John 1:35-3:21 #eebc2018

Well, there’s a lot to cover in this passage. That’s what comes of using a computer program to generate a reading plan: it may stretch it farther or make it lopsided. You might need to spread out some of the Friday readings.

This one moves from the public identification of Jesus by John through the calling of the first disciples and then to the first of the miracles identified by John as a “sign” of Jesus as the Messiah. Then we have the interaction of Nicodemus.

Let’s work quickly:

1. I find it interesting that you have public action, public action, public action, and then a private conversation with Nicodemus. This is something to watch in John: the balance between public and private actions in John. Note, for example, that the miracle is public though the actual disclosure of how it happened was not.

2. Jesus turning water into wine does not justify beverage alcohol. The cultural gap is bigger than that. That’s the type of discussion that needs to go elsewhere—Scripture, and therefore Jesus (since it’s His word!) is clear about drunkenness and foolishness stemming from alcohol. So put the bottle down. Be like Jesus by showing the fruit of the Spirit not by hitting the fruit of the vine.

3. Note that the first disciples rapidly bring others to Christ—the Gospel travels most rapidly down relational lines.

Further thoughts: John 2 and John 3 (and more John 3)

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