Sunday, January 20, 2013

Purpose writing in John

     John the Apostle,  in writing his  gospel, not only gives historical incidents, but each one is selected to counter a relevant problem.  In chapter one, he presents incidents that affirm the connection between Jesus and heaven.   In chapter two, John cites the wedding at Cana to deal with the spiritual distinction between Jesus and Mary. Then he refers to the temple encounter, where not only the money orientated rituals were exposed, but introduces the ongoing Jewish hate - that Jesus should be greater than the temple.
      Chapter 3 relates a closed door conversation with a significant Jewish leader. This reveals that sincere Jewish leaders recognised enough evidence to admit that Jesus was 'from God'. John picks up on this later , writing of the many priests who converted ( Ch 12 ) Jesus in straightforward fashion, tells Nicodemus He has no intention of putting new wine into old wine skins -"you must be born again". This chapter is important as it introduces to concept of God loving the world of people, not just Jews. It introduces accountability in final judgement, not for action or inaction (law) , but rather judgement based on faith or no faith in Jesus as Son of God.
   In the end of chapter 3, the greatest of prophets, John the Baptist (Moses was allotted his place in chapter 1) fades into insignificance  in the overwhelming light of Jesus the Son. The Son speaks Gods word's and the focus of Gods dealings with humanity is on Him.
    It almost seem too much, to now have John ( the apostle of pure Jewish blood), relate the story of the Lord Jesus conversing with a Samaritan woman.  Most Jews would have spat at the thought, but John deliberately  is showing the embrace of Divine grace..  The Lord from heaven is not seeking the best people, rather He wants to change the worst!

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