This is the beginning of this set of notes on John. I will add more notes.
“The Light shines in the dark, and the dark has never extinguished it” (John 1:5).
Jesus is the Light of the world. We are to be like John, who said, “Make the way for the Lord straight” (John 1:23). Like John, we are to say, “Look! This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). When we are faithful, we will see others being brought to the Saviour. At the beginning of their faith, they will be filled with the joy of the Lord. Like Jesus, we must teach them that there is greater joy, still to come: “You will see the sky open and God’s angels going up and coming down to the Son of Man” (John 1:51).
There’s a contrast between the two parts of John 2 – the joy of water being turned into wine (John 2:1-12), the seriousness of the money changers being thrown out of the temple courtyard (John 2:13-17). We need both – joy and seriousness; the joy that comes from knowing Jesus, the seriousness of commitment to following Jesus. The rebuilding of our lives comes from the resurrection of Jesus (John 2:18-22). This rebuilding comes to us when we seek to know the reality of the Lord in our lives. This reality comes to us when we seek to be real with God (John 2:23-25).
God’s love sent God’s Son (John 3:16). God’s power brings the new birth (John 3:6-8). God’s love and power flow through those who, like John the Baptist, give first place to Jesus – “He must increase in importance, while I must decrease in importance” (John 3:30).
“We have heard Him ourselves” (John 4:42). Conversion comes when we hear more than the voice of the messenger. We hear the voice of the Lord. This is real conversion. This is the new birth that comes from above.
“It was the same time… ” (John 4:53) – ‘That moment, from Jesus, a pardon receives”: God doesn’t wait for us to prove ourselves before He rewards us with His salvation. He gives His salvation to us when we put our trust in His Son, our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is salvation by grace through faith