George Muller George Muller (1806 - 1898)
The Bible
“But in what way shall we attain to this settled happiness of soul? How shall we learn to enjoy God? How obtain such an all-sufficient soul-satisfying portion in him as shall enable us to let go the things of this world as vain and worthless in comparison? I answer, This happiness is to be obtained through the study of the Holy Scriptures. God has therein revealed Himself unto us in the face of Jesus Christ.”
 
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Jesus' brothers ridicule him

John 7:1-9

After this, Jesus went to Galilee, going from village to village, for he wanted to stay out of Judea where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death. But soon it was time for the Tabernacle Ceremonies, one of the annual Jewish holidays, and Jesus' brothers urged him to go to Judea for the celebration. "Go where more people can see your miracles!" they scoffed. "You can't be famous when you hide like this! If you're so great, prove it to the world!" For even his brothers didn't believe in him.

Jesus replied, "It is not the right time for me to go now. But you can go anytime and it will make no difference, for the world can't hate you; but it does hate me, because I accuse it of sin and evil. You go on, and I'll come later when it is the right time." So he remained in Galilee.

The Tabernacle Ceremonies, also called the Feast of Tabernacles, are described in Leviticus 23:33ff. This event occurred in October, about six months after the Passover celebration. The feast commemorated the days when the Israelites wandered in the wilderness and lived in tents (Leviticus 23:43).

The Evidence

Jesus' brothers had a difficult time believing in him. Some of these brothers would eventually become leaders in the church (James, for example), but for several years they were embarrassed by Jesus. After Jesus died and rose again, they finally believed. Today we have every reason to believe because we have the full record of Jesus' miracles, death, and resurrection. We also have the evidence of what the gospel has done in people's lives through the centuries. We have no excuses.
 
One Year with Jesus has been prepared especially for those who want to learn more about Jesus and grow closer to him through the year. Each day contains a selection from the four Gospels, a Life Application note, and an information note.

The readings for each day are arranged according to the Harmony of the Gospels found in the back of this book. A harmony is a useful tool for studying the life of Christ. It simply arranges the events in the four Gospels in chronological order and makes it easier for you to compare parallel accounts. Each day's reading includes a number that guides you to the correct location in the harmony. Referring to the harmony helps you see what happened before and after any particular event. You can deepen your study by looking up any parallel passages noted for a particular reading. The Life Application notes provide insight and encouragement to take action. The information notes provide interesting background and helpful explanations.

Although these daily readings begin January 1, you can easily begin with today's date. Alternatively, you can use a bookmark to begin on the first reading no matter what date you begin. Either way, you will finish in one year and meet your goal of learning more about Jesus and growing closer to him.

One Year with Jesus: 365 Daily Devotions based on the chronological life of Christ.