John 13 the Last Supper
John 14-17 Jesus prepares Himself and His Disciples for ‘His Time’ (Crucifixion)
C. Wess Daniels writes “The timing of all of this is of some importance. In John 19 we are told that Jesus dies on the sixth day, the day of preparation just before the Sabbath. And When Jesus died he said “it is finished.”
Genesis 1:1-2 God created the heavens and the earth out of Darkness.
God is a Dreamer
He sat looking at darkness and had a dream.
Before God dreamed of the Church, He dreamed of a Family
Genesis 1:31; 2:1 After Six Days, God Had Finished the Work of His Dream
Jesus and Family
Even while on the Cross, John 19:27, He makes arrangements for his Mother
After his Resurrection in John 20:17 Calls Disciples “brothers”
Jesus Demonstrates, through His Birth, Life, Death and Resurrection that Family Matters (Core Value)
Many would rather live in sin, than be rejected by so called “Christians”
But So Many Continue to Live in Darkness, Wrapped in Grave Clothes
John1, Like Genesis 1, Tells of the beginning.
John 20 Begins in Darkness, Just as in the Beginning
Isaiah 25:8-9 He will swallow up death forever!
The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears.
He will remove forever all insults and mockery
against his land and people.
The LORD has spoken!
9 In that day the people will proclaim,
“This is our God!
We trusted in him, and he saved us!
This is the LORD, in whom we trusted.
Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!
Apostle Paul would echo
I Corinthians 15:54-56
“Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?l”
56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.
57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 20:1 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.
John 8:12 "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
The Garden Tomb was Empty!
John 20:11 Mary lingers at the grave
one poet would write of Mary “last at the cross, earliest to the grave”
When He Calls our Name We can’t Help But Recognize Him
John 20:30-31 the Dream is Restored
30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book.
31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.