John: The Resurrection and The Life (11:1-45)

Will you trust Jesus even when things aren’t looking so good?

John 11:4 “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

In all our difficult circumstances, remember 3 things:

1) This does not end in death.

2) This will be for the glory of God.

3) This is an opportunity to make Jesus known.

John: Jesus and the Man Born Blind (9:1-41)

When Jesus opens our spiritual eyes, we need to keep them wide open.

The Pharisees opposed Jesus, trying to:
1 Discredit the Miracle
2 Discredit the Man
3 Discredit the Method

Three Messianic Signs:
1 Heal someone with leprosy
2 Cast out a “mute-demon”
3 Heal a person born blind

What does it look like to live with our spiritual eyes open?
We see those around us.
We step into their need.
We share Jesus with them.
We sing (worship) with our lives.

Are your living life with your spiritual eyes wide open?

John: The Light of the world (7:53-8:59)

John 8

Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?  Job 38:12-13

3 Belief Lessons Taught by Jesus

#1 Change from What Jesus is to Who Jesus is!

 Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be…

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, If you hold on to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

#2: Trade your Status in for Relationship

He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.

My Identity in Christ: Because of Christ’s redemption, I am a new creation of great worth. I am deeply loved completely forgiven, fully pleasing, totally accepted by God and absolutely complete in Christ.

#3: Check Who gets the Glory

John: The Living Water (7:1-52)

Isaiah 55:1, Isaiah 12:3: Come to the water all who are thirsty…with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation!

Our souls are thirsty, and Jesus is the source of living water.

Zechariah 14:8 On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea…

Jesus will give living water to anyone who believes and comes to him.

Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced…

The Holy Spirit is the living water Jesus will pour out on us.

Why is it you are thirsty this morning? What do you need from the Holy Spirit?

John: The Bread of Life (6:1-71)

Mark 6:51-52 they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

Matthew 14:32-33 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Foreshadowing in the Old Testament was pointing to something or someone greater yet to come.

What are we missing out on because we are focused on earthly things instead of the spiritual?

Jesus’ hard words distinguish those who genuinely seek him from those who merely seek his blessings.

John: The Son of God (5:1-47)

“…waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the water: whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had.”

John 5:18 ” This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. “

Jesus identifies himself as the Son of God.

Six things that bear witness:
Jesus himself (vs.31) John the Baptist (vs. 32-35) The Miracles (vs. 36) God the Father (vs. 37-38) The scriptures (vs. 39-40) Moses (vs.45-47)

Who are the hard-hearted and closed-minded people you know that need to know Jesus?

Portico Church in Oshkosh, WI