NEW BEGINNINGS IN THE BOOK OF JOHN
Gospel of John
Life Christian University
January 12, 2014
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The Suffering and Crucifixion 10
XI. The Resurrection and Jesus’ Last Days on Earth 11
NEW BEGINNINGS IN THE BOOK OF JOHN
John states in chapter 20 verse 31 that his purpose for writing his epistle is, “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” While reading through the book of John, I was struck by all the accounts of new beginnings that happened through believing in Jesus. In my paper I will show some of these and I pray that this will show how Jesus is reaching out to all people wanting to desperately give everyone a new beginning.
I. BEGINNINGS – WORLD TO JESUS
The first chapter of John begins by saying, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.”
Although Jesus, the Word, has no beginning and no end; He has been, is and will always be; He gave a new beginning to everything since the first Word was spoken over the earth. The earth was void and without form, when the Word was spoken over it the earth transformed into something that could sustain life, a new beginning.
In verse 12 it says, “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” When we believe in Him, we become new. As children of God we no longer have an earthly nature but we are transformed into a new creation.
Verse 14 says that He became flesh. Even Jesus had a new beginning in a flesh suit. He is all knowing and I think he knew what would happen while He was here living among us, however since He had never been human before, that we know of, each experience He had as a man was new for Him. Since He experienced all the disappointments and hardships that go along with being human, He is able to identify with us in everything we go through. Even at the time when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, He began a new phase of his time on earth. Until He was baptized with the Holy Spirit He was not fully ready to continue His ministry while among us.
Verse 35 begins the time when Jesus calls His disciples. For each of them, no matter what they left behind, this was the beginning of an entirely new experience. Some came to Him, some were asked by other disciples and others Jesus invited personally. But all were asked to follow Him. They all responded by leaving their former life and all they were familiar with to experience many new beginnings.
II. FIRST MIRACLE AND JESUS’ PASSION
Chapter two begins by showing us how Jesus enjoyed being among people. He and His disciples were at a wedding. Even though it was not officially time for Him to begin His ministry, His mother pressed Him into helping a couple avoid the...