John

Journey Through John: A Connected Branch that Bears Fruit

 

I am convinced that most Christians believe they are unimportant to the cause of Christ.  They believe that God is doing stuff in the world but they generally feel disconnected from what he is doing.

God’s plan from the very beginning has been to use people to win and disciple other people.  From Abraham to Moses, from David to Elijah, God has always used people.  He has no plan B.  One person winning another person.  One soul, one life at a time.

If that is God’s plan, why do we not feel like an important part of that?  Whose job is it to bear fruit today?

Our passage this morning is John 15.  I cannot overstate the importance of this passage for you and I this morning.  If we understand and live out this passage we will spend eternity with God our father, and not us only but every single person we disciple, impact and influence for Christ.

We ignore this passage at our peril, because the warnings found in the passage are the strongest and sharpest Jesus will ever give to his disciples.

 

Journey Through John: A Connected Branch that Bears Fruit

Journey Through John: If You Love Me

In John chapter 14:15-26, we find ourselves deep into Jesus’ last message to his disciples. We are at the last supper celebrating the Passover where Jesus has been acting strange.

 He washed all of the disciples’ feet teaching while teaching them a lesson in humility, but all is not well.

 Jesus is troubled. John 13:21 “After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” Jesus is troubled in his spirit because at that very moment a betrayal was happening.

  In the midst of this Jesus confirms their worst fears. He is leaving and where he is going they cannot come. John 13:33 (ESV)

33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’

 Then as if to top it all off, Peter who promises to lay down his life for Jesus is told that he will deny Jesus three times before morning (John 13:38).

 To say the disciples are a mess and to say that their “hearts were troubled” at this point is probably a huge understatement. In one evening, they are seeing everything they have believed in and followed for the last three years shaken. Jesus is troubled, Judas is a traitor, and Peter will deny Jesus. Their faith and their lives are being shaken.

  In verse 15-26 Jesus is continuing his message but his is shifting from comfort to mission and from “being” to “doing.”

 Jesus message to his disciples is that they are to carry on his mission. Those that love him will stay on that task. They will obey Jesus’ commandments. They will keep his words. Living in obedience to Jesus and his teachings is the PROOF of discipleship.

Journey Through John: If You Love Me

Journey Through John: Loving Humility

One of the reasons I love the Gospel of John is because more than any of the other gospels John gives us glimpses into Jesus mind and back story.  

John 13:1–17 (ESV) Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

Did you catch how John shares Jesus thoughts? There is so much in this verse… Jesus knows this is the last week of his life. His hour has come to depart from this world to the Father, he is about to complete his mission and make atonement for the sins of the world. 

 

Journey Through John: Loving Humility

Journey Through John: The Resurrection Response

The book of John is all about believing. Believing that Jesus is Messiah, God’s son come to Earth as a man to redeem a people for himself.
A people that would love, follow and obey Him, a people who would deeply desire a relationship with the God who made them, a people that understood their flaws and fallen-ness but who also understood God’s mercy and grace.
In the book of John we find twelve disciples who believed deeply in Jesus (John 2:11) so much so that they left everything to follow Jesus. We see Nicodemus a ruler of the Jews who discovers what it means to be born again (John 3). John tells us of a used and abused Samaritan woman who found the “living water” of Jesus and true forgiveness. It is she who lead the whole village of Sycar to believe in Jesus (John 4).
We see a Gentile official believing in Jesus after Jesus healed his son (John 4). Many believed in Jesus as he healed, fed and ministered to the crowds (John 6-7). Let us not forget about the man who was born blind. Jesus not only heals his physical blindness but he heals his spiritual blindness as well. Jesus performed many miracles but by far the greatest miracle was when he raised Lazarus from the dead.
He did it powerfully and publically. No other miracle produced more believers that this one miracle.
His words had power
 

Journey Through John: The Resurrection Response