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table.

3: Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.


4: But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said,

5: “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”

6: He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.

7: Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial.

8: For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”


9: When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.

10: So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well,

11: because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The Gospel according to Caiaphas February 18, 2024

John 11:45-57 (ESV)

Faith, and the Nature of Fear

45: Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him,
46: but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
47: Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs.
48: If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”

54: Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples.
55: Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves.
56: They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?”
57: Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him.

Understanding, and the Nature of Prophecy

49: But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all.
50: Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.”
51: He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,
52: and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
53: So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.

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