The Bible is said to address all the issues a person must consider in order to live a good and wholesome life. It teaches us about living with our Christian brothers and with non-Christians, dealing with anger, handling our money, creating a great marriage, and more. It is THE manual for life.
Best of all, the Bible teaches us about the triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. How can we keep our eyes on Jesus unless we know Him for exactly who He is? That’s just not possible without our becoming a bona-fide student of the Word.
The gospel of John is perhaps the best source we have for learning about Jesus up-close and personal. From the initial verses of this fourth gospel, the author identifies Jesus as God in the flesh, the very Word of the Father. He is the sacrificial Lamb, perfect and without blemish of any kind, who came to save the world from sin. We read with confidence the promise of the assurance of our salvation: “No one can snatch you out of the Father’s hand!” We learn that salvation is based on belief and not works, but that salvation involves not just believing, but receiving as well: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.”
John is emphatic about Jesus being the only way, and assures us again and again of both the Father’s and the Son’s amazing love for us. It’s from John’s book that we grab hold of the full meaning of love (agape in the Greek) and see that this love is a self-sacrificing, lay-your-life-down kind of love: “Greater love has no man than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
Where would we be if Jesus had not loved us so much that He laid down His life for us? Once we fully understand the magnitude of what He did, we can never be the same. As we study the gospel of John, we become immersed in the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit—we leave the milk and partake of the meat of the Word of God.
Word Within International has a new study on the book of John that begins September 6. Call (918) 492-0945 to register.
Behold the Lamb of God—The Gospel of John Part 1
Tuesday nights: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Asbury UMC Tulsa, Oklahoma
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