The Bread of Life

A very simple post for you to think about for Sunday:  Focusing on John 6 (which builds on chapter 5), what does Jesus’ death have to do with life today?  I’ll talk about it on Sunday and we’ll share here on Monday.

ps  Lent is a journey, not a destination; the cross is a memorial and the empty tomb is a reality.

Amazement

Already through our reading of the gospel (which means “good news”) of John we have seen Jesus through the eyes of John the Baptizer, Nicodemus (a member of the Jewish ruling council), and a Samaritan women. To John the Baptizer, Jesus is the Messiah (translated ‘Christ’ in greek… the annointed one), the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. Jesus told Nicodemus that He is the only one who who can speak of heavenly things for He has been there (John 3:12-13). He also spoke of everyones need to be re-born of the Spirit. The Samaritan woman sees that Jesus is a Prophet and Jesus reveals to her that He is more than that, but the Messiah. In the Spirit and in the Truth, one day those who believe will worship, and it will not be focused on holy places.

Jesus is truly amazes people by His presence, speach and healings. This week you are encouraged to read chapters 5 & 6. What amazing discoveries do you find about in Jesus? This Sunday, we will focus on John 5:16-30. May the Lord reveal to us the true nature of Jesus and dispell any myths.

Living Water

We enter John 4, but not before we hear John  the Baptizers (remember this is not John the writer-of-this-book) testimony of who Jesus is… it clarifies what the conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus was about:

“”The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”” (John 3:31-36, NIV)

 Where John 3’s conversation was with a religious leader, John 4 is with a outcaste.  How are you, like the woman at the well, like an outcaste?  What are you substituting in place of the “living water” Jesus offers?
I hope to see you on Sunday.  And if you are reading this from afar, I encourage you to find friendship in a local church near you.
 
 

 

Re-Birth

Before I introduce this coming Sunday’s (3/13) scripture passage, I’d like to make a couple of comments on the chapter in between last Sunday and this Sunday (John 2).  The first section, John 2:1-11 describes Jesus being called upon to do some thing about the shortage of wine at a wedding feast.  What amazed me is not only that Jesus has the power to transform water to wine, but the faith of these individuals who drew the water from the new filled jars and gave to the master of the banquet (vs 8-9).  Did they think they were giving him water?  Or did they have faith that Jesus did something miraculous?  May we have faith in the Lord’s directions that when we do something ordinary, God’s extraordinary work takes us by surprise.  The second section, John 2:12-25, Jesus does something that we’d be arrested for disturbing the peace.  John implies the Jesus has special authority to do what he did and it’s wrapped up in Him being God’s on and only Son.  May the Lord turn over any tables in us that are not fit for godly living.  He does have the authority to do that, don’t you think?

This coming Sunday we will look at a conversation between a member of a religious council and Jesus which took place at night (John 3:1-21).  Imagine, being so scared of public opinion that Nicodemus had to keep this meeting quiet.  Though here, he asks some very important questions about not understanding re-birth or new life in the Spirit.  Take a look at his questions and how does Jesus answer his misconceptions?  What truths does John want us to know?

Of all the messages in the coming weeks, this Sunday and next Sunday (John 4) could change your life.

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