Today's Good News

November 2010

11/01          John 13:1-2
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He now showed the disciples the full extent of his love.  It was time for supper, and the Devil had already enticed Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to carry out his plan to betray Jesus.

Judas betrayed Jesus as a matter of the course of his life.  He loved money more than he loved the Lord.  He loved his way better than God’s way.  What way are you traveling?  Are you surrendered to the Lord and going His way or are you caught up with self and doing your own thing?  We cannot follow the world and serve Jesus.


11/02          John 13:3-5
Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God.  So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he had around him.

Faith is what we believe to be true and act upon it.  If we love God and know He is in charge we will live like Jesus lived.  We will serve Him faithfully.  If we do not have faith that the Lord is in control we will follow our own way, living like the world and miss what God has for us.  Serving God is easy if we are focused on Jesus.


11/03          John 13:6-8
When he came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, why are you going to wash my feet?”  Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now why I am doing it; someday you will.”  “No,” Peter protested, “you will never wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “But if I don’t wash you, you won’t belong to me.”

Jesus models the gift of servant hood.  Serving frees us to be of value and to grow in value.  Service is the opposite of the world.  The world only seeks to be served.  When we follow Jesus we see the value in everyone and seize the opportunity to be of service to them.  People need help and Christ followers are helpers.


11/04          John 13:9-10
Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”  Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you are clean, but that isn’t true of everyone here.”

Cleansing of our soul is the done by God.  If we are trying to “fix” our life by making ourselves good enough then we are on the wrong track.  Only the Lord Jesus can forgive our sin.  Only the Lord Jesus can “fix” what is wrong in us.  Go to Jesus and tell Him your troubles and let Him cleanse you from all unrighteousness.


11/05          John 13:11-12
For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”  After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing?

There are evil people in the world.  You know some evil people and may even have befriended them.  Who are they?  Anyone who has not asked Jesus to come into their life is outside of the family of God and is dead in their trespasses and sin.  They may seem to be good but in fact they are not.  Be careful who you follow.  Pay attention to the ideas that you let have control of your mind.


11/06          John 13:13-15
You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because it is true.  And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet.  I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.

We study God’s Word so that we can know what Jesus did.  We are to live as He lived, totally submitted to the Father.  I know that I will make mistakes and fail.  I go to Jesus for direction, guidance and forgiveness.  I begin again to follow Him.  Our growth involves a lot of correction.  Follow the Lord and you will grow.


11/07          John 13:16-17
How true it is that a servant is not greater than the master. Nor are messengers more important than the one who sends them.  You know these things — now do them! That is the path of blessing.

What is your agenda?  Are you striving to be important or are you seeking to elevate Jesus?  The world wants to be important.  We want to tell everyone about Jesus.  Submit your agenda to Jesus and follow Him.


11/08          John 13:18-19
“I am not saying these things to all of you; I know so well each one of you I chose. The Scriptures declare, ‘The one who shares my food has turned against me,’ and this will soon come true.  I tell you this now, so that when it happens you will believe I am the Messiah.

Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah of God and He is the One referenced in Scripture.  Call upon Him and you will be saved.  Follow Him and you will grow and be used and useful in the kingdom.  Get to know Jesus and it will equip you to lead an abundant life.


11/09          John 13:20
Truly, anyone who welcomes my messenger is welcoming me, and anyone who welcomes me is welcoming the Father who sent me.”

Jesus is Lord.  He is Lord of life and Lord of all.  He is the creator and the bright and morning star.  He is the alpha and the omega.  He is door and what we find on the other side of the door.  Jesus is Lord and He is able to give us hope and joy and lasting peace.  Follow the Lord.


11/10          John 13:21-26
Now Jesus was in great anguish of spirit, and he exclaimed, “The truth is, one of you will betray me!”  The disciples looked at each other, wondering whom he could mean.  One of Jesus’ disciples, the one Jesus loved, was sitting next to Jesus at the table.  Simon Peter motioned to him to ask who would do this terrible thing.  Leaning toward Jesus, he asked, “Lord, who is it?”  Jesus said, “It is the one to whom I give the bread dipped in the sauce.” And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot.

We need wisdom from the Lord to make good decisions.  Daily we need His wisdom.  We need it to maintain good personal relationships.  We need it to fight sin.  We need it to stay on the right path in life.  We need His wisdom to fight disappointment and failure.  Every day in every way we need wisdom from the Lord.


11/11          John 13:27-30
As soon as Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry. Do it now.”  None of the others at the table knew what Jesus meant.  Since Judas was their treasurer, some thought Jesus was telling him to go and pay for the food or to give some money to the poor.  So Judas left at once, going out into the night.

Without Jesus we would be under attack by demons and minions of Satan all the time.  The Lord is with us and He will shield us.  When you feel like something heavy is weighing upon your mind ask the Lord for peace.  Stay close to Jesus and He will shelter you from attack.


11/12          John 13:31-32
As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for me, the Son of Man, to enter into my glory, and God will receive glory because of all that happens to me.  And God will bring me into my glory very soon.

Jesus consistently puts Himself under the Father’s control.  His will is to do the will of the Father.  Surrender control of your life to Jesus.  Let Him guide you.  Ask Him to give you wisdom to know the next right thing to do.


11/13          John 13:33-35
Dear children, how brief are these moments before I must go away and leave you! Then, though you search for me, you cannot come to me — just as I told the Jewish leaders.  So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

People are people.  They can be difficult to love.  The Lord calls us to love one another not because we are lovely but because we love Jesus.  When Christ is in control of us He will give us the wisdom we need to see others the way He sees them.  Look around.  Those are the people you are called to love.


11/14          John 13:36-38
Simon Peter said, “Lord, where are you going?” And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.”  “But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I am ready to die for you.”   Jesus answered, “Die for me? No, before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.

We are critical of Peter but do we do any better?  Remember that secret sin that only you know about?  You give it to the Lord and vow never again and before you hardly get the words out of your mouth it pops its ugly head up.  We make excuses and act as though we are exempt from God’s rules.  We are not and we must learn to fight against sin especially sin in our life.  Confess your sin and walk away from it to Jesus.


11/15          John 14:1-2
“Don’t be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me.  There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly.

Jesus is here with us right now.  He will be with us tomorrow.  He will never leave us.  When we die we will immediately be with Him in eternity.  Jesus is Lord and He is forever.


11/16          John 14:3-4
When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.  And you know where I am going and how to get there.”

Jesus is coming back soon.  How long is that?  With God it is the blink of an eye.  With man it seems long.  When measuring in eternal measure Jesus is coming back soon.  Be ready for we do not know the day or the hour.  Jesus is coming back.


11/17          John 14:5
“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We haven’t any idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Thomas was curious and courageous.  No one else was asking Jesus what He meant and they all wanted to know.  When you face a perplexing issue ask the Lord to solve the issue, fix the issue or give you the energy, wisdom and strength to deal with the issue.  Do not be afraid for the Father loves you.


11/18          John 14:6
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

There is one and only one way to the family of God and that is through the man Jesus Christ.  He is Lord of life and death and will be with us from the first moment we believed unto eternity.  One way that we come into the family of God: Lord forgive me of my sin and come into my heart.  Thank you Lord for saving me.


11/19          John 14:7
If you had known who I am, then you would have known who my Father is. From now on you know him and have seen him!”

We know God because we know Jesus.  Jesus is God and in Him all of the Godhead exists bodily.  We can know the Father because we have professed Jesus as Lord and believe that He has saved us.  Jesus is the only way to the Father.


11/20          John 14:8
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and we will be satisfied.”

They didn’t understand.  They were trying to understand but they didn’t believe in Jesus yet.  They would soon but now they are still thinking in worldly terms.  We have everything we need to eternal life and living life right now in Jesus Christ.


11/21          John 14:9-11
Jesus replied, “Philip, don’t you even yet know who I am, even after all the time I have been with you? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking to see him?  Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I say are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me.  Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of what you have seen me do.

Jesus calls Philip to believe.  Note that obedience is the key to the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  We must believe Jesus if we are to obey Him.  Our society today thinks that they have the inside track on knowledge.  They do not.  Jesus is Lord.  He is Lord no matter our belief.


11/22          John 14:12-14
“The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.  You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father. Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it!

Ask Jesus.  When trouble comes and you are faced with complex problems ask Jesus what you need to do.  Then when you know what should be done you will do it.  Obey the Lord, ask Him what you need to be His person right now.


11/23          John 14:15-17
“If you love me, obey my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you.  He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you do, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

The Lord wants us to obey Him.  The reason, because He knows what we will face today so He will equip us to face today’s challenge.  We know so little about wisdom and spirituality.  His call to us is simply to obey Him and He will lead us in the right path.


11/24          John 14:18-20
No, I will not abandon you as orphans — I will come to you.  In just a little while the world will not see me again, but you will. For I will live again, and you will, too.  When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

Jesus is here with us.  He resides in us and knows the intimate details of everything we do.  He will not abandon us when we mess up.  He will look out for us when we get everything right.  Jesus is here and He is seeking our best good.  Do you believe that?  You should.


11/25          John 14:21
Those who obey my commandments are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them, and I will love them. And I will reveal myself to each one of them.”

Obey, do what the Lord says and things will go right for you.  Walk in obedience with the Lord.  Live in obedience to the Lord.  When you obey you are doing exactly what the Lord said for you do.  People count with Jesus.  Let’s make sure that we are focused on the task and obeying the Lord.


11/26          John 14:22-25
Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”  Jesus replied, “All those who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and live with them.  Anyone who doesn’t love me will not do what I say. And remember, my words are not my own. This message is from the Father who sent me.  I am telling you these things now while I am still with you.

The children of God obey Him.  They do the things that the Lord points out as things that are basic to our faith:  Love the Lord with all of your heart, love one another, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and many more that we know to do.  If we don’t obey God then the Scripture says that we are not children of God.


11/27          John 14:26
But when the Father sends the Counselor as my representative — and by the Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit — he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you.

There is no excuse for us.  We are charged with a responsibility for sharing the Gospel.  We are to live and take it to the world.  If we don’t do it we have failed to obey the Father.  When we are filled with Jesus we simply tell about our relationship with Him.


11/28          John 14:27
“I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Do not fear.  Whatever you are facing is in the Lord’s hands.  He will protect you and is committed to you throughout eternity.  Nothing can take you out of His hands.  Do not fear for in Christ we can have confidence and peace of mind and heart.  Jesus loves you!


11/29          John 14:28-29
Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really love me, you will be very happy for me, because now I can go to the Father, who is greater than I am.  I have told you these things before they happen so that you will believe when they do happen.

Think about all the things we believe.  Believe in Jesus for He created all of those things and is in charge of all things.  He loves you and gave up His life for you.  Take time to get to know the Lord and He will walk with you through this life.


11/30          John 14:30-31
“I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the prince of this world approaches. He has no power over me, but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.

All things are under the power of the Lord.  There is nothing to great for Him to deal with.  Take your troubles and you joys to the Lord.  He will console and comfort you.  Jesus will never leave you alone nor ignore you.  He knows all about you and still He loves you.  Take heart for the Lord is near.

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Clay Corvin

Clay Corvin is currently a Bible Teacher and occasional preacher at Bethel Community Baptist Church in New Orleans. He is the retired VP Business and Professor of Admin at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary after completing 38 years as their Business Administrator. He was the pastor at the Brantley Baptist Center for twenty-five years. He is married to Carol Corvin and the father of three children and has three grandchildren. He ministers today as Co-pastor of the Bethel Community Baptist Church and seeks to share the Gospel with everyone. Jesus is Lord!