As the disciples continued in ministry with Jesus, they were filled with so much pride and self-absorption, that an argument broke out among them about who of them was the greatest. Meanwhile, in an act of shocking condescension, Jesus washes his disciples' feet. Their Lord and Savior, takes on the role of a servant and does for them what the would not do for one another. Jesus' act of humble service powerfully points forward to the work He will do on the cross, which is mere hours away. And it becomes a pattern, an example for all his disciples to follow.
In John 12, the public ministry of Jesus comes to a close. He will spend the remaining time before his crucifixion preparing his disciples. But before that, in Jesus' concluding words to the crowds, He tells them that He is going to be lifted up (crucified) and his crucifixion is part of his exaltation. His crucifixion shall bring judgment to the world, defeat satan and be the means by which He draws all men to himself. John also aids our understanding of Jesus' words by explaining that Jesus is the Suffering Servant Isaiah saw and prophesied about.
John presents us with a powerful contrast between two people. John intentionally juxtaposes two people for us, both of which are close and dear to Jesus. One treasures Jesus and worships him and the other is lured away and enticed by the pleasures of this world and falls away, leading to his damnation. This text should stand as a sobering warning for us all to keep our hearts from becoming deceived and thus treasuring anything more than Christ.
When Jesus’ dear friends find their brother deathly ill, they send for him to come and heal him. Jesus delays in order to do a more magnificent and glorious work through Lazarus’ death than through his healing. Before many witnesses, Jesus reveals himself to be the one who can bring the dead to life and invites each of us to believe he is the resurrection and the life. The resurrection of Lazarus is a clear symbol of the work Jesus carried out by dying a substitutionary death on the cross. To save Lazarus he, willingly walks into enemy territory to surrender his own life, also securing eternal life for all of God’s children.
This week we are pleased to welcome guest preacher, Pastor Doug Payne.
In John 9, the disciples, confused by the suffering of a man born blind from birth, ask Jesus, whose sin caused the man's blindness. Jesus' answer directs the disciples not to the cause but the purpose of the man's blindness. Jesus teaches us that our suffering is not meaningless. In everything that happens to us, God has a purpose and a desire to bring glory to his Name through either our deliverance or by supplying sustaining grace that keeps us trusting and satisfied in Jesus.
We pick up this morning in John chapter 8 in the midst of a scandalous conversation between Jesus and his hearers in the temple. This conversation quickly escalate such that the crowds hurl insults and slurs at Jesus and He very plainly tells them, you can’t receive me or my words because of your spiritual paternity. And interspersed throughout the conversation, Jesus shares several incredible glorious truths about himself and what He is offering them (and us), nothing less than freedom from sin, safety from death and eternal life.
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.