Saturday, January 09, 2021
Reading (1 John 5:14-21)
 This is the confidence we have in his presence: if we ask anything that accords with his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask — then we know that we have what we have asked from him.
 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin that does not lead to death, he will ask; and God will give him life for those whose sinning does not lead to death. There is sin that does lead to death; I am not saying he should pray about that.
 All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.  We know that everyone who has God as his Father does not go on sinning; on the contrary, the Son born of God protects him, and the Evil One does not touch him.
We know that we are from God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the Evil One.
 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment, so that we may know who is genuine; moreover, we are united with the One who is genuine, united with his Son Yeshua the Messiah.
He is the genuine God and eternal life.  Children, guard yourselves against false gods!
Gospel (John 3: 22-30)
 After this, Yeshua and his talmidim went out into the countryside of Y’hudah, where he stayed awhile with them and immersed people.  Yochanan too was immersing at Einayim, near Shalem, because there was plenty of water there; and people kept coming to be immersed.
 (This was before Yochanan’s imprisonment.)  A discussion arose between some of Yochanan’s talmidim and a Judean about ceremonial washing;  and they came to Yochanan and said to him, “Rabbi, you know the man who was with you on the other side of the Yarden, the one you spoke about? Well, here he is, immersing; and everyone is going to him!”
 Yochanan answered, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from Heaven.  You yourselves can confirm that I did not say I was the Messiah, but that I have been sent ahead of him.
 The bridegroom is the one who has the bride; but the bridegroom’s friend, who stands and listens to him, is overjoyed at the sound of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine is now complete.  He must become more important, while I become less important.