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John, the Gospel

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Introduction
There is one fear that all of have experienced or will experience and that is the fear of death.
There are 1000’s of ways to die.
But there are really just four ways you can die.
Oxygen starvation.
High temperature.
Chemical Toxins.
Physical Damage.
If you can’t breath, you die.
If you get too hot, you die.
If you get poisoned, you die.
If you are body breaks, you die.
We are going to see that the disciples were afraid of dying.
Three words I want you to listen for: fear, peace, and blessed.
John 20:19-31
John 20:19–31 CSB
When it was evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were gathered together with the doors locked because they feared the Jews. Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” Having said this, he showed them his hands and his side. So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you. As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” After saying this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” But Thomas (called “Twin”), one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples were telling him, “We’ve seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “If I don’t see the mark of the nails in his hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe.” A week later his disciples were indoors again, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Don’t be faithless, but believe.” Thomas responded to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Let’s Pray
John 20:19
John 20:19 CSB
When it was evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were gathered together with the doors locked because they feared the Jews. Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
The disciples feared the Jews.
This fear is defined like this in the Louw Nida Greek-English Lexicon:
Fear: a state of severe distress, aroused by intense concern for impending pain, danger, evil, etc., or possibly by the illusion of such circumstances—‘fear.’
Johannes P. Louw and Eugene Albert Nida, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains (New York: United Bible Societies, 1996), 315.
The Jews had just arrested Jesus in the middle of the night with a bunch of soldiers.
Jesus was then beaten, flogged, hung on a cross, and stabbed in his side.
If this could happen to their leader - then what could happen to them?
They were still in Jerusalem.
So they were in fear - extreme fear for their life.
So they locked their doors.
But doors don’t matter to the Risen Jesus - Jesus stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
Peace, tranquility, Hakuna Matata - no worries, I am here
John 20:20-23
John 20:20–23 CSB
Having said this, he showed them his hands and his side. So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you. As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” After saying this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
“As the Father has sent me, I also send you.”
This is a big commission for the disciple - Jesus was passing the baton to the disciples for the next stage of his ministry.
So what was Jesus’ ministry? Why was He sent by God to earth?
Jesus’ Mission
Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost.
Jesus came to preach.
Jesus came to heal the sick.
Jesus came to make disciples.
We are called to do these things also
We are to seek and save the lost, preach, heal, and make disciples.
What does that look like?
When was the last time that you were intentional about seeking out someone that was lost?
Someone that will not be with us in heaven if they don’t follow Jesus?
If 9/10 people are lost in Colorado, when was the last time you were intentional about finding someone to share your faith with.
We are called to preach.
What kind of disciples are you making?
When was the last time you shared your faith?
Is your Christian walk something that you would want replicated?
When was the last time you shared the Romans Road? Or the Three Circles? Or the Four Spiritual Laws?
Would you want to teach someone how to pray, read their Bible, spend time with God?
Jesus came to heal the sick.
9/10 people in Colorado are sick.
They have a heart made of stone.
They need a heart transplant.
Will you heal the sick?
As disciples, we are called to make disciples.
What kind of disciples are you making?
Is your Christian walk something that you would want replicated?
Would you want to teach someone how to pray, read their Bible, spend time with God?
John 20:24-25
John 20:24–25 CSB
But Thomas (called “Twin”), one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples were telling him, “We’ve seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “If I don’t see the mark of the nails in his hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
We love our signs!
Jesus show us your scars.
Prove that you are real.
How many of us have prayed for signs?
How many of us prayed for God to makes Himself real to you?
Thomas was the same way
He missed Jesus’ first appearance to the disciples - he wasn’t there.
He wasn’t going to take their word for it.
Thomas wanted to see for himself
John 20:
John 20:26–29 CSB
A week later his disciples were indoors again, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Don’t be faithless, but believe.” Thomas responded to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”
Again - the door is locked, and Jesus just appears in the room saying “Peace be with you.”
Recognize the greeting our Catholic brothers and sisters use? “Peace be with you, and also with you.”
The Catholic greeting right here in .
So after Jesus says, “Peace be with you” to the disciples - He jumps right in. - Thomas, “put your finger here and look at my hands. Put your hand in my side.”
It’s as if Jesus heard what Thomas had been saying!
It’s as if God actually listens to what we say!
We have a God that hears us. Amen?!?
Look at the blessing that Jesus gives to us.
A blessing that extends all the way to us today.
- “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”
We are blessed.
You are blessed.
I am blessed.
Sounds like Oprah. You get a blessing, I get a blessing, we get a blessing.
We are blessed because we believe and have never seen Jesus.
Be blessed today.
John 20:30-31
John 20:30–31 CSB
Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
John
John wrote his gospel for one reason - that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
This is why we have spent all this time in the Gospel of John.
My intent was to show you how go through the Gospel of John - chapter by chapter, verse by verse when you are walking along side someone. When you are discipling someone.
If you meet someone and you want to disciple them - use the Gospel of John.
Why start in John?
Because it was written so that people will believe.
Jesus performed may other signs that were not written in the book of John - but he did include 7 miracles.
7 Miracles of Jesus in John
Jesus turned water into wine.
Jesus healed the officials son.
Jesus healed the cripple at the pool.
Jesus feeds the 5000.
Jesus walks on water.
Jesus heals the blind man.
Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.
Jesus also shares the seven reasons that He is God in the Gospel of John - these are the seven “I AM” statements.
7 “I AM” Statements of Jesus
I AM the bread of life.
I AM the light of the world.
I AM the gate.
I AM the Good Shepherd.
I AM the resurrection and the life.
I AM the way, the truth, and the life.
I AM the vine.
https://gracethrufaith.com/topical-studies/spiritual-life/the-seven-i-am-statements-in-john/
Jack Kelly says it this way:
I AM the bread of life tells us that Jesus is the One who spiritually sustains us.
I AM the light of the world means we gain understanding and wisdom from Him.
I AM the gate means we have free and unlimited access to Him.
I AM the Good Shepherd means he lays down His life for us.
I AM the resurrection and life means that through His death and resurrection, we have eternal life.
I AM the way, the truth, and the life means that He is the only one that can save us.
I AM the vine means that our strength, our power, our life comes from Him alone.
So when someone asks you where should they start reading the Bible - point them to John.
Read it with them - Chapter by Chapter, Verse by Verse.
Share the miracles and what they mean.
Share the seven I AM statements.
Share Jesus. Use John to share Jesus.
Let’s Pray.
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