John – The Beloved Disciple

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John 13:21-25; John 1:1-18; Isaish 53:4-10; Revelation 1:10-19; and II Corinthians 5:21

Today’s Easter message came from John 13:21-25 and the description of the Last Supper. When Jesus said someone betray Him, John asked, “Lord, who is it?” Pastor Steve pointed out that John referred to himself as the disciple “whom Jesus loved.” John was close to Jesus and in chapter 1 gave a powerful description of Christ as the light of the world, who was there at the beginning with God.

In addition, John wrote his gospel after the resurrection, when the disciples had a better view of the awesomeness of what had transpired. Steve said verse 14 is awesome in its description of Christ becoming flesh and dwelling among us. While no one has ever seen God, Jesus made Him known.

“This is the part of ‘Taste and see that God is good,’” Steve said. “What would come to God to come to earth and dwell among us? I used to hear, ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so,’ but it comes white noise.” The incredible thing, he added, is “that He does that while we were still sinners.”

John wrote because he wanted everyone know about Jesus’ earthly ministry. John the Baptist called Him “the lamb of God;” what a lamb represented in Jewish culture meant He was destined to die. Turning to Isaiah 53:4-12, which prophesied of His coming, Steve said this passage shows how we are in rebellion against God, as humans have been ever since Adam. That fact is demonstrated by the fact no parent has to teach their child to say “no”—it comes to them naturally.

The way God resolved our sin problem was to scoop it up and lay it on Jesus. As verse 10 says, it was God’s will to crush His Son. That is followed by some of the best news ever in verse 11, which says by the righteous one all will be made righteous. Church isn’t about being good people, Steve said. It’s about being rescued from our sin.

In conclusion, he turned to Revelation 1:10-18, where John had his vision of Jesus and fell at his feet in worship. Seeing the reality of who Christ is will change you.

“I’ve often asked why we would come to church if this isn’t real,” Steve said. “Do you know Jesus is real or an American Jesus? Jesus is real across the world and I worry we have a caricature of (Him). The longer I serve Jesus, the more I crave to know Him. . . . If Jesus walked through these doors, we’d all fall down.”