John’s Message

by Guest blogger on March 24, 2011 · 5 comments

My sweet friend, Stephanie, from The Candid Pastor’s Wife (a break-the-mold wife to a pastor at a church plant in Austin, Texas, who loves to write about marriage, mission, and beauty outside of culture), has so graciously agreed to walk us through the Gospel of John on Fridays in the month of March, as we make our way from our celebration of Christ birth a few months ago to our celebration of His resurrection in just a few weeks.

Thank you, Stephanie! You’ve done a WONDERFUL job and today’s no exception! Thank you for speaking the truth in love each of these Fridays… You have been a blessing to all of us! ♥ May God be glorified through the sharing  of these life-giving words!

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The book of John can be summed up in a singular message:

You can know God by knowing Jesus.

In fact, if you do not trust that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are powerful enough to save you from your sinful nature, you are 100% separated from God. You do not know Him unless you know Jesus.

I want to state plainly that “all paths” do not lead to God.

Jesus said it Himself:

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6, NIV)

And it’s OK that Jesus is the only way! I must insist, dear friends, that it is not intolerant to believe that only one cause has the effect of salvation. On the contrary, I believe Christianity is the most tolerant of all religions. When you place your soul-trust in the hands of Christ, you are immediately part of the kingdom of God, and you can never, ever, ever, EVER be removed!

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:25, NIV)

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:27-28, NIV)

It was so refreshing to read through John this month – John’s humility and love and admiration for Christ are just the perspective I’ve needed lately. Mutliple times, he makes it clear why he is writing:

these are 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 20:31, NIV)

So what about you? Why are you writing? Why are you reading? What is your purpose at work today? At home? Who is your everything?

I pray that it is Christ and his mission. I pray that for myself – that I would be so in awe that He would bust through the seams of my life. That I would not just be a friendly face, but I would be clearly in love with Jesus.

Thanks, Michelle and friends, for letting me be a part of your journey this month.

For your own cup of refreshment today, read John 10.

{ 5 comments }

SomeGirl

Thank you, Stephanie! You’ve been such a blessing to me as you’ve walked us through the Gospel of John this month! And what great job you’ve done in laying out the good news and the central message of John in this post!

aplaceforthoughts

I wish you could walk me through a reading everyday. Thank you, Stephanie!

Stephanie, The Candid Pastor's Wife

Aw thanks, that is SO SO sweet! The Spirit says what He wants to say, doesn’t he!?

Heather @ CSAHM

Love this post, I actually went through John this month too and it’s really such a nice refresher, and also encouraging book to read. I just love how much God desires to be united with us, and how Jesus truly brings that unity to us, not only to God but also with out brothers and sisters in Christ. :)

Stephanie, The Candid Pastor's Wife

Amen.

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