John – God Speaks!
We read and need the Bible for many reasons. God’s Word teaches us how to live. The Bible encourages us and provides peace in trouble. The stories of ordinary humans God called to do miraculous acts to help others know Him and relate to Him challenges our thinking. The wisdom of His Scriptures, coupled with His Holy Spirit, helps us find solutions to age old problems of selfishness and what happens when we seek our own way instead of God’s will.
Yes, His Word draws us to know more about the God we say we believe, love and want to serve. But most of all, and don’t miss this…God’s Word is all about Jesus sent to save the world and bring us back to a holy relationship with God, our Father.
Jesus loves me this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to Him belong
They are weak but He is strong
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
The Bible tells me so
ALL of God’s Word points to this Truth…God loved us and sent His Son to save us.
“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! –Jesus
Find Jesus in God’s Word and worship Jesus, the Word made flesh! (John 1) The Bible points us to Life, eternal Life in believing who Jesus is and what He says.
John 5, New Living Translation
Jesus Claims to Be the Son of God
16 So the Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules. 17 But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” 18 So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill him. For he not only broke the Sabbath, he called God his Father, thereby making himself equal with God.
19 So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished. 21 For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants. 22 In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge, 23 so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him.
24 “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.
25 “And I assure you that the time is coming, indeed it’s here now, when the dead will hear my voice—the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen will live. 26 The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son. 27 And he has given him authority to judge everyone because he is the Son of Man. 28 Don’t be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, 29 and they will rise again. Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience judgment. 30 I can do nothing on my own. I judge as God tells me. Therefore, my judgment is just, because I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will.
Witnesses to Jesus
31 “If I were to testify on my own behalf, my testimony would not be valid. 32 But someone else is also testifying about me, and I assure you that everything he says about me is true. 33 In fact, you sent investigators to listen to John the Baptist, and his testimony about me was true. 34 Of course, I have no need of human witnesses, but I say these things so you might be saved. 35 John was like a burning and shining lamp, and you were excited for a while about his message. 36 But I have a greater witness than John—my teachings and my miracles. The Father gave me these works to accomplish, and they prove that he sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has testified about me himself. You have never heard his voice or seen him face to face, 38 and you do not have his message in your hearts, because you do not believe me—the one he sent to you.
39 “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! 40 Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.
41 “Your approval means nothing to me, 42 because I know you don’t have God’s love within you. 43 For I have come to you in my Father’s name, and you have rejected me. Yet if others come in their own name, you gladly welcome them. 44 No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God.
45 “Yet it isn’t I who will accuse you before the Father. Moses will accuse you! Yes, Moses, in whom you put your hopes. 46 If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. 47 But since you don’t believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?”
Do you believe? Or are you merely impressed with His Story?
WHAT DO WE LEARN…FROM JESUS?
–“My Father is always working, and so am I.”
–“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life.”
–“I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.”
–“And I assure you that the time is coming, indeed it’s here now, when the dead will hear my voice—the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen will live.”
–“Of course, I have no need of human witnesses, but I say these things so you might be saved.”
–“The Father gave me these works to accomplish, and they prove that he sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has testified about me himself.”
–“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!”
Jesus, the Giver of Life. Believe and you will be saved.
Dear Heavenly Father, Lord and Savior
Thank you for saving us. Thank you, Jesus! Thank you for living in all who believe. Thank you for your Holy Spirit that guides, comforts, convicts, and challenges us to abide in You. Apart from You, we cannot function in healthy ways. I believe and I will always tell of Your saving grace, Your powerful ways of working in us and your incredible love for all who receive and believe you into their being. Continue to transform us, developing your character in us and through us. You are God and we are not. We worship You and love you with all that is in us.
In Jesus Name, Amen