Check out this helpful sermon on John 3:1-21 by D.A. Carson.
We were back in John 1 and 2 today.
Observations and Questions
On the theme of revelation / seeing . . .
1:31 – John’s work was that Jesus “might be revealed to Israel”
1:32 – “he on whom you see the Spirit . . .”
1:34 – “I have seen . . .”
1:39 – “Come and you will see”
1:48 – “Come and see”
1:51 -“you will see greater things than these”
2:12 – “This is the first of his signs, Jesus . . . manifested his glory.”
How does this theme of revelation cohere with what we find in John 1:1-18 and John 3 – 4? Thoughts anyone?
We’re in John 4 today . . . I’d love for you to share your thoughts!
Observations & Questions
Authors can use repetition to emphasize theme. They can also use it to contribute to the tone and feel of a narrative. (See Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sach, Dig Deeper: Tools for Understanding God’s Word, 89-95.)
Note the words/concepts repeated in these verses:
How does repetition contribute to theme in this chapter?
How does repetition contribute to the tone and feel of this chapter?
4:10 – what is the “gift of God?”
4:12 – this is John’s way of showing the reader: “Something greater than Jacob is here” (cf. Matthew 12:6, 41, 42)
4:26 – the moment of self-disclosure; how does this verse contribute to any larger themes in John’s narrative?
Today is our first Wednesday of fasting and prayer for the next 6 weeks. The purpose of our fast is to express concern for the work of God – specifically the work of the Gospel both in us and through us (Colossians 1:3-8). Learn more here.
Though many will pray individually, we hope you can make it to our morning prayer meeting at the Lipp home (6:30-7:30am) and/or our evening prayer meeting (Grace Night) at the Romanian Baptist Church at 36 Broadlands Blvd (7-8:30pm).
For those memorizing John 1:1-18, Terrence will lead a time of Scripture memory check right after the evening service.
Observations & Questions
Jesus is called the Word.
- What do we use words for?
- What is John saying by calling Jesus “the Word?”
Jesus is also called the light.
- What is light used for?
- What is similar about the imagery of “Word” and “light?”
1:1 – “In the beginning . . .”
- What Old Testament Scripture is John alluding to?
- What’s the significance?
1:1 – we would expect, “. . . and he was with God, and he was God.”
- But John repeats “the Word.” Why?
1:3 – “all things” seems to be tied to “the heavens and the earth” from Genesis 1:1.
- Read Colossians 1:15-17 to see another passage that speaks of Jesus creating all things
1:4 – “the life was the light of men”
- “of men” seems to be objective; that means it could be translated “for men.”
- This corresponds to 1:9 – “the true light, which gives light to everyone.” The light is for us to see. And what we see is life.
1:5 – since John is interacting with Genesis 1, I wonder if John is interacting with Genesis 1:2-5 here.
- See the themes of light and darkness in 1:5 and Genesis 1:2-5.
- What is John doing with this language of light and darkness?
1:6 – it’s interesting that John is named immediately; compare with “the Word.”
- We still haven’t learned his name . . . not until 1:17! Why do you think John delays naming Jesus?
1:12-13 – Jesus can make people children of God. This doesn’t refer to adoption, but birth; notice how they’re born: “not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
- In Old Testament Scripture, who wasn’t born of the will of flesh, but born of God?
- What is John saying about Jesus?
I look forward to your comments and interaction!
I recently read that the Gospel of John is “complexity wrapped with simplicity.” I’m eager to enjoy the simplicity and ponder the complexity with many others from GFC. Around 20-30 people are reading with me. The six week plan we’re using is here.
I’ll be writing daily posts to help stimulate thoughtful discussion and interaction. I’d love to hear your meditations and questions on the daily readings.
We start in John 1 – 2 today. Whether you’re at GFC or not, a believer or not, please join us!