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The Pharisees again try to catch Jesus out. He confounds them and deals with the woman: "Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more."
Compare with John 3: 17-18. Not to condemn but to save.
In the rest of chapter 8 he makes clear his oneness with the Father, and his pre-existence with God.
Only by believing him can we be saved from our sins (v24). Again compare with John 3:16.
So far in John we've seen the theme of Jesus being misunderstood because people think in earthly terms:
*Nicodemus and being born again;
*Samaritan woman and living water;
*Purpose of Sabbath;
*Bread of Life;
*Relationship with God.
*We can also fall into the trap of trying to make Jesus' words fit our earthly understanding.*
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After feeding the 5000, Jesus got away from the crowds. But they searched him out, wanting another miracle (preferably a meal!).
Note the contrast with the Samaritans in John 4: no mention of a miracle, yet many believed. The Jews had witnessed miracles but were only interested in being fed.
Jesus said "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry."
His task, as with Nicodemus and the woman at the well, was to make people see spiritual rather than earthly meaning in his words.
In Samaria when the disciples returned, he said he had food. (John 4: 31-34.)
His food was to do God's will.
Here in John 6: 29 he says "The work of God is to believe in the one he has sent."
And in verse 35 "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry..."
He went on to talk about eating his flesh and drinking his blood. Many followers, unable or unwilling to understand, left him.
Jesus didn't try to stop them. He didn't want to keep "disciples" who only recognised earthly values. "The Spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing." (v 33).
What about us? What miracle do we pray for? Physical healing? A cure for Covid? To pass our exams or get that job? Are we like the Jews who try to make Jesus conform to *our* earthly values? Or have we learned that "the flesh counts for nothing"?
|Posted on November 13, 2020 at 1:35 PM||comments (56)|
1-15: Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath. Since He could have chosen another day, it seems that He was unconcerned at the Jews' predictable reaction.
The point that healing was more important than legalistic requirements has a spiritual as well as earthly application.
16-18: Their attack was not just about the Sabbath, but "making Himself equal with God" (note these are John's words, not the Jews).
19-47: Jesus gives a comprehensive summary of His relationship with His Father. His claims are unequivocal - *He is God.* Believing this is the key to eternal life (vv 24, 38 & 40.)
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It's stating the obvious to say that Jesus 'knew what he was doing'!
He knew everything about the "woman at the well". Even his disciples accepted that he would talk to a Samaritan - but were surprised that he spoke to a woman!!! Not only was she of dubious character (4 husbands and living with another), but was probably lower class and looked down on by her neighbours.
Notice how Jesus steers the conversation from water to living water. A parallel with Nicodemus and being born again.
The disciples also took his reference to food literally. Surely we do the same thing - taking God's word and trying to apply it to our earthly lives rather than seeing the spiritual meaning?
But the woman preached (or gossiped?) the gospel to her neighbours more effectively than the disciples could.
Is it better to be "so spiritually minded that you are no earthly use" or "so earthly minded that you're no spiritual use"?
Her question about the correct place for worship is irrelevant today. What can we learn from Jesus' reply? That God is not interested in where we worship, but "man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Sam 17:7.
We must worship in Spirit and in truth'. Truth is not about correct doctrine on physical things (bread, wine, music, head covering) but "you delight in truth in the inward being.." Psalm 51:6
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1&2: Nicodemus, a Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin, came to see Jesus at night. He was a member of the highest religious council/court, yet he called Jesus 'Rabbi', accepted his miracles and that God was with him.
3: Jesus sets the theme: "No-one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
We are familiar with the phrase 'born again', but understandably Nicodemus was puzzled. What was Jesus purpose?
5-8: To explain, Jesus contrasts water and Spirit, flesh and spirit. Also wind = spirit.
[Does John recount the miracle of water into wine in 2:1-11 for the same purpose - an analogy of Jesus taking something basic and changing it into something much better?]
We shouldn't feel superior to Nicodemus. See John 16:29-32. How long did it take the chosen disciples to understand?
12: Do we focus on earthly or heavenly things? See also Col 3:1&2.
3:16-18 Jesus explains the gospel in a nutshell. The passage doesn't end at John 3:16!
Man brings condemnation on himself, God, in His love, offers to save us. To accept, we must believe.
19-21: Jesus uses light and darkness (introduced by John in 1:4-9).
Darkness is absence of light. Light overwhelms darkness. But men loved darkness because their deeds were evil. *It's a choice.*
No further mention of Nicodemus here, but you'll find him later in John 7:50&51, and 19:39-42.
I think it's likely that Nicodemus became a believer - do you?
|Posted on November 13, 2020 at 1:30 PM||comments (146)|
Summary Of Our Study Of John 1: 1-18:
Written after the other gospels, which John would have read.
1. "In the beginning.." John's gospel has a different perspective, starting with God in the beginning.
We understand that the Word was made flesh as Jesus, but the impact of this on early readers would have been immense.
Gen 1:3 "And God said 'Let there be light' and there was light." God *spoke* creation into existence. His Word is powerful. See also Isaiah 55: 10&11.
Not only powerful but "the Word was God".
14. "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us." Amazing! Don't let familiarity with this lessen its impact.
Only in v17 does John say that this is Jesus.
4-9: light & darkness. Jesus is the light.
In v5 "the darkness has not understood/comprehended/overcome/overwhelmed it". Darkness is the absence of light. Light overwhelms darkness, but the reverse is not true. So with good and evil. So with Jesus and Satan.
Verses 12 & 17 echo our study of Romans - all who believe in his name are given the right to become God's children. Grace & truth are contrasted with law.
Read the whole passage, slowly, and repeat. Understand it. It lifts your spirit and fills you with wonder at God's work, his plan, and his love for us.
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Jesus said, ".....And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."
It is true that we do find the act of forgiving difficult to 'just do'. Our 'flesh' has all the reasons, all the facts, all the excuses and all the evidence not to forgive. In other words we do struggle with true and complete forgiviness. But the truth of the matter is that we, as individuals, have offended someone somewhere knowingly or unknowingly. Above all, we have definately sinned against our Heavenly Father, yet He has forgiven us of the worst offence. So let us be like our Father and forgive. Let us ask The Lord to use us to forgive others. Let us not trust our flesh to forgive but trust our heavenly Father to use us to forgive others.
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God made us and allowed us the freedom to be like him or to make our own choices and our own mistakes. He wants us to love each other but we often choose not to, and so reject God. If we accept that we have made wrong choices, he is ready to forgive us. In fact, he sent his Son, Jesus to tell us, and to show us, how much God loves us and wants us back as his children.
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