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Providence

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Providence Part One
The Concept of providence presumes that God is still at work in the world He created. The word “provide” is at the root of the word “providence.” God does provide good things for His people, and His loving care is always behind His every action.
I Peter 5:7 “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”
Matthew 10:29-31 “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? and not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore: you are of more value than may sparrows”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
I Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
Hebrews 13:5-6 “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

The Miracles of God
The Apostle John’s favorite word for miracle is his gospel was “sign.” Biblical miracles were events that could not have occurred naturally: a withered arm immediately restored, a man born blind given immediate sight, a dead person raised. John’s word “sign” reminds us that miracles had significance. They signified something. Specifically, they demonstrated conclusively that the person working the miracle had the approval of God in what he said or taught.

Providence: Beyond Miracles
Now here is where it gets tricky. Providence cannot be as certainly known to be God’s work as is restoring a withered arm. Providence, therefore, cannot be a sign of God’s approval as in raising someone from the dead. Miracles are a “sign” of God’s endorsement. God’s providential working is not obvious enough to serve as such a sign.
God is Always Good

God’s providential care does not always work in ways we think best. Sometimes circumstances we might never think of as providential may actually serve a providential purpose.

God is always good, but we may not always understand His ways. Consider the death of a child; Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego; or consider Job. God is good.
Read Hebrews 11:32-35 (1284)
God is good. But what about verses 36-38?
Keep reading…verses 39-40
Even in death, torture and seeming defeat, God was providing and blessing. Some providential actions of God are not apparent until the after-life.

We can confidently say today: “Our God whom we serve is able. But if not, by the providence of God, we will be victors either way.”

Providence is “Perhaps”
“Glad to see you. Will you be at church Sunday?” “Yes, if I’m not providentially hindered.”
Personal choices and Satan hinder us. But could it be providence also? James 4:13-16 (pew Bible page 1291)
Can I not also be hindered by God through His providence?
God is in Control
Proverbs 16:9 “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps”
Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”
Proverbs 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”
We have to realize that we are not in control. And what James says in 4:13-16 is not so much something that we have to say all of the time, but we do need to be reminded that God is in control; not us.

The Principle of “Perhaps”
When Paul learned that Onesimus had run away from Philemon, a brother in Christ whom Paul had converted during his stay in Ephesus, Paul wrote to Philemon that he was sending Onesimus back, no longer as a slave but “as a beloved brother”. Paul told Philemon, “For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever”. It seemed God’s hand was behind it all. Paul, at least, thought that likely. But the most he would say about it was “perhaps” (15)

To escape the command to kill all male Hebrew babies, Moses’ mother put him in a reed basket at the edge of the river. His sister Miriam, was charged to stay nearby. Moses was found by Pharaoh’s daughter, who accepted Miriam’s offer to find a woman of the Hebrews to nurse him. So Moses was nourished by his mother and evidently taught by her about the Lord. Providence? Undoubtedly? At least, perhaps.

Summary:
Ephesians 5:15, 16 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
As you do that, God’s providential care will be with you, regardless of whether you recognize it in particular instances.
More soon; “Perhaps”

 

Have You Seen His Glory

As we finish our survey of John, let us look to the spiritual truths of John to see His Glory.

Have You Seen His Glory?  A Wrap Up of the book of John

John’s gospel is unique among the Gospels because it is different in its very nature.  John helps us see the spiritual realities that transcend the events being reported on.  When the eternal Logos of God became flesh, the “disciple whom Jesus loved” proclaimed, “We have seen his glory (1:14) While no person has ever seen God, the author says, ‘The only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” (18)

Jesus told Philip “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (14:9).  What does this mean?

As we have looked at the Gospel of John, certain statements point to spiritual realities about Jesus.  The Logos made flesh is “the true light, which gives light to everyone” (1:9). So there is light as we know it, and there is “true light” that only Jesus brings.  There is water that comes from Jacob’s well and the “living water” of the Holy Spirit that only Jesus can give.  Unlike food that perishes,” Jesus is the “bread of life” and the “true bread from heaven” (chapter 6).

To His apostles, He explained He is the “true vine” and they are the branches (15). In each of these cases, the mundane reality of light, or bread or water or vine is only a reflection of the ultimate spiritual reality that is the glory of the incarnate Word.

Many analogies in this gospel help us see the glory of Jesus.  In 1:51, Jesus told Nathanael that he would see the “angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of man.” The language is the same of Genesis 28:12, where the angels of God are ascending to heaven and descending from heaven on Jacob’s ladder.  When we see His glory, we realize Jesus is the ladder that enables God and man to connect with one another.

In John 2, Jesus saved the day at the wedding by changing the water into wine and providing what was needed to carry on the wedding feast.  The master of the feast told the host that most people serve the better wine first and save the inferior wine until later in the feast, but he “kept the good wine until now” (2:10).  Is there a spiritual message in those words?  Is John trying to tell us that the law (the inferior wine) may have come through Moses, but grace and truth have finally come through Jesus the Christ? (1:17)

When Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about being born anew, He spoke of something spiritual.  Nicodemus wondered how it could be possible to enter again into the womb and be born.  Jesus countered with “That which is born of flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (3:6)  Those who receive Jesus are “children of God” (1:12) or “born again” (3:3) or “born of water and the Spirit” (3:5).  Jesus is the bringer of a new birth, which transcends physical birth and regenerates the soul of man.

Read with me in I John and read 2:29; 3:9; 4:7 and 5:1-2

When Jesus cleanses the temple, He said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews were confused and said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”  John explains that Jesus was really speaking of “the temple of his body” (2:19-21).  Only after the resurrection did His disciples remember this saying of Jesus. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up,” and the scripture ? Zeal for your house will consume me” (Psalm 69:9).  What is the “temple of his body” that Jesus raised through the redemptive work of His death and resurrection?  Does John refer here only to the resurrection of Jesus’ physical body or to the building of the new temple, His body, the church?  When we “see his glory,” do we see Jesus as the destroyer of the old temple and the builder of a new one?” Certainly something spiritual is being said.

The woman at the well came to draw water.  Jesus told her that if she knew His true identity she would ask Him and He would give her living water.  The woman, marveling that Jesus would even speak to her remarked that He had no bucket to draw with.  Jesus says, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but 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” (4:13-14)  Only Jesus can give us the heavenly water that quiches the thirsty soul.

Read John 7:37-39

John has been concerned with two things in the Gospel of John. He is building our belief in Christ as the Son of God but also through a stronger faith in Christ to have a more abundant life.

John points us that as we draw closer to Christ in faith then our lives begin to be greatly blessed. He is the source of real life.

This gives us a good picture of better understanding who Jesus Christ really was and what was He offering us.  He is saying that what He can do for you is something you should have.

In John 5, Jesus found a lame man beside the pool waiting with other hopeful sick people for the therapeutic value of the waters.  Jesus asked the man a simple question, “Do you wish to be healed?” (5:6).  The word translated healed means healthy as opposed to being sick. Throughout the passage this word is repeated in various phrases.

Who made you well?  How did you get well?  Jesus said to the man “See, you are well  Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you. (5:14). Does this mean that all who are without Jesus are fundamentally and spiritually sick?  Does it mean that only Jesus, the Great Physician, can truly heal one’s soul and make one well?

In John 6, Jesus fed the 5,000 men in the desert with five loaves and two fish. They pursued Him across the sea, seeking more bread.  Jesus says, “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give you.” (6:27)  The He explained, “I am the bread of life, whoever come to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (35) Jesus is the “true bread from heaven. (32) We must keep coming to Jesus and trusting in Him to get the food that sustains the soul!

Jesus encountered a man blind from birth, having lived his entire life in darkness. Right before Jesus opened the man’s eyes, He said, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.  (9:5) When the man received his sight, the opponents of Jesus wanted to know who opened his eyes and how they were opened.  The blind man told them that the man called Jesus made clay and put it on his eyes, and after he washed, he could see!  Later the man said, ‘Whether he is a sinner I do not know.  One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see” (9:25).

At the end of this account, Jesus explained, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” (9:39)  All who are without Jesus are blind.  They cannot see the world and life as they truly are. Only Jesus, the light of the world can open our eyes so that we can truly see things as they are.

John’s gospel speaks of life and death in terms of both shadow and spiritual reality. Jesus called dead Lazarus from the tomb.  Dead Lazarus heard the voice of the Son of God when He called, “Lazarus, come out!”, and Lazarus come to life.

Earlier in the book, Jesus said, “An hour is coming and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live” (5:25)  Jesus is the resurrection and the life.  Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, though he dies yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” (11:25, 26).  All who don’t have Jesus are dead.  Only those who hear His words and believe in Him come to life. These people have “passed from death to life.” Even physical death cannot take their spiritual life away from them (5:24).

When Jesus hung on the cross, we are told that the Scripture was fulfilled that said, Not one of his bones will be broken” (19:36). That passage, however, is part of the cooking instructions for the Passover lamb.  “It shall be eaten in one house; you shall not take any of the flesh outside the house, and you shall not break any of its bones” (Exodus 12:46).  The spiritual reality we see in the incarnate Word is that He is the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29.

If we simply look at the bare facts of the events in the life of Jesus, then we never see His glory.  Jesus is Jacob’s ladder, the bridge between heaven and earth.  He is the good wine God has saved until now.  Jesus is the destroyer of the old temple and the builder of the new.  Jesus is the bringer of new birth.

He is the living water that quenches the thirsty soul.  He is the only Physician who can truly make people well.  Jesus is the true bread that satisfies the hunger of the soul.

Jesus is the light of the world that opens the eyes of all who are blind and frees them from stumbling through life in the darkness.  Jesus calls the spiritually dead to life.  He is the true vine to which the branches must be connected in order to bear fruit.  He is the way to the Father’s house, the truth about everything, and the bringer of life.  He is the Lamb of God who takes away our sin and the King of kings who rules us forever!

When you begin to see His glory, you will forever be changed.

John 20:30-31 “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

Have you seen His Glory?

A Secret Faith is No Faith At All John 19:38-42

Having A Secret Faith

Those who claimed Jesus’ body were part of same Sanhedrin that condemned. The first was Joseph of Arimathea, whom John calls “a disciple of Jesus.” But he was secret disciple too “afraid of the Jews” to follow Jesus openly.

John 12:42-43 “Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue;”

A Secret Faith Is No Faith At All

His closest friends had abandoned him in the Garden of Gethsemane. One of his trusted friends had betrayed him to his enemies.

The voices that shouted “Hosanna!” became taunts of “Crucify Him!”  The friend who said, “I will never leave you” then denied him 3 times.

Jesus died virtually alone, and afterwards his body remained all alone.

What changed them?  The Cross!

Maybe it was the gentle and dignified way Jesus faced his fate.

Maybe it was the forgiveness offered to the mob calling for blood.

Maybe it was the haunting cry, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?

Maybe it was the quake that shook earth or torn veil that shook Judaism.

Maybe they had to agree with the pagan Centurion’s confession.

Summary:

Do you co-workers know about your faith?

Do the ones you go to school with know about your faith?

Do they know favorite sports team, music and movies but nothing about your Lord?

The cross demands that we make a choice—you can’t keep faith hidden.

If you avoid faith discussions, maybe yours is secret faith—no faith at all.

Have you decided, really decided to follow Jesus this morning?

 

What is Truth?

John 18:38 , Pilate asks Jesus about truth.  I believe that there is absolute truth.

Jesus says in John 8:32 “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

God is a God of love.  He is also a God of His word.  He is both good and severe.  Romans 11:22

There are things that our society says is moral and socially acceptable. But at the same time God says that these things are immoral.

Sometimes truth is hard to determine. Consider the story of Micaiah Read I Kings 22:2-17    Now if you were one of those two kings who would you have believed? How can we be sure of truth?

We have to develop a thorough understanding of the Word of God ourselves.  Truth must always agree with God’s Word or it’s not truth at all.

I John 4:1 “do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

We Need to Commit ourselves

To seeking the truth. 2 Timothy 4:3-4

To believing the truth.

To living the truth.

Read Ephesians 4:14-15

John 8:31-32  Jesus says: “If you abide in my word you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

The main reason people prefer to have a relative truth is so they can justify not following the commands of God.  *Key to today’s lesson.

Summary

There is truth—absolute truth—and there are things out there that aren’t true.  There are men and women who should be listened to and false prophets who need to be avoided.

Sometimes it is hard to know the difference.  Keep in mind that the Micaiahs of our world do not usually win popularity contests.  Their message may be painful to accept, but if it comes from God it is our responsibility to listen to and to put it into practice in our lives.

 

The God of the Towel John 13:1-17

Jesus is aware that the time of his earthly ministry is over (John 12:23 READ)

The time had come for his supreme work to be accomplished (John 12:27 READ)

Here John says that Jesus “showed them the full extent of His love” (13:1 READ)

The full extent of Jesus’ love is seen in the cross, but He begins with a towel. (13:2-5 Read)

Luke 22:24 “A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest”

To Wash shows honor, respect and esteem

Abraham offered water to wash the three strangers feet (Genesis 18:3)

Abigail went to David and offered to his wash feet (1 Samuel 25:41)

Mary had just washed Jesus feet with perfume and her hair (John 12:3)

 

So maybe they were sitting back waiting to be honored by someone else

Maybe it never occurred to them that they should honor someone else

Jesus was Self-Aware of His Mission John 13:3

Read Philippians 2:5-11 (Pew Bible 1248)

He “existed in the form of God” (NAS) or “Though he was God” (NLT)

His equality wasn’t “something to be used for his own benefit” (NCV)

Simon Peter’s Response (13:6-9) He knew that something wasn’t right with all of this. He knew that Jesus shouldn’t be the one washing their feet.

Point: We should be looking to service and not for status (John 13:12-17 READ)

We could practice foot washing as a religious ritual, but that’s optional

What isn’t optional is humbling ourselves to serve one another (Gal 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brothers.  Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” )

If Jesus humbled Himself to serve, then so should we (Matt 20:27-28 READ) Pew Page 1049

God will make sure we have the gifts we need to serve others (1 Pet 4:10 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace;”)

Summary: Serving Takes Love

But we can be so distracted by the trivial and miss opportunities.

We assume that someone else will take care of it.

We are afraid some may take advantage of us in some way.

Some must deal daily with very real hardships and difficulties.

There are many reasons NOT to serve and one good reason to serve—Jesus.

 

The Good Shepherd John 10:1-5

God as Shepherd in the Bible

Two of best loved psalms present God as shepherd (23:1 The Lord is My Shepherd I shall not want…, 100:3 we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture).

 Jeremiah promised that God will gather his people as shepherd (Jer. 31:10 ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock’)

 Jesus shows God’s care for the lost in terms of a Shepherd (Lk. 15:4  What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?)

 Peter shares God’s pastoral responsibility with elders (1 Pet 5:2, 4 shepherd the flock of God, that is among you, exercising oversight…and when the chief shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.)

The Good Shepherd Provides  vs. 9-10

 Jesus is the gate of his sheep fold—image is about more than an entrance.

1) Protection: Jesus gives us salvation and therefore he gives safety.

2) Provision: It is in Jesus that we come and go to have our needs met.

The Good Shepherd Sacrifices vs. 11-13

Shepherds who know their sheep will put themselves on the line.  Remember how David fought lions and bears to protect his sheep?  While David put himself on the line, Jesus put Himself on the Cross!

I John 3:16-18 Pew Bible Page 1303

 The cross of Christ was not one-time static event in history—it is our life.                                                      1) It calls us to accept God’s grace and follow the Good Shepherd daily.                                                            2) It calls us to a life of self-sacrifice and surrender as we live with others.                                                         3) It calls us to give up pride, conceit, and our demands to get our way.

The Good Shepherd Knows the Sheep and is Known by them  vs. 14

The first century shepherds knew their sheep by name.  What kept the sheep in line was the sound of the shepherd’s voice.

The Good Shepherd knows all of his sheep, even when we don’t. (John 10:16)  Christianity is Exclusive—only those who know the Shepherd.  But it is also Inclusive—ALL those who know the Shepherd.

Do You Know the Shepherd’s Voice?

Psalm 23   The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

 

To Whom Shall We Go? John 6:60-69

Background of Text

In 6:1-15, Jesus feeds 5,000 people.  This is a highly significant event, one of the few that all four gospels share.  It is such a big deal that in verse 15 the crowd tries to make Him their king.

Jesus begins with a spiritual object lesson from the feeding of the 5,000.  Notice v. 35; vs. 45-46; v. 50; vs. 54-56; v. 60; vs. 61-63.  Can you explain what is happening in these verses? 

Jesus refuses to follow their tradition or their expectation. So the crowd leaves Him and would follow no more.

The Text  John 6:60-69

Peter speaks up for Jesus: vs. 68-69. I think that Jesus is talking about commitment, not the communion. 

He is saying to these people who have never heard of the communion yet, “to be a disciple, we must be completely committed to Him.”

We Need to See Jesus as our Spiritual Food and our Spiritual Drink

Application:

Some see Jesus as a fountain of financial blessings to the faithful.  And yet we read Mark 10:21; Matthew 6:24

Some see Jesus who never asks anything of His followers:  And yet we read John 21:15-19 and see that we must love Him more.

So What Are We Going  To Do With Jesus?

Are we going to leave Him too?  Peter says “Where will we go; you have the words of life!” 

We conform to Him.  We absorb Him. We become Him.  That’s my choice.  I choose to follow Jesus!

 

What Does It Mean to be Born Again? John 3:3-8

What Does It Mean To Be Born Again?

It is a decision made by a person to accept Christ.

I John 5:1 “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.”

The new birth is a willingness to act on that decision.

1 John 2:29 “If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.”

1John 3:9 “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.”

1John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”

It is accepting that the power of that change is God’s.

John 1:12-13 “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

We would be presumptuous to say that we fully understand who God accomplishes our salvation, but we do know that it is part of His action toward us.

John 3:8 “The wind blows were it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Decision-Change-Accepting

The new birth is a process that begins with faith and then transforms us. It is accepting the power of God as seen in the sacrifice of Christ. This power is open to all, and that invitation is open today.

Have you been born again? Have you come to Jesus believing, confessing, repenting and submitting to baptism? If not, you have not become new, you have not been born again, something that Jesus tells us is essential if we are to live with God.

 

Changing Water to Wine John 2:1-11

The Wedding

Read John 2:1-2

Middle Eastern weddings are very much different from weddings in our part of the world.

Procession from the groom’s house to the bride’s home.  The wedding would be at her house, and then everyone would go back to the groom’s house for feasting.  It was a joyous occasion! Jesus was at this wedding.

The Problem

Read John 2:3-5

This new couple is about to experience public embarrassment.  This would be the wedding feast remembered for what they didn’t have.

So Mary comes to Jesus and says, “They have no wine.”  Jesus informs His mother that “My hour has not yet come.”  Mary simply turns to the servants and says, “Do whatever he tells you.” 

The Miracle

Read John 2:6-10

Jesus has the servants fill the water pots with water.Jesus tells the servants to draw some liquid out and to give it to the master of the feast.  The master of the feast declares this wine to be great.

Jesus did this miracle quietly because it was not yet time for Him to make a public display of His power and glory.  So this miracle was accomplished in a way not apparent to everyone.  It was done to fulfill a need.

Lessons to be Learned

This miracle was a sign. Only God can turn water into wine.  Jesus was indeed God.

This miracle was not in response to a “critical need.”  Our God is concerned with our regular problems.  Consider 1 Peter 5:7

Jesus transforms something ordinary into something wonderful.  Jesus didn’t just come to give us information; He came to give us transformation.  Consider I Corinthians 6:11

We too need to do whatever Jesus tells us to do.  Some are willing to have Jesus as a guest, but few are willing to turn control over to Him.

Summary: 

Jesus wants to fill your life today.  He wants to take the water of your life—and ordinary life, and transform it, change it into something beautiful and wonderful, full of salvation and spiritual blessings.

 

 

The First Word is the Last Word John 1:1-18

John 1:1-18  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Jesus is the First Word   John 1:1

John begins, “In the beginning was λόγος (logos).Sound familiar? (Gen 1:1-3)  John says God’s word has broken into our world once again in a powerful way.   This time, the Word speaks into being the creative miracle of salvation.  God’s Word broke through the darkness of sin to bring spiritual light.  Word came into a vast wasteland of wickedness to bring  the water of life.  Word created spiritual life where there was once only chaos and despair.

John says the first Word is the last Word; Word was with God and was God.

There is one ordering principle that makes sense out of the chaos.  God has spoken one word for all people of all time— the word is Jesus!  The word was with God, was God—Jesus is the word of God for all time

Jesus Is The Divine Word  John 1:1-3

In the beginning” speaks of His originHe existed before time began.

With God” speaks to His home of originfrom the beginning with God

Was God” speaks to His essenceHe shared the Father’s very nature.

Through him all things were made” speaks of creative power & majesty

The Word of Salvation is of a God who became vulnerable to death for us.

Jesus Is The Word of Life and Light John 1:4-5, 9

Jesus is the Source of Life.  Jesus is Light come into the World. John’s portrait of Christ makes Him the center and essence of existence. He is light keeping us from being blind and life that keeps us from dying.

Jesus Is the Word For All John 1:10-13

Our multicultural world has a hard time with Jesus as the last word. He won’t share the stage with Buddha, Krishna and Mohammed.  Jesus is non-exclusive (savior of all world) and exclusive (only savior)

John records words of Jesus, “No one comes to the Father except thru me” (14:6)

John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

Jesus Is The Word Made Flesh John 1:14, 18

This is what makes the story of Christ different from any story—God as flesh

God did become one of us; God does know what it means to hurt like us.

We don’t have to imagine—that is precisely what happened at the cross!

Jesus is Divine, Jesus is the Word of Life and Light, Jesus is the Word for All who obey Him, Jesus is the Word become flesh.

Summary:

Jesus is God in flesh; the divine λόγος is God’s first and last word

 Jesus is God’s first word and His last word. Is He your final answer?

 

And so if you understand and believe that Jesus is the λόγος,   “Why not Jesus; why not now?