March 21st 2021
The Lord says,
"The time is coming when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah.
It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand and led them out of Egypt.
Although I was like a husband to them,
they did not keep that covenant.
The new covenant that I will make with the people of Israel will be this:
I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
None of them will have to teach a neighbor to know the Lord,
because all will know me,
from the least to the greatest.
I will forgive their sins and I will no longer remember their wrongs.
I, the Lord, have spoken."
Some Greeks were among those who had gone to Jerusalem to worship during the festival. They went to Philip (he was from Bethsaida in Galilee) and said,
"Sir, we want to see Jesus."
Philip went and told Andrew, and the two of them went and told Jesus.
Jesus answered them,
"The hour has now come for the Son of Man to receive great glory.
I am telling you the truth:
a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain
unless it is dropped into the ground and dies.
If it does die, then it produces many grains.
Those who love their own life will lose it;
those who hate their own life in this world will keep it for life eternal.
Whoever wants to serve me must follow me,
so that my servant will be with me where I am.
And my Father will honor anyone who serves me.
Now my heart is troubled - and what shall I say?
Shall I say,
"Father, do not let this hour come upon me'?
But that is why I came - so that I might go through this hour of suffering.
Father, bring glory to your name!"
Then a voice spoke from heaven,
"I have brought glory to it, and I will do so again."
The crowd standing there heard the voice, and some of them said it was thunder, while others said, "An angel spoke to him!"
But Jesus said to them,
"It was not for my sake that this voice spoke, but for yours.
Now is the time for this world to be judged;
now the ruler of this world will be overthrown."