Summary: Message 48 in our journey through John's gospel. This is the last in the series covering the aftermath of the resurrection and postlude to the gospel.
Pastor David Welch
“Now What?” John 21
John makes it very clear that Jesus said and did much more than God chose to chronicle.
John affirmed that his purpose was to record those things that would both inspire and fortify belief that leads to genuine life in Him. His writing is a masterpiece, a symphony of thought arousing genuine trust in Christ. Chapter one serves as an overture that introduces the crucial themes developed throughout the writing.
Themes in John
1. Jesus existed from eternity before mankind in perfect relationship with God as God full and complete deity 1,2,15
“I am the bread of life coming down.”
“I know Him because I am from Him, and He sent Me.”
“Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad. Before Abraham was born, I Am.”
John records the longing of Jesus to be restored with “the glory I had with You Father before the world was.”
He unequivocally claimed to be the Son of God.
“I am the source of living water springing up to eternal life.”
“I and the Father are one.”
“If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”
2. Jesus is the agent of creation and the source of all life. vs 3
He turned water into wine.
He turned 5 loaves and 2 fish into enough food for 10,000 people.
“Just as the Father has life in himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself.”
“Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no life in yourselves.”
“I am the bread of life.”
“Whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
“The words that I have spoken are spirit and are life.”
“I have come that they might have life.”
“I am the resurrection and the life.”
3. Jesus is the source of truth and light that enlightens every man with grace and truth. 5, 9
“My words abide in you; then you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”
“My teaching is not mind but Him who sent me.”
“If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, from his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.”
“I am the light of the world, he who follows me will Old Testament walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.”
“While you have the light, believe in the light, in order that you may become sons of light.”
“I have come as light into the world that everyone who believes in Me may not remain in darkness.”
“I am the way the truth and the life.”
4. Jesus entered the world of time and space by embracing humanity to live with humans. 10a,14a
The humanity of Jesus is seen throughout the book.
He identified himself not only as the Son of God but also as the Son of man.
He got hungry. He was subject to the elements. He ate, drank, walked, talked, and touched.
He full and complete deity and full and complete humanity at the same time.
5. Jesus reflected a recognizable divine glory. 14b
Nicodemus recognized it. “No one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
He was able to tell the woman at the well all about her life.
Great multitudes followed Him because they were seeing the signs that He was performing on those who were sick.
“He who seeks glory from the one who sent Him, He is true and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”
“It is my father who glorifies me.”
6. Jesus intensely impacted those He touched with life and new birth 12-13,16
Nicodemus, the official whose son was healed, the disciples, the women around Him, the lame man, the woman caught in adultery, man born blind and his parents, the multitudes, Lazarus. Many of the multitudes believed in Him, saying, “When the Christ shall come, He will not perform more signs than those which this man has, will He?”
7. Not everyone recognized or received Jesus as Savior 10b-11
The religious leaders and Pharisees. Judas
“I have come in My Father’s name and you do not receive Me”
“If you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words.”
“But some of you who do not believe.”
“not even his brothers were believing in Him.”
“The world hates me because I testify of it that its deeds are evil.”
“Several times He walked through attempts to seize him or kill him.”
8. Jesus came to reveal or explain the glory of the Father to men 18