God, in His grace, has united us with Christ. We have been grafted into Jesus and have a new life, changing us into His likeness. But the truth is we need to remain in Him and in His love. As we hold to his teaching, obeying His command to love others, we will surely bear fruit to the glory of Father God.Text: John 15
Jesus promised the Rivers of Living Waters of the Holy Spirit to all who are thirsty. The Holy Spirit is just like Jesus – full of grace and truth. The Spirit of Grace has come to live in us – gentleness, kindness, patience are His fruits and the Spirit of Truth will lead us into all Truth. Text: John 7
Jesus tells his disciples that He is going to the Father as our advocate. He says that God’s Favour (grace) is upon them and Promises that they will be able to ask for anything in His name. They (and we) can pray with boldness and confidence free from guilt or condemnation. Jesus also Promises that the Father will send another Advocate (The Holy Spirit) who will live inside them and guide them in Truth. Jesus shows them that The Father’s Purpose for them is to carry on doing the works He began – preaching the Good News, making disciples and building His church. Text: John 14:12-17
Jesus, full of grace became a man to make a Way for us back to God, heaven and eternal life. He is the author if Life and can give us a new life. But the difficult Truth for some to accept is He claims to be the only Way. Text: John 14
Jesus shows the full extent of His love and grace. Greatness in His Kingdom is demonstrated through service and love. The truth is we all need Jesus to wash us clean. Text: John 13
John Chapter 12. Love’s response to grace and truth. The Word became flesh and made his home (pitched His tent or ‘tabernacle’) among us. In the old testament, only the priests got to see the glory inside the tabernacle – the colours, the fragrance and the glorious presence of God. John said he saw the glory of Jesus and He was full of grace and truth. Mary of Bethany saw the beauty and glory in Jesus and gladly poured out her precious perfume upon Him. Today, we can still offer acceptable offerings and pleasing worship to Jesus and to Father God. Our sacrifice may seem like waste to others who don’t see or understand the ‘pearl of great price’ but God notices all we do for Him.
John 11. I am the Resurrection and the Life. Jesus came in love and grace to save us from our sins and from the ultimate result of sin – Death. He claims that if we believe in Him we will never die. Yet again, Jesus backs up His extraordinary claim with an amazing miraculous ‘sign’ – raising to life a man that had been dead for four days!
John 10. I am the Good Shepherd. The people of Israel, like the people of Wales were familiar with sheep. Abraham, Moses, David were shepherds and God called them to be great leaders and to shepherd the flock of God’s people. But ultimately, no other leader could know us, care for us and die for us like The One True Good Shepherd, Jesus.
John 8. Grace for Sinners. The Woman caught in Adultery. The uniqueness of Christianity is GRACE. All other religions offer a way to earn approval but Grace says God loves you and accepts you “as is”. Grace and Truth embraces with full knowledge of sin, removes guilt and restores beauty.
Looking into the message of John’s gospel regarding Jesus and what it meant for him to come full of grace and truth. Grace comes first. Truth matters and and needs to be believed and put into action.