Posts from October 2017

Posts from October 2017

John 3:25-30

John the Baptist Answers a Question Now a discussion about purification arose between John’s disciples and a Jew. They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” John answered, “No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I have…

John 3:22-24

Jesus baptizes along with John After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he spent some time there with them and baptized. John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim because water was abundant there; and people kept coming and were being baptized —John, of course, had not yet been thrown into prison. Pastor John’s Notes It strikes me how quietly Jesus began to work alongside John the Baptist. Jesus is the Messiah and could have…

John 3:17-21

Light or Darkness (John 3:17-21) Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than…

John 3:16

God Loves the World (John 3:16) For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (John 3:16) Here is perhaps the most famous verse of the Bible. It is the declaration of Jesus Christ as to God’s purpose for sending him into the world: that all who believe in him may have eternal life. The key to understanding this verse is the…

John 3:14-15

Jesus Foretells the Cross (John 3:14-15) And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. (John 3:14-15) Jesus began speaking of his crucifixion early in his ministry. He understood with perfect clarity that this would be the Father’s will for him. Imagine living your life knowing the time and manner of your death! It would profoundly change the way you…

John 3:9-13

Our Slowness to Believe (John 3:9-13) Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly…

John 3:4-8

Being Born of the Spirit (John 3:4-8) Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to…

John 3:1-3

This week, we will read one of the most important conversations of human history: between Jesus and Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. In this talk, Jesus reveals the purpose and work of the Holy Spirit. Being Born Again (John 3:1-3) Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can…

John 2:23-25

The Confidence and Knowledge of Christ (John 2:23-25) When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone. Reflection: Jesus had complete confidence in himself and did not need to seek affirmation from others. His…

John 2:18-22

Jewish Leaders Question Jesus’ Authority (John 2:18-22) The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that…