JESUS

A series of messages will begin this Sunday delving into the heart and words of John, the brother of James.  We will be reading in worship and at home the Gospel of John through Easter, and then after Easter begin the three letters of John.  After that, we will enter into the book of Revelation (starting in the Summer).  How long this series will take I am not sure, but we will get a glimpse of Jesus through the eyes of the disciple whom “Jesus loved” (cf John 20:2).  I am so excited to embark on this journey with you.

John’s purpose for writing the gospel of John  is spelled out in chapter 20:31:  “… these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31, NIV).  This challenges our thinking with the questions: Why should I believe in Jesus?  What does ‘believing in Jesus’ even mean?  What is the ‘life’ that I can have ‘in His name?’ 

I invite you to journey with us in worship and on this blog.  In John chapter 1 we read that Jesus had the unique quality of having the “fullness of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)  After reading all of John 1, what do you suppose that means? 

Click to read John 1:1-51

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  1. The good news according to John is a retelling of the life of Jesus. While this book is part of Bible, God used John and all his personality to tell the story. I love eyewitness accounts and it’s because of these that I place my faith in Jesus.
    John is a fisherman, the son of Zebedee and the brother of James. He and his brother were part of an inner circle of disciples, along with Peter. They got to see Jesus in many circumstances that the other 9 disciples did not. If there is anyone who knew Jesus well it would be John.
    According to John, we discover that Jesus was very unique individual. Not only did He have a human nature (without the weak and sinful characteristics) but they could see His glory (Divine nature was evident, the very essence of His Father-God). He is God’s one and only son. There will be no other! Jesus was full of grace and truth. If you stood face to face with him, there would be no hiding your sinfulness/shame not would there be no hiding His purity and holiness. Paul Pierce is nicknamed “The Truth” but Jesus truly is The Truth! But Jesus is also full of grace, a quality that compels us to move closer, confess and honor Him. (John 1:14)
    John also relays another John’s testimony… the eyewitness accounts of John the Baptizer. He disclosed Jesus as eternal, giver of blessing, fulfiller of grace and truth, revealer of God, the Lamb of God who takes away sin and the giver of the Holy Spirit. (John 1:19-34)
    The final verses (1:35-51) are invitations to come and see. Jesus forced himself an nobody, but invites us to come and see. Andrew saw and invited Simon-Peter his brother. Jesus found Philip, inviting him to follow, who turned and invited Nathaniel. Nathaniel couldn’t believe that Jesus was the Christ, until he saw and experience Jesus. Jesus would reveal that he (and I believe all believers) will see a day when a new heaven and new earth are joined.
    Come and see Jesus through the eyes of John.

    Read John 1 again as well as John 2 this week. We will be looking into John 3 next week (3/13/2011).

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