John Lesson 29 Day 5
12. John 21:24-25
John writes so that those who do not believe will begin to believe and those who already believe will continue to believe.
“Jesus provided far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book. These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it.” (John 20:30-31 MSG)
- Jesus is the ONLY path to the Father.
- He is Truth personified.
- In Him—and ONLY in Him—is life.
- He is the Christ, the Messiah, the anointed, divine Son of God sent by God to provide access to the Himself—”the fulfillment of Jewish expectation and much more—the personal presence of God himself in our midst.” (IVP NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARIES)
- Jesus defeated Satan’s plan which brought death, resurrected
13. John, Jesus’ beloved servant
Last year we studied John’s eye-witness account of “the revelation of Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King: an account of visions and a heavenly journey…the realities that are already breaking into the world and soon will be fulfilled. Through His heavenly messenger, He revealed to His servant John signs and insight into these mysteries.” (Rev. 1:1 Voice) After studying The Revelation, I longed to know more about John and his relationship with Jesus.
John’s gospel is quite a bit different from the other three accounts of Jesus.
It is about 90% different in fact. There is only about 10% of John that refers back to any of the material in the synoptic gospels.
John is intimately written and reading it gives us the sense of sitting at the feet of the old saint as he recalls stories that he actually participated in, stories that had shaped his life and had grown sweet with age, told by a great man who had experienced great things. (Brian Hardin)
Now I understand why John’s gospel is recommended reading for new believers. He establishes that Jesus is the Son of God, sent by God, overcame death, and became the high priest for all who believe. I already believed, but there is so much more.
The Apostle Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers—
My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. (MSG)