Please share your comments and thoughts on John’s gospel here:
John 6:35: Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.” Comment at Gloucester Outdoor Church: Bread is absorbant. Just like Jesus’ body on the corss absorbed sins. Bread is kneaded. Like Jesus’ body on the cross was kneaded, pummelled, for us.
John 10:30: “I and the Father are one.” Comment at Gloucester Outdoor Church: this shows the confident relationship that Jesus had in his Father: the confidence of a son and his father.
John 20:23 “If you forgive the sins of anyone, their sins are forgiven. If there is anyone whose sins you don’t forgive, their sins are not forgiven.” Comments at outdoor service: If we Christians don’t forgive people: who will?
John 20: the resurrection of Jesus: John 20: Mary Magdalene was expecting a dead body, so a live body must have been surprising / amazing. Resurrection is like moving to a new country, getting a new life, like the dawn.
John 3:8: “The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit / born again.” At Gloucester Outdoor Church, In answer to the question: “Would you like to be touched by the Spirit?” The answer came: “Depends what sort of touch! I wouldn’t want to get pregnant again!” (Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and became pregnant) :-). Also: “One person going to hell to save people would be the ultimate sacrifice.
John 2:13-17: Jesus made a whip from the cords and drove all the animals out of the temple; overturned the tables of the money changers . . . “Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” Comments from Gloucester outdoor church: People were supposed to contact God in the temple but couldn’t because of all these people with the wrong spirit who were there. They’d go there and meet the wrong sort of people: capitalists intent on buying and selling, not spiritual people.
For Jesus though, his actions were just one step too far: this led to his death because the Pharisees and religious leaders had given the sellers permission to be there, and now he’s gone against them.
Application: we’re the temple of God-if you point to your head we call it our “temple”-so how much “buying and selling”- how much greed- is there in our minds? What are we letting in?
John 15:1,5,6 “I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers …” At an outdoor service in Gloucester, one man remarked that he had 4 children – he had been fruitful – and that God had looked after them all, they had become good people. Another remarked that without God he felt “withered”.
John 15:5 “Apart from me you can do nothing”. We asked the street folks where they wanted to go for the picnic today. So they led us to the most beautiful spot in the city, which we’d never before discovered. Would never have found it without them. With God all things are possible. Does that mean God’s in the street folks 🙂 ? (rhetorical question)
John 3:1-17. Andrew (Gloucester, UK) comments: In the Greek, in verse 3, Jesus says Amen amen – literally truly truly. This is a catch phrase of Jesus. In verse 4, “can’t enter into his mother’s womb when old” – Jews of that time had no idea of sperm, but instead thought that very tiny people were injected into the mother from the father. Hence the comment about “not entering into mother’s womb again”. He can’t bring his father back from the dead to re-impregnate the mother. Verse 7 – Do not be surprised – the Greek verb also contains the ideas of wonder or amazement. In Greek the verb to be born starts with genn-, like Genesis, which means “created” – so birth connects with the idea of re-creation or new creation. In verse 16, the verb “punish” in the Greek has also the idea of destroy or drop clumsily.
In this whole passage, Jesus seems to have a Greek view of the world, where body and spirit are separate. This may have clashed with Nicodemus’ view of the world, where body, spirit, heart etc were seen as unified.
John 1: “In the beginning was the Word …” Gordon (Gloucester) comments: “Listen to the word, then the word becomes a work, then the work becomes a deed, an action.”
John 15:2: “No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.” Gordon (of Gloucester)’s comment: “Trees bear fruit, so we should bear fruit. Trees plant seeds that bear fruit – so should we. God gives us something that strikes us – so we give it to others. God will teach me something, and then I can give it to the congregation – so we can share it with others. Bear fruit … just like trees.”
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