Today, we are going to begin a brand new series in the life of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of John. This is a series I began sharing with our church family this past Sunday morning. You can see an outline of this entire first message on my New Life blog HERE.
HERE is a youtube video that is a trailer to this sermon series.
COME AND SEE
By Pastor Chris Jordan
In the Gospel of John, we are invited to “come and see” what Jesus is like. John reveals Jesus to us through His seven “I am” claims, seven miracles, and seven sermons.
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8).
What a wonderful invitation that has been given to us by the Creator of the universe! He has invited us to come to Him and taste of His goodness, and have a personal relationship with His Son Jesus Christ. Once you’ve experienced His goodness, and the abundant life that Jesus freely offers, you’ll want to know Him more, love Him, and serve Him.
I’m so thankful for the gift that God has given us in the Bible. May we never take for granted this amazing blessing that He has given to us. Every word in the Bible is inspired by God and is the blueprint for living life on planet earth. The B.I.B.L.E. is Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.
As we begin this journey, studying the life of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of John, my prayer is that the Lord would give us a spirit of wisdom and a fresh revelation of who Jesus is. As we come and see, and taste of the goodness of the Lord, I pray that we would never be the same again, in Jesus’ precious name, amen.
The Gospel of John is one of my favourite books of the Bible. I know I’ve probably said that about every book of the Bible I’ve preached from, but it’s true. Before we begin studying this book, I want to lay a foundation by introducing you to the author of this Gospel.
Intro to the Author John:
What do we know about the disciple John? We know that he and his brother James and their father Zebedee had a fishing business. “When Jesus had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him.” (Mark 1:19-20). When Jesus said, “Come, follow me,” John and his brother left everything to follow Him.
John was one of twelve disciples who Jesus personally hand-picked to follow Him. Not only was he one of the twelve, but he was also a part of the inner circle of three disciples who had even closer contact with Jesus than the other nine disciples, along with Peter and James. They saw some things that Jesus did that nobody else saw. They were the ones who Jesus took with Him up on the mount of transfiguration, and allowed them to see the bright brilliance of His glory. John was also one of the three disciples who Jesus took into the garden on the night in which He was betrayed, to pray with Him. When Jesus died on the Cross, John was the only one of the twelve disciples who was there at the foot of the Cross with Jesus. The other eleven disciples had run away, fearing for their lives. As Jesus was dying, he trusted John to look after His mother Mary. John is called the beloved disciple, or the disciple whom Jesus loved.
In addition to writing this Gospel, John wrote four other New Testament books: 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and the book of Revelation. John was also an amazing pastor. I would have loved to have had a pastor like John! You can see his pastoral, father’s heart for the churches in his three letters as he addresses the members of his congregation as dear children.
John was the only one of the eleven faithful disciples who wasn’t martyred for his faith. When Jesus started the Christian church in the first century, the world was under the rule of the Roman Empire. Anyone who followed Jesus was persecuted by the Romans. The Roman Empire forced their citizens to swear loyalty to Caesar, declaring “Caesar is Lord!” However, the Christians refused to do so, claiming that Jesus Christ was the only Lord. Therefore, those who were seen as leaders in the Christian faith were martyred for preaching Jesus.
Foxe records John’s story in his Book of Martyrs: “The beloved disciple John was brother to James the Great. The churches of Smyrna, Pergamos, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea, and Thyatira, were founded by him. From Ephesus he was ordered to be sent to Rome, where it is affirmed he was cast into a cauldron of boiling oil. He escaped by miracle, without injury. The Emperor Domitian afterwards banished him to the Isle of Patmos, where he wrote the Book of Revelation. He was the only apostle who escaped a violent death.”
One final note about the disciple John who wrote this Gospel: We need to make sure we don’t confuse this John with another John, John the Baptist, a prophet who was the cousin of Jesus. In John’s Gospel, whenever he is referring to himself, he calls himself “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” So anytime you see the name John in this Gospel, he is referring to John the Baptist.
Pastor Chris Jordan