Category Archives: Gospel of John

Enmeshment, Anxiety and Discipleship

There were several instances where the disciples show signs of enmeshment with each other and with others. These are times when their value gets wrapped up in the value of others.

We see this in their arguments over who is the greatest in Luke 22.

We see this in John 21 when Peter’s death is prophesied by Jesus and Peter responds by looking at John and asking, “But what about him?”

We also see this when the disciples see another man casting out demons in Luke 9:49 and tell Jesus they tried to stop him “because he is not one of us.”

Jesus diffuses these things by removing the worry. To who is the greatest – Jesus responds with a reminder that he is the one who serve (Luke 22:27). To Peter – Jesus says don’t worry about him. To the disciples who tried to step the exorcist, “Do not stop him.”

Jesus wants us to have a non-comparative discipleship. Anxiety comes into our walk with Jesus when, like Peter walking on the water, we take our eyes off Jesus and put them on other people.

We have anxiety when our questions turn from “How does Jesus see me?” to “Who is better or greater?” or “Who has better gifts (see 1 Corinthians)?” All of these questions miss the point that Jesus’ love for you isn’t based on putting ourselves up in comparison with others, rather by putting ourselves in community with others.

Then we can be free from our anxiety and worry because our eyes will be fixed on the one who frees us from anxiety and worry and we can let him worry about everyone else.

Jesus’ Most Important Question For You to Move Ahead With Your Life

is found in John 5. Jesus is at the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem where he sees a man who had been an invalid 38 years. As you examine Jesus’ question to the man, I want you to replace that man with you. Picture yourself there. Picture the infirmity as whatever it is that keepsContinue Reading

Finding the Thread – Listening in John 9-11

In John 9 Jesus heals a man who was born blind…on the Sabbath (9:14). This got the attention of the local authorities who began to question the healed man. After verbally assaulting him the man defends Jesus saying, “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who doesContinue Reading

Three Characteristics of the Love of God and What That Means for Us

Soaking wet, walking across the beach…Peter makes his way toward Jesus. The other disciples are right behind him…as always, Peter found a way to get there first. Maybe it was his youth. Maybe it was his passion. Maybe it was his love for Jesus that he still clung to in spite of his own failuresContinue Reading

Is This The Most Faith-Full Moment in Jesus’ Ministry?

When you say John 4 your first thought probably goes the woman at the well. There is another story in that chapter that I find one of the most moving and faith-full moments in the Gospels. I don’t know that I need to get into the business of comparing people’s faith. That just doesn’t seemContinue Reading

Fascinating Story Order in the Gospels

Sometimes the Gospels have stories that are ordered in such a way that it just blows my mind. Because these connections span multiple stories it can be easy to miss because we often study one unit of the text at a time rather than looking at the whole or at least big chunks to seeContinue Reading

Logos Review: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel of John (Vol 1 & 2)

This is one of those resources I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. I was prepping to teach a Wednesday night series on the Gospel of John and I just had to have Keener on my team. I have grown to appreciate Craig Keener’s work on Bible backgrounds as well as his book Paul,Continue Reading

Open Tombs, Fight or Flight and Making Sense of Mary in John 20

When you are young you do foolish things…things you look back on and wonder “What was I thinking?” or think about all the bad things that could have resulted from your decisions. We had a youth group that went through a season of seeking out scarey experiences. There were nights we would leave Wednesday nightContinue Reading

Seating charts, the Last Supper and Judas

The world the New Testament was born into was a world where seating charts were everything. There wasn’t a higher form of fellowship than table fellowship at that time and where you sat at the meal was directly related to the honor or shame the host wished to recognize. There was a pecking order. TheContinue Reading

Mind Blown – the Interconnected Narratives of the Gospel of John

As I am studying through and teaching the Gospel of John I am in awe of just how interconnected this book is. I don’t even know where to start but I will take a stab at it. Jesus comes on the scene as the lamb of God who comes to take away the sins ofContinue Reading

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