Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Gospel by John

John writing:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”
“The Word became flesh..................”

John the Apostle identifies his purpose in writing – to convince us that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing we might have life through His Name.

The opening statement focuses on the unusual title of the Lord Jesus – the Word. And right through the gospel , the emphasis is on His Word and Words.
As the Word, He is the full and final expression of the mind of God. As the communicator of God to mankind, He is the Alpha and Omega.
His creation control is seen when, by the command of His lips, water is reconstructed into the best wine!

At the end of chapter three, this statement is made “ for He speaks the words of God”
The man lying sick by the pool was healed by His command – “rise up and walk”
John 5:24 is that powerful promise “whoever hears my words, and believes on Him that sent me has everlasting life ....”
As the narrative continues, the significance of His words develop.
“My sheep hear my voice and they follow Me”
Then a moment of power “Lazarus come forth”

The power, promises, pronouncements of His word reaches a special importance in chapter 12. They will be the measure of judgement against all who do not believe Him!

The references to His words, continues among the disciples. E.g.
“He that has my words and keeps them, he it is that loves Me”
Again in his prayer to the Father “I have given them the words”
How meaningful then, that He should say on the cross “It is finished”

All this becomes so meaningful when we choose to receive Him, to listen to Him, to follow Him, to love Him.

For my Muslim readers, please refer to Sura 3:45

May I encourage all my readers to read through the Gospel of John, watching for the repeated mention of HIS WORDS.

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