Sermons on John

Sermons on John

Follow Me (John 21:18-25)

Jesus tells Peter how he will die. Peter then wants to know how John will die. Jesus’ answer is very thought provoking and challenging. We want to know the future Like Peter, we all want to know the future. We can set our focus on what tomorrow holds. However, Jesus instructs us in Matthew 6 to not worry about tomorrow. Our focus is to be on following Jesus today. We want hidden knowledge We all like to know things that…

Peter’s Restoration (John 21:15-18)

Jesus now focuses on restoring Peter. It is absolutely remarkable how thorough Jesus is in establishing Peter’s repentance and bringing about his full restoration. Peter’s pride Jesus has tremendous insight into Peter’s sin. While we would naturally assume that Peter’s sin was denying Christ, Jesus knows that his sin runs far deeper than that. Peter’s sin is pride. He has confronted Jesus for saying things that he did not think would happen. He has boasted that he would die for…

No Longer a Fisherman (John 21:1-14)

The disciples have still not figured out what to do with the fact that Jesus has risen again from the dead. Return to fishing When Jesus first called the disciples, they left their family business of fishing. They literally left everything behind to follow Jesus. Now that Jesus has risen again, they go back to fishing. It is as if the magnitude and implications of the resurrection have not affected them at all. A familiar miracle The disciples have seen…

Condemnation and Forgiveness (John 20:19-23)

Jesus meets with the disciples after His resurrection. Joy and Peace When Jesus came into the room and they were assured of His resurrection the disciples were filled with joy. Jesus greeted them with the standard Jewish greeting of the time, an extension of peace. When we believe in Jesus’ resurrection our lives are filled with joy and peace. Sent out with the Gospel in the power of the Spirit Just as Jesus was sent into the world to save…

The First Witnesses (John 20:11-20)

After Peter and John leave Mary lingers at the tomb overcome with grief. Many people have sought a supernatural explanation for a lot of what goes on in this passage. It has been speculated that there was some spiritual blindness that kept Mary from recognizing Jesus and the angels and that Jesus had some ethereal body that Mary could not touch. However, this is probably not the case. Tremendous grief Mary was overcome with grief at the death of Christ.…

The Resurrection (John 20:1-10)

After observing the Sabbath, Jesus’ friends now come to the tomb to grieve. The women find the stone rolled away and run back to tell the disciples. James and John run to the tomb to see what is going on. John uses this narrative to encourage people to believe in Jesus as the Messiah. A huge mistake From a human perspective John makes a huge mistake. The first witnesses to the resurrection are women. Not only that, but the woman…

Do You Believe? (John 19:31-37)

If Jesus has finished the work of our salvation then all we must do is believe in Him. This is the whole point of John’s Gospel. He wants us to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. John’s family connections Jesus and John are first cousins; their mothers are sisters. John also takes Mary into his home and cares for her for the last years of her life. John has had a first row seat to Jesus’…

It Is Finished (John 19:25-30)

Jesus’ last words on the cross give us one of the most clear understandings of God’s interaction with man. “It is finished” summarizes the whole of the Bible and shows us how man is made right with God. The Old Covenant From the beginning of time God had an arrangement with man: keep His Law and receive blessings and life; break His Law and receive cursings and death. This covenant was codified on Mt. Sinai and is commonly referred to…

God Keeps His Promises (John 19:17-42)

Throughout our lives we can be plagued with fears and doubts. Does God love me? Will He come through in time? In this passage of Scripture we find many things that will boost our faith. Every tongue confesses Jesus God has promised that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. Here we can see the beginning of this fulfillment. Not only does Pilate identify Jesus as King, but he writes it in multiple languages…

Sin Leads to More Sin (John 19:1-16)

Pilate commits injustice Even though Jesus has been declared without fault, Pilate still commands that He be beaten. Jesus is mocked, beaten, and tortured after being declared innocent! Pilate then offers Jesus to the Jews for them to kill Him. The amount of injustice Pilate commits is staggering. Jesus is declared King and Son of God Even in Jesus’ mocking and beatings one thing is never in question, His true identity. No Jew or Roman ever truly questions whether Jesus…

Amazing Grace (John 18:38-40)

Jesus’ trial now comes to a conclusion. Jesus is declared innocent This trial is truly remarkable. First, Jesus was never formally charged. No crime or wrongdoing was ever alleged. This was simply a “witch hunt” hoping to find something for which they could declare Him guilty. Secondly, after at least four trials (Annas, Ciaphas, Pilate, and Herod) Jesus is declared to be entirely innocent and without fault. This is remarkable. Even with paid false witnesses, Jewish law, Roman law, and…

King of Truth (John 18:28-38)

Jesus is now brought before Pilate. The Pharisees and Pilate do not care about the truth In Jesus’ trials one thing becomes increasingly clear. The Pharisees do not care what is true and neither does Pilate. They are both far more concerned with maintaining power and position than they are with what is true. Throughout Jesus’ trials no one even tries to find out the truth. The Pharisees refuse to even listen to Jesus, and Pilate does not even care…