Jesus does not merely reflect light, or produce light. Jesus IS light. In this morning’s message, we will explore what it means for Jesus to be light in our world and in our lives. May God use us to reflect Jesus’ light into the dark world around us!
In a text not originally included in the Gospel of John, we get a glimpse of our glorious and gracious Savior. In the midst of a trap the scribes and Pharisees intended for evil, Jesus provides a beautiful display of God's love for wayward, sinful people. Jesus, throughout his earthly ministry was a friend of sinners. Indeed He came to seek and to save the lost. Perhaps this is nowhere made more clear, than in this interaction with an adulteress woman.
In the midst of a great debate about his true identity, Jesus reveals himself as the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles. He is what the Feast commemorated and pointed to. He is the provider of the living water that gives and sustains life, true life, eternal life. Jesus invites everyone who is thirsty, that is, whose souls are searching for satisfaction, searching for joy, searching for relief and searching for hope to come to him and find what they are looking for. Let all who are thirsty come to him.
John wants us to see the conflict that will result in Jesus’ arrest, mistrial and murder. However, we can become too familiar with these stories. We want to recapture some of the shock these events should have. In all of this, we will continue to see John’s emphasis on how different parties respond to Jesus, such that we may respond with belief.
Each year on Mother’s Day we take advantage of this opportunity to honor mothers. Motherhood is a magnificent calling and an awesome work! Mothers have a ministry that is a means God uses to bless the world. And it is work to be sure. Being a mother, is a full-time gig, mothers are constantly working. It is a round the clock job. The work of motherhood has no boundaries. And because of this, this calling of motherhood is not to be undertaken merely in your own strength. Rather, God supplies the Holy Spirit as a means by which mothers may be strengthened, enabled and guided to be godly mothers whose lives bear good spiritual fruit.
The crowds that ate the loaves and fish Jesus multiplied and fed to them have been searching for Jesus. And they find him in a synagogue in Capernaum. And while there, Jesus gives them an unforgettable teaching that leaves nearly everyone either confused or upset, such that nearly all of them decide to no longer follow Jesus. This week we will study what Jesus said and taught that led so many to turn away from him. We will learn that Jesus' message is indispensable if we would be saved.
After feeding the 5,000, Jesus reveals himself as the Bread of Life. He is the bread that satisfies our souls and gives eternal life. The manna the crowds seek will satisfy only for a day. Jesus offers them a better bread.
The Scriptures Must Be Fulfilled Contrary to all the disciple's expectations, after his brutal crucifixion and burial, Jesus walked out of the tomb victorious on Sunday morning. And when He appeared to his disciples, Jesus did not leave them guessing as to why He had to be betrayed, die and be resurrected. Rather, He instructed them, that all these things had to take place to fulfill the Scriptures. In what was no doubt a fascinating conversation, Jesus demonstrated that all of the Old Testament pointed to him and his triumph over sin and death.
This week we study John's description of Jesus' 4th sign, the feeding of the five thousand. None of the physical miracles Jesus performed was an end in itself. They all point to something more about him and about the Kingdom of God. And this sign is no different. The feeding of five thousand shows that Jesus is the supplier of our need. Christ has always been the perfect provider of his people’s needs. Indeed, He is the true shepherd that satisfies his sheep.