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John 5 Final–Jesus Let’s the Religious Leaders Have it

So, as if He had finally had enough, Jesus confronts the religious leaders and calls them on their self-righteous stupidity.  It was a very reasoned but direct way to tell them that they would never be happy with the truth.  Jesus stood looking at the men that the community considered His Father’s ambassadors with disdain and sadness.  They roamed the countryside dressed in their religious garb and pontificated, debated, and corrected the people on the finer points of tradition and Jewish law.

All the while, they told the people that if they would simply act as told; it would give God reason to finally send the Messiah. Jesus told them that , in fact, the Messiah stands before you and you will neither listen to Him, believe, nor accept Him!??!

The Lord went on to say that even though John came and prepared and announced the coming of the Messiah, they were unwilling to believe that.  Now that Jesus was there, doing the will of the Father, loving the lost, healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead; still, they would rather criticize and kill him than to simply accept God’s gift and live.

Jesus went on to remind these men that while He was Messiah, He was not there to receive praise of men.  He came to demonstrate the truth of who the Father was, and how He loved and wanted to restore Israel.  In short, Jesus did not need these men’s praise or approval, but the time would come that they would desperately long for and beg for His approval.

When people are blessed with the knowledge of the Savior, they are also given the responsibility to share the truth and spread the message.  We are not to expect some special “Pat on the back”, but, instead we simply share the saving news to bless those that need the Lord.  Those that think they need to somehow accomplish salvation by knowledge or deed will always be at odds with the Lord.

We are to be grateful and to live in the comfort of the grace Jesus offers.  While we are doing that, others will see Jesus in us and desire the peace and salvation He offers. That is when we must be ready to give an account of who Jesus is and what He has done in our lives.

God Bless You


31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true.

33 “You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth. 34 Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. 35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39 You study[c] the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

41 “I do not accept glory from human beings, 42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God[d]?

45 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”

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John 5 Part 2–Setting the Record Straight

It is very difficult for the world to understand the distinction between Jesus and other religious Icons. Knowing that, John wanted to take that card off the table.  Here in the early going, John tells us that our Lord did not soft peddle His deity.  As He was healing folks, the religious leaders were getting more and more concerned.  They wanted Him out of the picture. 

So, though others might step back a little to allow emotions to settle, Jesus made no apologies for His being God’s Son.  Instead, like a true son, He was standing up for His Father.  He wanted the world to know that His Father cared about the people 24/7/365! Sabbath Schmabbath! God loves folks all the time, in every circumstance, and wherever they may be.

Jesus was intent on helping the ones who would listen to realize that God was a personal God that wanted to be in the lives of those that He loves!  He will meet needs, heal the sick, raise the dead, liberate the captives of the world’s hold and restore the lives of those that are broken-hearted.  

Jesus did not need the religious leaders’ approval, and, in fact the more He saw them the more disappointed with them He became.  He told all that would listen He came to set the record straight.  He is our Heavenly Father’s Son and sought to show the true nature and spirit of the Father that sent Him. That is what sets Jesus apart from the other religious Icons and that is what makes salvation possible for sinners like us!

God Bless You


So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

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John 5 Part 1–Healing the Paralytic

Word of Jesus and His ministry was starting to spread.  The disciples and Jesus went to Jerusalem, and while there they came across a man that had been unable to walk for almost 40 years.  Jesus healed the man and sent him on his way.  Great story, right.  But, as John was considering things about his friend, John wanted to show that for Jesus, the ministry was never about the acclaim.

Here, Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath.  He could have waited another day or healed the man earlier.  Jesus chose not to wait in order to expose a very important fact about the Father.  Jesus knew the religious leaders clung to their traditions and rules to help them make sense of their prominence.  For the leaders, it was always about how impressive they were, how learned they were.  

Jesus was about changing the paradigm.  He healed the lame man on the Sabbath.  The leaders could not question the healing, the man had been paralyzed for nearly 40 years, longer than many had been alive. So, then they came to the heart of the discussion, Is it God or His rules the people were to worship.  

When the man announced his healing, the religious leaders were much more concerned that the healing was done on the Sabbath, than they were that God’s power was being displayed in the lives of His people.  Jesus knew that was the issue, and Jesus wanted folks to understand that God’s rules were to help us live a peaceful and full life.  When God works, the first response needed to be grateful hearts and joy, not slapping the disqualification buzzer.

John wanted folks to see that Jesus always acted intentionally as He ministered.  The Lord wanted us to see the Father’s heart and soul, not God’s parlor tricks. Jesus and Paul reiterated that God did not come to replace the law, Just to complete it.  If we worship the Lord, we will act in a manner that honors him. Conversely, If we worship the traditions and rules, then we will spend a lifetime pushing the edges and keeping score of things that simply do not matter.

As Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things will be added to you.”  John knew that Jesus was intent to set God’s record straight as a Father that loved His own and wanted for them freedom to gratefully follow.

God Bless You


After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic[a] called Bethesda,[b] which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.[c] One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

Now that day was the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews[d] said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

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John 4 Final–Jesus Continues the Mission(Perspective)

One of the joys of John’s Gospel is John’s ability to show us Jesus as a real person.  John did a marvelous job of sharing the daily emotions and attitudes that Jesus felt in his life and ministry.  In the final section of John 4, we see Jesus is a bit frustrated.  Jesus and His followers left Sychar, Samaria and continued to Galilee.  John makes a note that they did not go to Nazareth.  John recounts that Jesus made an effort to point out that a Prophet has no honor in His own land.  It would seem He was fast forwarding past Jesus’ weekend in Nazareth.  

So, Jesus returns to Cana. As He entered Galilee, the crowds welcomed Jesus like a celebrity.  The people had witnessed Jesus’ many healings in Jerusalem as well as His confrontation at the temple market with the officials. Now, as he entered the area, word traveled fast and crowds grew.  John is reminded of what Jesus said in Jerusalem:

            23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name.[d] 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

So, now back in Cana, Jesus begins to minister again.  A royal official races to Him and pleads for Jesus to come and heal his son.  John emphasizes that Jesus knew that so many people were coming for the show.  Still, in the midst of the frustration that people were missing the point, Jesus was not going to change His mission. Jesus was still revealing The Father’s love and power to those all who would believe.  

I love that John closes the chapter with the fact that the boy was healed, the official traced the healing back tot he moment Jesus spoke, and then humbly gave God His due glory and believed! Not only the official, but his entire household. 

For us, today’s message is simple, God is God whether we believe or not. We need to quit basing our faith on the signs God has performed in front of us, and instead we simply need to base our faith upon Jesus mission and sacrifice to seek and to save that which was lost.  The great news, is however, that even in our crisis of unbelief, our Father will continue to love us and complete His plan!

God Bless You


43 After the two days he left for Galilee. 44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 45 When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, for they also had been there.

46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.

48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”

49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”

50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”

The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.”

53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.

54 This was the second sign Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.

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John 4 Continued–The First Revival

It is pretty amazing that the first community revival happened in Sychar.  For the people in Israel, it was a bit of a slam.  But John, in his account, reminds us that the message of living water poured out at Jacob’s well spread through the community.  It was not started by Jesus, Peter, James, or John…It was started by the woman that Jesus “just happened to meet.”

I imagine the disciples were amazed that the Samaritans were so open to the Gospel.  They were mixed breeds, after all.  Then to be led by the broken woman, shunned by the very community she told is…beyond amazing.  Still, the entire community was changed by that one hot day in the middle of Samaria.

We must never be the ones judging whom God chooses to use to spread the Gospel. History reminds us that it is rarely who we would have picked.  We must always be ready to give an account to anyone that will listen. 

The story is often reshared of the tent revivalist that was at the end of his career and preached his heart out one evening only to have one person give their life to Christ.  At the end, the preacher left disheartened and defeated.  

Evangelist Billy Graham preaches to a crowd of 21,000 in St. Paul, Minnesota about Judgement Day.

What he did not realize was that one young man, Billy Graham, would later follow in his path and carry that same Gospel literally around the globe and to countless presidents, kings and world leaders.

If we will remain faithful to share the Gospel, the harvest will follow.  

God Bless You


27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”

34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

Many Samaritans Believe

39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.

42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

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John 4 Continued–He knows Me?!!?

As Jesus was starting His divine appointment with the woman at the well, she had no idea who this man was that was bothering her.  She was no stranger to abuse.  She had lived a very difficult life having been married and unmarried 6 times.  She went to the well in the heat of the day because of the looks and the disdain she received from others.

I am sure that she was thinking “What does this Jerk want?!” when Jesus asked for a drink.  But then the God’s grace started to happen.  As he spoke, she knew that Jesus knew who she was.  That was not the life changing part, for a great number of people knew who she was.  It was that she could sense that while Jesus knew her, it was that even knowing exactly who she was he did not judge her and cast her aside.

She knew rejection.  She faced it on the daily. Jesus was offering her something that no one had ever offered, acceptance without a price tag.  It completely changed her.  This misfit toy of life that never quite fit in was offered life by the Messiah! 

Jesus met her right where she was and accepted her without judgement or expectation.  He showed her unconditional love.

That same Jesus offers each of us the very same thing.  He knows everything we have done and every thought we have.  He has seen us at our best and at our worst.  Still, as Paul told the Romans, “God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

John must have smiled a bit as he thought about Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. It was clearly a clear message that God loves every person and wants to free them from sin and death.  I am so grateful that he would love me, also a sinner.  

God Bless You


The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

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John 4 Continued–Jesus the Greatest Proponent of Equal Rights

John continued to relate our Lord’s passion to set God’s story straight.  There, Jesus sat by Jacob’s well. The Samaritan woman approached. Jesus asked Her to please give him a drink.  Our twenty-first century minds cannot even begin to understand how large a deal that really was.  

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In Jesus’ time, the culture placed women only a little better than livestock on the value scale.  They were not educated, nor trained in the religious standards of the time.  They were overlooked and underappreciated despite the fact that they raised and cared for the lives of the family around them.

God created both men and women to be partners and equals.  Sin had allowed people to lose their perspective and so women, though invaluable, were marginalized in all areas of their lives.  

Jesus immediately set out to change that paradigm. In Sychar, a place culture and tradition said He shouldn’t have been, Jesus started a very life-changing discussion with a woman. She was the first person that Jesus announced His deity to- that He was the Messiah!  It was no slip of the tongue or awkward social mistake! Jesus was continuing the message that God saw things differently than men.

So, 2000+ years later, the world continues to marginalize women.  Culture screams equal rights for women while at the same time objectifying and villainizing those who would give their lives to making houses into homes and their loved ones into families.  Jesus would say today as he did in Sychar, women are incredibly valuable, capable, wise, and intelligent.

Jesus knew and would quicky show that women are the best evangelists and teachers.  They literally spend their adult lives raising, mentoring and maintaining family relationships, all the while working, gathering provisions, and assuring that their people are fed, clothed, trained and valued in their own lives. 

Make no mistake, the woman at the well was chosen as the brand representative for whom God sees as vital in the restoration of the kingdom. He always lifted them up and restored them as equals, and often just a little better than equals in the world.

God Bless You


 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

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John 4 Part 1–Jacob’s Well The Last Place a Messiah Would be Found

Jesus had waited patiently, but now He knew it was time to start to carry the message of hope and show people the true nature of God.  John was probably thinking about the critical steps in the building of Jesus ministry when the story at Jacob’s Well came to mind.

As His disciples, I am sure that John and the guys were leery of Jesus heading into Sychar, Samaria.  No respected Jewish man would be seen there! Especially not a Rabbi!  Still, they had probably already learned to roll with whatever Jesus did!  So, they went out to replenish supplies while Jesus waited by the well.

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As the woman approached, Jesus greeted her warmly and asked for a drink.  The red flags that launched…talking to a woman?!!? Talking to a Samaritan woman?!!? Accepting water from this hated mongeral person?!!? This would not post well on Insta, Twitter, or LinkedIn!  Jesus simply did not care.  His Father loved us all!  What better way to send that message than to start His public declaration as Messiah in the last place the religious establishment would ever accept.

Everything Jesus did promotes the Father’s agenda, not the religious agenda.  God wanted and still wants to shout His desire to bring all people back into fellowship.  That is why Jesus was forever hugging lepers, dining with the human rabble and going where the religious would not dare to go.

John knew the church had to be willing to cross all the religious divides and, as he lived exiled on the Isle of Patmos, John knew they had done that.  Jesus boldly tore down the traditional fences that locked God out of lives! His friend refused to let tradition and bigotry stop the mission of saving the world.

Ironically, one of Jesus’ draws was his miraculous signs and wonders.  It would only be many years later that we all realized that reaching out across all barriers to love the unloved may have been our Lord’s greatest miracle of all.

God Bless You


 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

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John 3 Part 3–John the Baptizer

Wanna Be’s, it is a term people use to describe a person that longs to be “Center Stage” and does all the center stage actions, but alas is simply not the center stage guy.  Elvis’s impersonators, Comicon Star Trek impostors are a couple of the examples of Wanna Be’s that come to mind.  They go all out and invest their savings and community to “Be the Guy.” But no matter the expense or efforts, it is not destined to happen.

In contrast, John the Baptist was the complete opposite of a “Wanna Be”.  He was a warrior and a unique person for all of history.  He was sent to change the hearts of the Jewish people and prepare them for the Messiah. His ministry called on all who would listen to personally take responsibility for their sin and to change course.  

They were to repent and be baptized in recognition of their desire to be redeemed for their own sin. It was no longer to be a national issue where the day of atonement would package up a national sin problem.  Each person agreed with God that they were personally sinners and unable to live a perfect life.

John the Baptist never thrived on the limelight, and though He had an amazing following by the time Jesus started His ministry, the Baptizer knew it was time to turn out the lights, His party was over.  John’s disciples were sad, the Jewish leadership would become ecstatic, but John would never look back.  John the Baptist knew his mission was complete and all he had left to do is to support Jesus as the Messiah and let his own ministry fade out.

I am sure as John the apostle reflected upon Jesus and John and had heard the discussions thru the years about “The Baptizer” and about Jesus’ relationship and competition with His cousin.  Now reflecting on the story, John wanted all to know that John’s ministry was well purposed and well done.  In addition, John wanted the world to know that all that happened with our Lord was planned and inevitable. Jesus was doing exactly what the Messiah needed to do and was right where He needed to be!  

This passage also reminds us that we too are inevitably linked to our Lord and His plan for our lives.  We, like John the Baptist, are not “Wanna Be’s”.  God calls each of us to be like Him.  We no longer conform to the world’s pattern, but are transformed by the Holy Spirit, time in God’s word and prayer and fellowship with other believers. (Romans 12:1-2). He calls us to be His ambassadors. (2 Corinthians 5:20).  We are to live each day as John the Baptist did, announcing the great news of our Savior!

We do not ever lose heart, we do not listen to the jeering of the crowd, we simply follow the Lord’s lead with a grateful heart, a humble spirit, and a tenacious attitude to finish the race and keep the faith.

God Bless You!


22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.) 25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”

27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”[h]

31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God[I] gives the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

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John 3 Part 2–Understanding John 3:16

Friday, we began to look at John 3:16…One look simply isn’t enough. As a father of 4 and “pops” to 3 additional treasures, each day I wake up to an understanding of the love of Abba, Father.  Our children’s lives are precious.  There really is no way to articulate the depth of love or willingness to sacrifice for these gifts placed in our lives.

We are willing to go to whatever lengths to assure their safety and quality of life.  We will work 3 jobs, forego any personal pleasure, sacrifice our personal dignity and release our hold on any other precious thing we have in our lives to assure our loved ones are cared for.

All of us who have parented would never hesitate to lay their lives down on the daily for their kids.  Now, imagine being the almighty master and creator of the universe. You provide a paradise to inhabit, every form of food and comfort to sustain.  You are watchful and engaged in the life of your chosen, but they still think they can do better on their own. 

You know they have to be allowed to make choices, even bad ones, if they are to ever love and feel loved. So, as you watch them turn their lives to a chaotic mess of fear and pain, you only have one thing left to give–yourself. So even as you begin that process, you know that many will refuse to accept the love being offered.  Even though that love comes at an enormous personal sacrifice. 

Still, because you love your chosen, you give up all that is precious for the chance that some will choose to accept the love and gift that you are providing.  When they do, you can restore the relationship destroyed by a world corrupted so deeply that it will never desire or even be able to right itself.  

Still, it is worth it for the few that look beyond their personal needs and desires and accept the gift that brings peace and restoration for now and for eternity.  John 3:16 is so simple to read, but it is also so profound in its depth of heartfelt love.  As a parent, and a grandparent, it seems impossible to miss the reason for our Savior and our faith.

God Bless You


 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[g]

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.