We started The Gospel of John last September, and I am a little sad to have finished it this week. John was an eyewitness to the life of Jesus, an apostle and one of His inner circle of friends. John considered himself to be Jesus’ best friend and John’s gospel feels the most upclose and personal to me.
In Chapter 20, we had the Resurrection of Jesus. This is the culmination of the greatest story of the Bible. Our lesson was upbeat and joyful as we saw Jesus as the Victor. He was not the victim of injustice and evil but the Victor over sin, injustice, evil and even death!
In chapter 21, Jesus restored Peter’s relationship with Him. After Pete had denied Christ three times, Jesus made a point of asking him three times if he loved Him. He wanted Peter to love Him supremely, minister to others (feed my sheep), and follow Him even if it meant dying.
Where are you in your relationship with Jesus? Are you willing to love Him more than anything else? Are you willing to help/serve/minister to others? Are you willing to follow Him? He is like no one else ever!
John 7:46 says, “No one ever spoke like this man.” The Word who became flesh spoke and made claims no one else ever has or ever can honestly make. Here are some of these claims:
1. He claims to be God. “I and the Father are one,” (John 10:30)
2. He claims to exist before he was born. “Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am'” (John 8:58). Not only does he claim to have existed before he was born, but that he existed as “I am.” He is Yahweh.
3. In this deity, he claims to have come as a Shepherd to his sheep to give abundant life and eternal life. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11) “I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).He claimed his death would be the key to the eternal life of his sheep.
4. He has promised us that He will not let anyone snatch us away from Him. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28).
5. He claims to be the only way to God. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
6. He claims to be the bread and water that impart eternal life.
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14; See also John 7:37-38).
7. He claims that we can do nothing without him. “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
8. He claims to be the one who raises people from the dead at the end of history. “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).
There are many more claims in John and in the other three Gospels—like claiming to forgive sin, and return to earth in glory, and fulfill the whole law. but truly, “No one ever spoke like this man,” John 7:46
Thanks for studying John with me. Next up, is the book of Acts.
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