The Master of the World
The Gospel of John
Many other signs therefore, Jesus also performed in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:30,31
This is the plan of the Gospel of John. The author authenticates his purpose by his conclusion: " This is the disciple who bears witness to these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his witness is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books which were written. John 21:24,25
Water To Wine - Master of Natural Process
Cleansing of the Temple - Master of Religion
Teaching of Nicodemus - Master Teacher of Teachers
Samaritan Woman - Master of Cultural Diversity
Healing of Nobleman's son - Master of Space ( distance )
Healing of Man With 38 Year Affliction - Master of Time and Space
Feeding of Five Thousand - Master of Provision
Walking on the Sea - Master of Natural Laws
Jesus' Discourses - Master of the Kingdom ( informing subjects of His lordship )
Woman caught In Adultery - Master of Forgiveness
Healing of Man Born Blind - Master of Misfortune
Raising of Lazarus - Master of Death
His Resurrection - Master of Everything ( Capstone miracle )
Our daily existence is a struggle against these limitations of which Jesus proved to be Master.
The first chapter sets the perimeters of John's mission statement to us. ( John 20:30,31 )
Let's examine his testimony ( His written proof ) concerning Jesus and proper understanding of who He is, the Christ, the Son of God.
If we believe we will be given the power to cope with the factors of life over which we have no control.
I. Jesus Is The Essence of God- John 1:1-3
A. Expression - 1
LOGOS - Word: Expression of deep inner conviction shared with others.
THEOS - God: The fullness of the godhead dwelt in Him bodily (Colossians 1:19 )
B. Eternal Nature - 2
Antiquity - From Beginning
Companied - With God
C. Efficacy - 3
The creation is the product of His hands.
What you see is what He made.
D. Possible reactions: Acceptance or rejection.
Believe used ninety-eight times in the Gospel of John.
It always means an acknowledgement of a personal claim or complete commitment to a person or an ideal never just an assent to a proposition made.
II. Jesus Is The Embodiment of Life- John 1:4,5
A. Source of Life - 4
B. Source of Enlightenment - 5
C. Defined by Jesus: " And this is life eternal, that they should know Thee, the only true God, and Him Whom Thou didst send, even Jesus Christ. " John 17:3
It implies a Determined Conscientiousness; Direct Contact; Durative Continuity, and Developing Character.
III. Jesus Is The Equipper of His Messengers - John 1:6-18
A. Testifier - 6,7
B. Testator - 8-14
C. Testifier - 15,16
D. Testator - 17,18
E. Testifier - 19-28
F. Testator - 29-34
1. Lamb of God -29
2. Son of Man - 30, 32
3. Son of God - 33-36
Jesus is the Epitome of Justification - John 3:1-21
He is the Designer of The Plan - 3, 5-8
He is the Executer of This Will - 10-17
He is The Designator of the Terms of Acceptance. 18-21
Jesus Has Expectations of Compliance - John 3:22-36
The Signature of Acceptance - 22-24
The Sign of Submission - humility - 25-30
The statement of Obedience - 31-36
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines into the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5
Pretend this flashlight represents Jesus and its light coming from it is His love toward us.
First of all we needs to be acceptors of His love. Believers have life in His name.
Second we need to be reflectors of His love. Testifiers of the goodness of His love.
Don't let anything get between you and the love of Jesus.
The darkness cannot overcome Him but it can block our view or the view of others who are still seeing Jesus through us.