Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.
We mistake the journey for the destination.
Because of Jesus’ triumph over death, death doesn’t even end in death.
Because of His victory, Death is just a momentary pathway on an eternal journey.
God is never more glorified than when His Son is exalted.
1) In the delay it describes.
…for God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
A) He is always at work.
B) He is often doing more than I can imagine.
If you feel like you are in a holding pattern, it may be because God is getting ready to do something more miraculous than you’ve previously experienced. But something precious might have to die first so that He can resurrect it.
C) He is teaching me to trust Him.
2) In the love it demonstrates.
A) He cares about the things that concern us.
Never mistake dependability for predictability.
B) He is deeply disturbed by the things that destroy us.
The Lord felt indignation and outrage at what death had done.
C) He is willing to inflict temporary pain to affect eternal gain.
D) He loves us enough to accept us like we are and too much to leave us that way.
If you will express your faith,
He will extend your faith.
3) Because of the truth it reveals.
Sometimes it looks like God is missing the mark because
we are too short-sighted to see what He’s aiming for.
But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
2) The gatekeeper opened for Him.
John the Baptist
The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
The Holy Spirit
John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending
as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him.
God the Father.
…and a voice came out of the heavens:
“You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”
3) His sheep hear His voice and they follow Him.
A) He knows us personally.
B) He leads us out.
C) He goes ahead of us and we follow Him.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me…
I am the door.
A) Salvation (secure)
C) Everything we need
I am the Good Shepherd.
Then I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them;
he will feed them himself and be their shepherd.
If this man had been born with his sight, he might never have met Jesus. He might have spent a lifetime with his physical sight and an eternity in hell.
“Neither this man sinned, nor his parents. But so that the works of God might be displayed in him we must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day: night is coming when no one can work.”
2) As the mighty God who uses broken things.
Sometimes unanswered questions may be an act of God’s mercy in disguise.
Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. Therefore you will joyously draw water From the springs of salvation. Isaiah 12:2-3
In the presence of Jesus, those who know they are blind are made to see.
Those who think they can see are made blind.
The stronger we think we are, the less chance there is for God to use us for His glory. It is when we are willing to admit our brokenness that He steps in and demonstrates His power.
The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
…knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
1 Peter 1:18-19
It was used by artists when their masterpiece was complete.
…who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity…
2 Timothy 1:9
It was used by servants reporting to their masters.
For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will,
but the will of Him who sent Me.
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
It was used by merchants when a bill had been paid in full.
When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
There is no mortgage on the saints.
2) The way it is used.
3) What it means to me.
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us
and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:10
A) He made my forgiveness possible.
The Champion accepted the challenge to do battle for our soul’s redemption against all our foes. He met Sin. Horrible, terrible, all-but omnipotent Sin nailed Him to the Cross. But in that deed, Christ nailed Sin also to the tree. There they both did hang together—Sin and Sin’s Destroyer. Sin destroyed Christ and by that destruction Christ destroyed Sin.
B) He makes my acceptance a reality.
God the Father looked upon His perfect, precious, and priceless Son as if He had lived the filthy, detestable, sin-stained lives of fallen mankind. And, for those who repent and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, God the Father looks upon them as if they had lived His Son's perfect, precious, and priceless life.
THE FIRST RECORDED GOSPEL CONVERSATION
Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing His signs which He was doing. 24 But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, 25 and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.
Unless you are born again, you cannot
experience the Kingdom of heaven.
1) How is this even possible?
2) How does this become true in my life?
The new birth is the necessary work the Holy Spirit does in us
when we turn from our sin and place our trust in Christ alone.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.”
1) God loves you and has provided for your salvation.
2) Jesus did not come to condemn you. He came to save you.
3) Whether you are saved or you die in your sin is up to you.