Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your devotional time. Read the assigned passage, then proceed through the “Reflect and Pray” and “Obey” sections.
REFLECT AND PRAY
1) Verses 13-16 tell us that the temple is a dwelling place for God. What is the temple used for in this story? What is it supposed to be like?
2) “Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days’” (v. 19).
What does “this temple” mean to Jesus and to you? Now that Jesus is risen and has left his Holy Spirit with us, the believer’s body is also a temple. Knowing this, how do you feel about your body? How should you treat it?
Mary: They have no more wine.
Jesus: Woman, why do you involve me? My hour has not yet come.
Mary (to the servants): Do whatever he tells you to do.
In this dialogue, it seems like Jesus is refusing Mary’s request. His response is not very encouraging. We all have faced circumstances where the outcome seems uncertain. Mary’s response is something to which we all can aspire: obedience and trust in Jesus to handle the situation with his wisdom.
Are you facing a discouraging situation? Ask Jesus how he wants to handle the situation. Do whatever he tells you to do.
Guest Writer: Mimi Otani, crazy4jazz
“Leap of Faith” is a devotional series on the Gospel of John for the Lent season. All readings are available on the Vineyard One NYC app, along with additional resources for Bible reading, worship, and prayer (IPhone app here; Google Play app here).