John 11:1-54 – Resurrection and Life

In Jesus’ final sign, recorded in John 11:1-54, he raised his friend Lazarus from the dead. As a sign, it was not to be a regular occurrence but an extraordinary event that pointed to Jesus as the only source of life from the dead and of eternal life. In the face of death, Jesus expressed anger and sadness even as he exercised dominance. Jesus’ mastery over death should interest all who lose loved ones or who will themselves eventually die. (sermon notes)

John 11:1-54 – Resurrection and Life2020-02-16T16:17:24-05:00

John 10:22-42 – One with the Father

In Jesus’ final public teaching in the Gospel of John (10:22-42), the people of Jerusalem tried to pin him down. They wanted him to declare openly who he was. In keeping with his indirect public style, Jesus pointed them to his words and works. He also boldly declared, “I and the Father are one.” This statement sent them looking for rocks to stone him, since they thought he was a man who made himself out to be God. They grasped that he claimed identity with God, but they got things exactly backwards. (sermon notes)

John 10:22-42 – One with the Father2020-02-09T14:44:45-05:00

John 10:1-21 – The Good Shepherd

After the shepherds of Israel mistreated and kicked out the man born blind in chapter 9, Jesus announced in John 10:1-21 that he is the Good Shepherd. While false shepherds sacrificed the sheep for their own benefit, the Good Shepherd laid down his life for the sheep. The question for us is if we know his voice and follow him. (sermon notes)

John 10:1-21 – The Good Shepherd2020-02-02T16:26:20-05:00

John 9:1-41 – Now I See

From Old Testament times, the Jewish people knew that only God and his Messiah could open the eyes of the blind. However, over their long history, it had never happened. Therefore, when Jesus healed the eyes of a man born blind in John 9:1-41, he caused quite a stir. Some rejected the miracle as spurious, but the healed man held firm to what he knew to be true: “I was blind, and now I see.” This is the same testimony of the simplest Christian whose spiritual eyes Jesus has opened to the truth. (sermon notes)

John 9:1-41 – Now I See2020-01-26T14:29:53-05:00

John 8:30-59 – Who’s your father?

A constant problem for the reputation of the church is the presence of persons who claim to be believers but deny the faith with their lives. This problem is not new. In fact, in John 8:30-59, Jesus had an extended argument with some who had believed in him but ended up wanting to kill him. Their lives showed that God was not their father, no matter what they said. Ever since then, there have been many so-called Christians who follow their own wills rather than Jesus’ words. Let’s make sure we are not among their number. (sermon notes)

John 8:30-59 – Who’s your father?2020-01-19T15:21:34-05:00

John 8:12-30 – The Light of the World

The feast was over. The water and light show has dazzled the crowds. Jesus had offered living water to quench our thirst and added in John 8:12-30 that he is the light of the world. However, his hearers missed the message by challenging his procedure. In response, Jesus directed them back to himself as the “I am” and the one lifted up on the cross to die for the sins of all who believe in him. (full sermon notes)

John 8:12-30 – The Light of the World2020-01-12T15:27:14-05:00

John 7:32-52 – Now that’s ironic

Irony occurs when a situation turns out to be the opposite of what is expected. Dramatic irony is when the author and the audience know that the situation is opposite of what the actors think it is. The Gospel of John, especially John 7:32-52, is dripping with irony. However, John used his irony not to amuse but to instruct us about who Jesus is and what he did. (full sermon notes)

John 7:32-52 – Now that’s ironic2020-01-05T14:43:19-05:00

John 7:1-31 – What time is it?

As we approach the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, we learn from John 7:1-31 how Jesus approached time and timing. He always ordered his life according to God’s timing. We too have our time, and we all have the same amount of it. The question is how we are going to use it. (full sermon notes)

John 7:1-31 – What time is it?2019-12-29T14:10:00-05:00

John 6:41-71 – To whom will we go?

After becoming popular and attracting many followers, Jesus taught about what we call the Incarnation, the Son of God becoming human flesh. The Incarnation made it possible for people to have eternal life. Instead of being overjoyed at this news, many so-called followers turned away from Jesus in John 6:41-71. After asking the his original followers if they also wanted to leave him, Peter responded with a question that can serve as a lifeline to us when we find it difficult to believe. (full sermon notes)

John 6:41-71 – To whom will we go?2020-01-05T15:40:32-05:00

John 6:1-40 – The Bread of Life

Just like us, the people of Jesus’ day spent much of their time laboring for things that perish. Just like us, they often found themselves not satisfied. In John 6:1-40, we read about two of Jesus’ most well-known miracles, feeding the 5000 and walking on water. Because the people missed the meaning of the miracles, Jesus followed them up with instruction about bread that truly satisfies and gives life. As it turns out, there is only one thing that we can do to have this bread of life. (full sermon notes)

John 6:1-40 – The Bread of Life2019-12-15T18:29:38-05:00