So last week I said that I wanted to spend the weeks leading up to Easter focused on joy, but by the end of the week, I had changed my mind.
I started thinking about Jesus.
I started thinking about how He came, how He lived, how He died, and how He was resurrected.
I started thinking about how this year I chose the word “saturated” to be what I focused on because I want to be saturated in Christ and His truth.
I realized that I don’t simply want to talk about joy, but I want to talk about the One who brings me joy.
I want to learn more about Him and who He is and why He came.
So instead of focusing on joy for the next 2 weeks like planned, I want to focus on Jesus.
I want to celebrate His life, His burial, and His resurrection.
I want to take a walk through the book of John. The book of John has 21 chapters, and I want to read through all 21 chapters again. I want to dive in deep into the book of John. It is probably my favorite of all the Gospels.
So here’s the plan:
We will read 2 chapters every day but the last and then we will read 3 chapters on that day.
We won’t take it verse by verse, but instead I want us to focus on 2 questions:
1) What does this reading reveal about who Jesus is?
2) What does this reading reveal about why Jesus came?
So the schedule will look like this:
Today: John 1 &2
Tomorrow: John 3 & 4
Wednesday: John 5 & 6
Thursday: John 7 & 8
Friday: John 9 & 10
Saturday & Sunday: Off
Monday: John 11 & 12
Tuesday: John 13 & 14
Wednesday: John 15 & 16
Thursday: John 17 & 18
Friday: John 19, 20, & 21
So are you ready to turn our eyes toward Jesus?
Let’s see what we can learn from the first 2 chapter of John.
Who do you say that Jesus is?
Jesus asked His disciples a similar question one time.
Each and every one of us would probably answer this question in a similar manner and yet all of our answers would probably differ slightly too.
Who is Jesus? Why did He come?
In John 1, it is written that Jesus is:
1) The Word (v1)
2) The Creator (v3 & v10)
3) Life (v4)
4) The Light (v4, v5, & v7-9)
5) Powerful (v12)
6) The Christ (v17)
7) The Lamb of God (v29 & v36)
8) The Son of God (v34)
9) The King of Israel (v49)
In John 1, we learn that Jesus came:
1) To be the Word (v1)
2) To give life (v4)
3) To be Light (v4-9)
4) To give believers the power to become children of God (v12)
5) To give grace & truth (v17)
6) To declare the Father (v18)
7) To take away the sins of the world (v29)
8) To baptize with the Holy Spirit (v33)
In the first chapter of the book of John, we didn’t have to dig deep to discover who Jesus is and why He came because the author made it very clear who he believed Jesus to be. He wrote these things out clearly and purposefully so that we would be able to see them.
In chapter 2, we have to dig a little deeper. The author shares the story of Jesus and the wedding feast and the story of Jesus clearing the Temple.
What do these stories reveal about who Jesus is?
1) Jesus is love.
He had said to His mother that it was not yet the time for Him to reveal Himself, but she told the servants to do follow His instructions anyway. He could have refused. After all, it wasn’t His time, but out of love for His mother, He turned water into wine.
2) Jesus is patient.
How many of us would have responded by doing what she asked especially after we had refused once? Most of us would have to admit that we probably wouldn’t have been very patient in this instance. I know that I probably would be like, “Excuse me! I just said that it isn’t my time!” But Jesus didn’t respond that way. He simply did as she requested.
3) Jesus is able to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Jesus took water and turned it into wine and not just any wine, but the best! Water is something we see and use every single day. It is something that most of us take for granted, but Jesus turned it into something extraordinary. He transformed it.
4) Jesus is zealous or passionate for the things of His Father.
Jesus became angry and zealous when He saw how the Temple had been turned into a marketplace instead of the place of worship it was created to be. He cleared the Temple yard.
What do these stories reveal about why Jesus came?
1) Jesus came to transform.
When Jesus turned the water into wine, He was revealing that He has the power to transform. He can transform you. He can transform me.
2) Jesus came to reveal what is in our hearts.
In the Temple, Jesus knew what was in the hearts of those people. He knew that they weren’t there to worship, but to earn profit at the expense of the people and the Lord. Verses 24 & 25 say, “But Jesus on His part did not entrust himself to them, because He knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.” (ESV)
Let’s make this Easter all about Jesus! If you have a post about Jesus or any comments on today’s readings, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below. I would love to read them.