Clay concluded our study of the Gospel of John this week. I can hardly believe we’re finally finished with John. What an awesome series! This will be a brief message, but I would just like to take a few moments to recap on what we have learned in John as a whole.
John, as we have noticed, is markedly different from the rest of the Gospels. John doesn’t have the large chunks of teachings in it like the other Gospel accounts. There are relatively few miracles, and many are surprised to learn that there are no parables. But, what John does do, however, is walk us through a series of personal encounters between Jesus and individuals. We watch Jesus talk with Nicodemus, revealing the Father’s unfathomable love for this lost world. We hear Him proclaim to the woman at the well, “the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” We see Him gently massage mud in the blind man’s eyes as He proclaims, “I AM the light of the world.” We are with Him as He embraces with mercy and love the woman caught in adultery. John shows us who Jesus is. It sort of all goes back to, John 1:29, doesn’t it? “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” In other words, watch Him — see how He interacted with people, how He loved the unlovable, how He fellowshipped with the Father, and how He willingly gave Himself up in death for you and me. This is the message of John. I think we could spend the rest of eternity trying to fully grasp the depth and breadth of the matchless Love that this Gospel reveals.
In closing, as we reflect on the life of Jesus, I hope you are blessed with these words taken from one of my favorite books, Steps to Christ:
Jesus did not suppress one word of truth, but He uttered it always in love. He exercised the greatest tact and thoughtful, kind attention in His intercourse with the people. He was never rude, never needlessly spoke a severe word, never gave needless pain to a sensitive soul. He did not censure human weakness. He spoke the truth, but always in love. He denounced hypocrisy, unbelief, and iniquity; but tears were in His voice as He uttered His scathing rebukes… His life was one of self-denial and thoughtful care for others. Every soul was precious in His eyes. While He ever bore Himself with divine dignity, He bowed with the tenderest regard to every member of the family of God. In all men He saw fallen souls whom it was His mission to save.
Please keep checking up on us as we begin a brand new study on Jesus’ parables! God bless!