12/24/2004 4:24 AM
Title: SO YOU MAY BELIEVE
S: “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples,
which are not recorded in this book. But these were written that you may
believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you
may have life in his name.” John 20: 30-31
O: It would be fascinating to hear some of the other stories. Matthew and
Mark are so similar that many scholars believe they were written from the
same source. Luke comes in with some differences, but follows many – most –
of the same stories. John comes in with some differences, but still the
vast majority are leading us the same direction. Wouldn’t it be cool to
know many more of the things that Jesus did while on the earth.
John says that he’s writing with a purpose and this purpose is clearly not
to tell about the historical Jesus. The book of John wasn’t there being
told by an old man remembering his stories for mere entertainment. Rather,
John tells the story of Jesus with one purpose – that his readers (you and
I) – might clearly understand and believe in Jesus as the Christ – the
Messiah. He wants us to not only believe, but also accept and be changed by
that belief. And John wants us to have life – eternal life.
A: For me, from a logical sense, parts of John are confusing. Jesus speaks
so often in figurative language that if I wanted to look at this from a
logical part of the story, you can see at times why the Pharisees may have
rejected Jesus. But then I know it’s not the whole story and at other times
he’s very clear. I believe John leads us to the Messiah, the Christ. I
believe he’s got one of the best books out there that truly proclaim the
truth of the Christ.
I believe Jesus is the Christ. I believe He was the promised Messiah. In
the end, I see it clearly and wonder why the Pharisees didn’t see it.
I suppose that application for me is, am I as clear as to why I’m preaching
each and every week? Do I have as my stated purpose for preaching: I could
have said many more things, but my goal is that you believe that Jesus is
the Christ, the Son of God? That should be my ultimate goal – my stated
goal – what I strive for each and every week.
P: Lord, I ask you into my heart. I pray you will make it clear each week
that I show Jesus. I pray that my goal will never be to get people to join
my church, to give money, to get involved at church, but my goal each week
that I preach will be to show Jesus clearly.
I ask you into my heart. I want to be like Jesus, Lord. I pray for a
changed heart. I submit myself to you and I want to follow you in all that
I do. Please come in and make me a man like you. I love you, but I want to
follow you ever more closely. Please come into my life.