John, along with the authors of the other gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), wrote to give an understanding of who Jesus is.
To Think About:
- Jesus is a teacher. Read John 7:14-17. How might the location of Jesus’ teaching affect what he taught? In what ways did Jesus adapt his teaching style to different audiences?
- Describe how Jesus’ teachings differ from those of other teachers you’ve had.
- Jesus is a king. Read John 20:11-16. Have you visited the gravesites of any famous people? If so, what thoughts did you have as you stood there? If not, is there a gravesite you’d like to see? The notoriety of the famous can continue after they have died, but what are some aspects of their life or influence that cannot continue?
- What parts of our society are still impacted by Jesus’ life? What is impacted because his tomb was found empty?
To Live Out:
The story of God and humanity includes God becoming part of humanity. John wrote, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). God did not want to be something distant but someone close. To continue to reach people, he can use you, a part of his body (1 Cor. 12:27), to be close to others. You can be their friend and even help lead them. You can be a way they start to see Jesus.
To Pray About:
- See your life as a classroom and ask Jesus to teach you what you need to learn for today.
- Thank God that he has authority over one more part of your life and name that part to him. As the day continues, be mindful of how he might be helping you to move control from yourself to him.