John 4-6: By JC…. Not That JC.

How did I end up with so many huge stories in one day’s reading? Awesome. Here we go. My paragraphs will probably not weld nicely, but a plethora of random thoughts and a bunch of different categories. But the one consistent idea that will run through this blog is this: Jesus is faithful and the only way to get to him is to GO!

I was thinking while reading 4:14 when it says “but whoever drinks of the water I give them will never thirst” then why do we frequently say “I’ve lost the fire.” “My Passion Fire” is out and I want to get it back. But Jesus tells us when he drink his water, we will never thirst. SO really our thinking and our faith is only of this world. Once we have received Jesus, we should never be thirsty, because Jesus is enough. I began to think of how thirsty I am throughout my days and what ways will help me figure out my problem. Well it all comes down to us: our drinking of that water. And where we come to drink of that water is through scripture. worship, and prayer. It all comes down to us becoming lazy in our habits, our end of the relationship becoming a “bad friend”, and our inconsistency of this faith. But here is the good news that I remembered today: No matter how many times we become thirsty – GOD NEVER CEASES TO GIVE US A DRINK! He never fails to uphold his end of the relationship, and is always willing to fulfill. God is faithful.

This brings me to the verse in 5:6 “Do you want to get well?” God has given us the gift of free choice. Obviously when he asked the paralyzed man about getting well, anyone would have said “of course!”. But still, Jesus asked. Jesus never forces us to love him. He never creates a plan to trick us into following his way. Instead he makes himself so lovable, so contagious, so desirable, so Jesus that we can’t help but want to learn more about him. I can remember when I first met the real Jesus. And it came down to me not having a choice, I knew I had to drop what I was doing, the friends I had, the habits I was pursuing, and follow Jesus. I will say it again, JESUS IS GOOD! He doesn’t force, trick, play games, or put up a front. Instead he leads, influences, draws, and breathes us into him and his ways.  

Finally in 6:11 I came across a glimpse, a small glimpse of why Jesus is so cool and faithful. And why I want to follow him and do what he does. “Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.” Jesus gave thanks. Even when it was something as small as 5 loaves of bread and a few fish. He gave thanks to God. How many times during the day do I forget to thank God for the little things in life? This popcorn I’m eating, this roof over my head when it’s pouring, the laughs I had this afternoon, the ability to breath on my own. How many small things in my life have I not given to god today!? Jesus never forgot to give thanks. And yet when he thanked the Lord, he fulfills his promise and created an abundance out of something small. SO no matter how small something may seem to you today, God could use that as a huge impact in yours/someone’s life someday soon. GOD IS FAITHFUL! SO do your part in this relationship today – thank him for something small in your life and ask him to use it in a big way. Seriously, do it. Thank him!

God is cool, faithful, and good. This internship is a huge blessing for all of us – so give thanks! This was fun – MAKE SURE YOUR DOING YOUR PART IN THE RELATIONSHIP AND DO YOUR READING! IT WILL NOT HURT!

 

 — JC.

 

 

 

 

May 29, 2013…John 1-3…Herc Noblitt

John wrote this Gospel (Good News) of Jesus so that all people would come to believe in Jesus.  

It is all about Jesus, always has been and always will be.  He has always been around.  He created all things.  He is eternal.  He is the Light of the world.  Through Jesus we become children of God.  This eternal God, Jesus, became like one of us.  He came to show us and to teach us the TRUTH.  But He also came to extend amazing GRACE.  All of the Old Testament scriptures pointed towards Jesus.  

He is the Lamb of God, the final sacrifice for our sins.  He takes away all of my (and yours) sin!  He knows everything…past, present, and future.  He performed miracles that had never even been imagined possible by anyone else.  (He still does miraculous things today.)  

He was zealous for God.  He did not tolerate people getting ripped off.  He was never intimidated. He was strong and MIGHTY.  He knew His future but never wavered.  He never let anything get in the way of His doing the Father’s will.  

One who encounters and believes in Jesus is made new.  He is born again.  Jesus loves not just you and me, but the entire world.  Salvation through Him is available to all.  HE IS ABOVE ALL THINGS.

That is saying a lot in just 3 chapters.  Is there really any choice but to follow Him, to trust Him?

My prayer for each of us this summer is that of John the Baptist in John 3:30…”HE must become GREATER, I must become less.”