I hope you’re excited! For the next 24 days, we’re going to read through the Gospel of John. That may not sound exciting, but trust me, it is.
John was a close friend of Jesus and he tells us about the plan God has for all of us that began with the creation of everything.
John shares some amazing stories and powerful teaching from Jesus. So if this is your first time reading it or if you’ve read it several times, you’ll definitely learn something new or think about things in a new way.
For this study, you’ll need a Bible or Bible app to read along. We’ll read a chapter each day and take a break on Sundays. Reading whole chapters at one time really helps us understand what Jesus is saying and why His message is so meaningful.
As you read, you’ll notice that most of the text in your Bible is red. This means that John is quoting Jesus. So as you read, imagine that you are actually right there with John, listening to Jesus teaching.
Several people from Next Students have provided writing for this daily study. Thank you Savanna Simmank, Caleb Arnold, Katie Jo Kass, Sarah Powell, Brayden Hedrick, Jess DosSantos, Leigh Norman, and Zak Acker for helping me put this together. You are awesome people and great friends.
Love God, Love Others.
- David Hedrick
The book of John is incredible if you want to know the life of Jesus. I mean this dude refers to himself as Jesus’ favorite person, so whether that’s true or not I think it’s safe to say they were pretty tight. John offered me an in depth look at the life of Jesus because not all of the disciples spent as much time with Jesus as John did.
In John, I see the stories and miracles that Jesus performed getting more and more powerful leading up to His death and resurrection, which is the most powerful miracle in the history of any miracle ever performed.
John showed me that I need to live my life radically for Jesus because He gave his life so freely for me. If I am living my whole life with my focus on Jesus and his mission outlined in this book, then I believe when I get to heaven Jesus will say well done good and faithful servant. Not because of the things I do, but because of how much of my life I gave to God.
I hope that after reading this devotional and the Book of John, you feel convicted of the life you live right now and devote even more of your life to God’s call on your life. I hope that you feel encouraged that there is room for growth and that you have an entire youth group and pastors that love you and want the best for you.
Lastly, I hope you feel loved by God for sending His son down to die on the cross and offer you the chance of entering into eternity with Him forever.
- Zak Acker