Lessons from the Gospel According to John


By Don Ruhl


God dwelt among us. 

As I began reading the Gospel According to Joh, in the prologue, 1.1–18, John whetted my appetite with what he would reveal and he did not disappoint me. John said that he would show us the Creator (John 1.1–3).

John said that Jesus was our life, giving us light, but that people did not want the light (John 1.4, 5).

John produced many witnesses for the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth, starting with John the Baptizer (John 1.6–8).

John showed what happens when we receive Jesus (John 1.9–13).

John explained that Jesus was greater than the greatest of all men, John the Baptizer (John 1.14, 15).

To finish the introduction, John showed what Jesus brought with Him from heaven (John 1.16–18), bringing grace and truth. He also brought a full declaration of God the Father, so that we can say if the Father had come instead of Jesus, there would have been no difference in the way He would have lived and what He would have taught, “I and My Father are one” (John 10.30). “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14.9b). Whatever we want to know about God, Jesus revealed to us, because He came from the bosom of the Father.

The miracles declared Jesus the Creator. 

In John 20, John told us precisely why he wrote down the miraculous signs he did, “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are 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).

The miracles Jesus did, only the One in control of nature itself could perform.

He bypassed the natural winemaking process, turning water to wine.

He bypassed medicine, healing a fatally sick boy in absentia by speaking it so.

He bypassed surgery and therapy to command a paralyzed man to walk.

He bypassed fishing, farming, and baking to make more food.

He bypassed gravity and walked on water.

He bypassed cornea transplants to make a man see, using only spit and dirt.

He bypassed bodily decay to raise Lazarus from the dead by sheer command.

He bypassed a third party and raised Himself from the dead.

Jesus made people think spiritually. 

He wanted people to think of the spirit when they saw something in the flesh. They were preoccupied with earth, but He wanted them to be preoccupied with heaven, the spirit, and the things of God.

Jesus revealed the Father. 

He mentioned the Father about 100 times in the Gospel According to John. To Jesus, everything was about His Father, both obeying Him, and glorifying Him. Really, what else is there to life? If we do not obey and glorify the Father, we do not have life. Is your life wrapped up in obeying and glorifying the Father?

Jesus came to save people. 

He did not come to judge people, because in John 3.18, He said that people were judged already. That was why He needed to come and save them. Therefore, He did not nit-pick people to pieces; He did not engage in gossip; He did not form factions to oppose people with whom He disagreed. He focused on His hour, because His hour meant saving the world. He knew that by living and then dying, He would save the world.

Jesus served those who wronged Him. 

John 13 showed Jesus washing the feet of Judas, although Jesus knew what Judas would do in less than an hour. He served breakfast to Peter after he had denied the Lord three times.

What does the Holy Spirit teach you in the Gospel According to John? John 1 showed what you should do with what you learned, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1.12).

Do you want to receive Him, because you believe Him? You now have the right to become a child of God and you can be born of the water and the spirit through baptism. If you do not receive Him, you still live under judgment and you shall meet God in that condition.


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