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3 Fences to avoid Jealousy in Ministry - Audio
It is possible that John intentionally moved north to avoid being “right on top” of Jesus.
The editorial note in vs. 24 assumes that the reader is familiar with the story of John the baptist and particularly that they may have read the synoptics.
It is almost certain given the lack of explanation that Jesus is baptizing for the repentance and forgiveness of sins just like John was.
Purification in vs. 25 is likely a question about baptism and given the context the question likely had something to do with why there were two parties baptizing. We have already seen the Pharisees question John’s authority before… “now everybody thinks they can do it,” they might have thought.
There is some emphasis in the use of “Rabbi” to refer to John. It would be perfectly natural for them to call him that, but in this Gospel we should see that this is used in 1:38, 1:49, and 3:2 with great respect toward Jesus. It is a tell that these disciples are clinging to John and not fully embracing Jesus. This is also seen in that they do not use Jesus’ name.
Vs. 27 emphasizes that “God is doing this.” It is this verse that ties this text most closely to the one before under the theme of Divine sovereignty. (See 3:8 and 3:21)
Vs. 28-30 emphasize that John agrees with (and takes joy in) what God is doing because he has a right understanding of who he is in comparison to Jesus.
In the illustration of the bridegroom and the friend, the people are the bride. This is both telling of John’s understanding of who Jesus was and of his role. He knew that God had come to care for his people, and his job was to prepare them for Jesus and point them to Jesus.
Ressurection Sunday by Brian Dye - Audio
Jesus is Alive! Thomas believes when he sees and touches the resurrected Jesus.
Your Most Despirate Need - Audio
Jesus REVEALS humanity's need for spiritual life. It is not enough for us to "do" better or be "better" people. Our sin problem runs much deeper than our behavior. Jesus indicates that our spirits are dead until the Holy Spirit awakens us causing us to be born again. As much as we would like to be able to control this to awaken ourselves and others, Jesus says that the Holy Spirit is as free and mysterious as the wind which cannot be told by man when or where to blow. However, like the wind, the signs of the Spirit's work are visible. Belief in Jesus Christ is the vital sign that proves the Spirit has brought spiritual life.
A Charge To Reverance & Righteousness - Audio
After performing the Miracle at the wedding in Cana where Jesus
turned water into wine, He moves on to a more public setting an
perform’s an astonishing act of righteous anger. Jesus arrives at
the temple of Jerusalem on the day of Passover and see's the
business being performed at the temple as flagrant disrespect to
His Father’s house. Jesus REVEALS to everyone around that the
Jewish leaders were making a mockery of God's house of
worship by being more concerned with making money than
revering the temple and the time worship itself. Jesus flips over
tables of the money changers and causes the merchants and
their animals to flee. When He is confronted by the Jewish
Leaders on his authority to do such things He gives them a
glimpse into the future by predicting His death and resurrection
in vs. 19. Jesus shows us that we should have great zeal and
reverence for the temple building and our bodies as the temple.
Testimony By The Works - Audio
After John and the first disciples' testimony of belief in Jesus, John 2 gives us the first snapshots of this rising Messiah. This account REVEALS that Jesus was available, authoritative, and able. In demonstrating these traits, particularly His supernatural ability to transform what is common into something special and delightful, Jesus REVEALS His glory to His disciples. Then as now, a glimpse of Jesus' glory built up their faith that Jesus was sent from God.
Come and See - Audio
Ever since John the Baptist made the first declaration that Jesus is the Messiah, men and women have had to wrestle with whether this claim is true or not. First century Judaism had several false "messiahs" claim the title as a political attempt to raise a rebellion to overthrow Rome. With false hopes lurking in the streets, could people dare to trust this message about Jesus? Even if they did believe Him to be the Messiah... what would that entail? In our text today, we see an invitation loaded with promise- "Come, and you will see." Coming implies drawing near. This is the first step in obtaining clarity about Jesus' identity. He may not be truly known from afar any more than you or I. If we are to know Christ, we must COME to Him. Only then will we be able to SEE because His light REVEALS what we could not comprehend while in the darkness. We must remember that this is only possible because God saw us first and came to us first so that we might come to Him and see.
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