A New Way
Part 4 of a Lenten Message Series entitled “MOSAIC”
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places (rooms); if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way where I am going.” 5 Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. – John 14:1-6 (NASB)
The BIG Idea
The Gospel of John presents Jesus as the true Source of life. Because Jesus is the source of new life, He desires to make all of us new in Him today!
Important Facts about the Gospel of John
Author: The Apostle John, the son of Zebedee from Bethsaida (Ancient village of Galilee, Israel)
Date: Approximately 80-90 AD (or ‘Common Era’)
Occasion and Purpose:
- To demonstrate that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, by presenting and commenting on seven selected “Messianic Signs.”
- To show that the Christian faith is universal, applying to Jews and non-Jews alike, and the only way to the one true God
- To equip believers (followers of Jesus) for mission locally, regionally, and internationally.
- To evangelize unbelievers by equipping believers to share the Good News of Christ.
- Jesus as the preexistent, Incarnate Word, the fully divine and human Messiah, the crucified and risen Savior of the world.
- The Jewish rejection of Jesus the Messiah and the universal offer of salvation to everyone who believes in Jesus as the Messiah.
- Believers need to follow Jesus through obedient, committed, and faithful discipleship, realized through love and unity in the Christian community and dependence on the Holy Spirit.
- The Gospel of John has rightly been called a “Gospel of decision.” Every person must choose between light and darkness, faith or unbelief, life or death. Light, life, and salvation, in turn, can be attained only by faith in the crucified and risen Messiah, Jesus.
- John is distinct from the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke).
- The world is constantly trying to shape our identity. (Please see Matthew 4 and Luke 4.)
◦ There are many temptations the world offers to strip away our identity.
▪ “Use what you have for yourself.”
▪ “Everybody is after the same goals in life. I’ll just get you there faster.”
▪ “Trade your tomorrows for one today and do not worry about the consequences.”
- Christ is the Giver of Life.
- Christ is the Solution.
◦ We can find comfort in the character of Jesus.
◦ We can find comfort in the cross of Jesus.
◦ We can find comfort in His power to create.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. – Psalm 139:14 (NASB)
- John describes Jesus as constantly making new things.
- Christ transformed everything and offers us new life as well.
- Jesus offers new life to anyone and everyone.
- God has set life in a way to where we are constantly experiencing new beginnings.