“They are judged by this fact: The light has come into the world. But they did not want light. They wanted darkness, because they were doing evil things.”
John 3.19 ERV
God’s light causes different reactions among people. Those reactions to God’s revelation in Christ are the basis of judgment. The judgment against those who refuse the light is condemnation.
Am I drawn toward God’s light? Do I welcome its presence in every part of my life? Am I willing for the light to expose my wrongs?
#votd #John #light
“Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the deceased, replied, ‘Lord, by this time the body will have a bad smell, because he has been buried four days.'”
Ever the practical one, Martha thinks of what is, not what can be. She has no idea of Jesus’ intent. She deals with a dead body; he plans to revive.
Am I so caught up in the problem of the hour or the reality of the moment that I cannot see what God desires to do in me and through me?
#votd #John #potential
“Now this is the will of the one who sent me—that I should not lose one person of every one he has given me, but raise them all up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father—for everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
The Father’s will looks past the present, to the last day, to giving eternal life. He is interested in saving every single person. He does so through faith in the Son.
Believing in Christ means trust, faithfulness, and obedience. It means full commitment to the Lord. Does he have that from me?
#votd #John #will-of-God
“They do not belong to the world just as I do not belong to the world.”
In his prayer to the Father, Jesus mentions this truth as the basis for much of his petition. Our Lord came to this world, but was not a part of it. The world sought independence from God; Jesus sought to do his will.
As the Lord’s people, how does not belonging to the world, but to God, define our motives, thoughts and actions? What makes us different?
#votd #John #discipleship
“But now I am coming to you, and I am saying these things in the world, so they may experience my joy completed in themselves.”
Jesus prayed to his Father before his betrayal. He looked forward to returning to the Father. He also desired to fulfill his mission of revealing the Father’s will to mankind. He knew it was the source of true joy.
Do I desire, like Jesus, to go to the Father? Do I desire to hear Jesus’ words? Do I desire the full joy that lasts? Do I know how to receive it?
#votd #John #prayer #joy
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. For he will not speak on his own authority, but will speak whatever he hears, and will tell you what is to come.”
God’s revelation was not left to chance. Jesus sent the Spirit to reveal “all truth” to the apostles, who in turn preached and wrote it for all people to follow.
If God gave us all truth, we ought to obey and follow it all. Part of the truth is no truth at all. Partial obedience is disobedience. Let’s be guided by all God’s truth.
#votd #John #truth
“Some people said, ‘This is the man!’ while others said, ‘No, but he looks like him.’ The man himself kept insisting, “I am the one!'”
After Jesus healed the blind man, there was confusion about his identity. Even people who knew him were unsure if it was him or not.
Human powers of observation are limited. People often don’t pay attention to what goes on around them. Failure to notice surroundings leaves us open to mistakes.
#votd #John #observation
Here’s a bare bones sermon outline but there’s plenty of room for you to add the meat that’s missing. I may see if I can upload the sermon I did with it here in TFR, I don’t know. Any who, here you go:
Title: The “Beginning” of John’s Gospel
John 1:1-5: The Genesis of Genesis
John 1:6-9: The Genesis of John
John 1:10-13: The Genesis of Rejecting Jesus
Preach the word!
A question occurred to me recently that I had never considered before.
The Holy Spirit has always been active in the realm of men. First mentioned in Genesis 1:2, the Spirit has been involved, faithfully doing the will of God in whatever way He was needed (Genesis 1:26; Psalm 51:11, et al).
In addition, the Holy Spirit directed the Word of God to men so God’s will could be taught and obeyed (2 Peter 1:21). The Spirit has been active in various ways since before time began.
With that in mind, Jesus teaches the Apostles in John 14-16 that the Holy Spirit would come as a Comforter (John 14:16) and as a Teacher (John 14:26). Later, He hastens the arrival of the Church (Acts).
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7, cf. 14:16).
Considering the presence of the Holy Spirit throughout Scripture…
- How is it that the Spirit could not come until Jesus left?
- In what way had He not come, considering He had always been here working for God?
- Why had He left in the first place?
- In what way had He left?
Had the Spirit not been a Comforter and Teacher already in His role as a carrier of God’s will and word?
I find this an interesting thought question and I look forward to your answers.
On my left, I have my commentaries for the Gospel of John [for sermon preparation] and Revelation [Wednesday night Bible class]. On my right, my New Testament and a a pack of Sugar Free Werther’s. Ready for action!
I recently spent a week at the Hinesville, Georgia congregation teaching the deity of Jesus in the Gospel of John to young men in the Leadership Training camp. It is a challenging study that I enjoy. John and Ephesians are my two favorite books, so I’ve done more study in them.
I started today on a series of articles on Christ as God in the flesh from the Gospel of John. I include my theory of the purpose of the book and how it comes to bear on the theme established in the prologue.
I would be interested in your thoughts on my article and the overall subject of God in the flesh. How do we express something that is so vital, yet so incomprehensible? Thanks in advance for your insight. I want to be able to learn from you, as well.
On Sunday morning, I will be speaking on “God in the Flesh” from John 1:1-5,14. What a powerful and challenging topic! It is difficult to explain the unexplainable.
Without faith, how can we understand what it means to be God and man at the same time? Our text is so powerful that we can spend a lot of time on the subject. I plan a two-part series, trying to help my audience understand this difficult subject.
John’s gospel is not a biography but a treatise to prove the premise in John 1:1-5.14. John’s prologue is so overwhelming that no human being could ever live up to it. John spends the rest of the book laying out evidence to prove his case. Everything in this book is designed to illustrate his point. It comes to fruition when Thomas cries, “My Lord and My God!” in John 20:28.
What is the best way for you to explain what it means for Jesus to be God and man?
The next time you read/study the Gospel of John mark these key terms (and their derivatives): Word, Life, Light, Darkness, Sent, Witness, Testify, World, Believe, Born, Signs, Eternal Life. A careful examination of these terms is guaranteed to enhance your study of John’s Gospel.
Who is Jesus? John 1 gives a great answer to this question:
Jesus is eternal, having existed with God from the beginning (1:1),
Jesus is deity for He is declared to be God (1:1),
Jesus is the agent by which all things were created–nothing was made without Him (1:3),
Jesus is the means and source of moral life (1:4),
Jesus is the one that John the baptizer bore witness of and prepared the way for (1:7),
Jesus is the true Light for mankind (1:8),
Jesus became flesh and dwelt among men (1:14),
Jesus was characterized by a unique kind of glory–He is truly one-of-a-kind (1:14),
Jesus is the means and source of abundant grace (1:16),
Jesus is the means and source of ultimate truth (1:17),
Jesus is the only begotten Son of God (1:18),
Jesus showed the world who the Father is, even though no one has seen God at any time (1:18),
Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (1:29),
Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and would baptize others with the Holy Spirit (1:33),
Jesus is Messiah or Christ (1:41),
Jesus was written about by Moses and the prophets (1:45), and
Jesus is the King of Israel (1:49).
“Many people believed in his name because they saw the signs he was doing. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people” (John 2:23-24).
John basically tells his readers that many believed in Jesus, but he did not believe in them. Why? Does this statement prepare us for additional encounters with shallow believers? Such as, “the disciples who quit following Jesus” (6:60-71); “the Jews who had believed in him” (8:31-59); “those who believed, but because of fear, would not confess their belief” (12:42), etc.
What do you think?