Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 356

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Welcome to Day 356 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: John 12; John 13; John 14 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer


S cripture

John 12:9, “Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well.”

John 13:17, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (In regards to washing one another’s feet… serving one another is the point.)

John 14:9,

“Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”

O bservation

Judas is the one who made a deal about Mary pouring the expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet… It says he didn’t care about the poor. Then he betrayed Jesus…

A pplication

Imagine going down in history as the one who betrayed Jesus… Then, to add insult to injury, it says he was the keeper of the money bag, and he would “help himself to what was in it…”

The betrayer… and a thief.


Peter could have been remembered forever as the one who denied Jesus 3x, but instead, he was restored back into relationship with Jesus.

Judas could have experienced the same…

But Judas didn’t understand. His outlook was clouded by his own selfishness. He was willing to betray the Son of Man for 30 pieces of silver…

Compare his willingness to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver (30 day’s wages) to Mary’s sacrifice valued at a year’s wages!


In his own remorse, after trying to give the money back to the Pharisees, he went out and hung himself.

Such a sad ending to a life with such potential. Keep in mind, Judas had spent THREE YEARS with Jesus and the other disciples…

Only to end his own life in shame…

Our mistakes, sins, can never separate us from God’s love. Just as Peter was restored, we may be restored when distant, hurting, or in denial.

We never have to hang our heads in shame… We can always come to the Father, through Jesus and receive forgiveness.

Remember the thief on the cross?

One asked Jesus to get him down off the cross. The other, in all humility, asked Jesus to remember him when he came into his kingdom.

One was like Judas.

The other was like Peter… He knew he deserved the punishment he was receiving, but was granted a spiritual pardon and found forgiveness.

We can not be certain as to what happened with the other thief… But based upon his half of the conversation, it may have not turned out well for him.

P rayer

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom…


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2 thoughts on “Day 356

  1. They wanted to kill Lazarus too… just because he was alive. I wonder how people would react today if someone was confirmed dead in a morgue and then walked out. Would we praise God or believe it was an act of Satan.

    I don’t believe Satan would or could raise someone from death. He is a murderer, liar, and thief who cannot create life. Yet still, many people don’t believe that God does those things anymore. How is it that the Jewish leaders could even think that some great acts of love could be from Satan? Doesn’t make sense.

    Believe is a powerful word, especially this time of year. Yet, we have trouble believing that God loves us enough to raise us from the dead or heal us. He created the whole universe, yet we don’t believe that he can free us from addictions.

    Lord, help us to believe in You.

  2. Nicole Marvin on said:

    John 12:25 (MSG)
    “In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.”

    Lord, help me to let go of my life, so that I can love recklessly. Thank you!

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