Gospel of John stands in a class of his own
Matthew Mark Luke> synoptic gospels> to see together. Similarities.
Why four gospels? Each gospel covers a different aspect of Jesus to give a more complete look at Jesus
Christ died on the cross for our sins= The Sin Offering. Now no more sin offerings. We confess to acknowledge we have been forgiven and blessed. We don’t do anything as a sin offering. U don’t serve in ministry as a sin offering. U do it because u are led to. Stop with your sin offerings.
We enter the holiest of holies because God is not dealing with our sins. Settled by Jesus. We come to God as though Jesus just died just now. A thousand years with God is like one day.
God is thrice holy but we aren’t. So in the past come closer to God is death. Now after Jesus has settled our sins, we come close to God and live.
New and living way.
Through the veil. —> represents his flesh
Stands on the synoptic gospels.
His life in the flesh
On the cross His flesh was torn to give access to us. The veil is His flesh. The new and living way. In the temple, the veil was torn.
More revelation= spend time reading gospels again and again
Tabernacle – encampment in the form of cross
Right at the heart is the tabernacle. Pic of church. Church at the centre of your life.
Our strategy- look to the centre, to Jesus. He is our rearguard.
Veil – red and blue
Not pleasant side by side. Jarring.
In the centre is purple
Blue is heaven
Red is ground (Adam means Red)
Middle is Jesus. Heaven and earth meet in Him. Purple. Royalty. King of kings.
Four faces. Lion, Ox, Man, Eagle
King of the Jews – Lion- Matthew
Jesus is indisputably from the line of King David.
Travel not at the speed of this world
But at the speed of rest in Christ
The faster I go
The behind we I get
Pull back and you go far
Bible- The key hangs on the door. Always on the door. First few verses is explanatory of what the book is about
In Jesus we will be filled and our bellies will be overflowing with bodies of living water for others to enjoy. Opposed to Ecclesiastes which spoke of futility.
Matthew shows Jesus has rightful claim
Born under Joseph. Joseph and Mary come from the lineage of David’s 2 sons
Jesus born King of the Jews, not born to be the King.
He chose u
Saved u in spite of your sins
He puts u on the throne
Sermon of the mount- constitution of the King
Deeds of the King (centre of Matthew)
Parables of the Kingdom
Gospel of Mark
– no genealogy because u don’t ask a servant for his pedigree
– one whole narrative, starts with his ministry and servitude. Every sentence starts with AND.
Always moving. Always serving.
Gospel of Luke
– portrays Jesus as the Son of Men
– the glory of Jesus
– face of a man
– genealogy. Trades back to Adam
– shows growth of Jesus. As a man, he grew up
– Jesus asked questions of the theologians and answered them
Have u gone through some days where u aren’t conscious of Him. Then when u remember, He reminds u where He is.
Gospel of John
– Jesus the deity
As a priest not blessed no use
Luke ends w high priest blessing people
Time to go but kept blessing them as He rose up to the heavens.
Began w dumb priest. Ends with a HP that keeps blessing us.
When u see Him in His love for u
He will see u in your faith
Men fears God. That’s the first natural response
To see God in His love is not natural. It’s not basic to be consumed with His love
Peter in Luke 5
– first reaction is I am a sinner. Depart from me
– see severe God and judging God
Peter in John 21
– sees Jesus jump in water. Despite just denying Jesus.
– sees Jesus in His love
See Peter’s growth.
So why are we saying it is growth and necessary to teach people to fear God? This is regression.
We must come to the place to know the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge. Like Paul prayed. That is true progression!
John opens up John 1:18
Jesus lives in the Father’s bosom continuously
The reason He lives a victorious life and had an effective ministry whilst on earth – conscious of the Father’s love
He came down to draw us to His bosom.
Ends John 21:20
John leans on His breast
Opens and ends with being conscious of God’s love
In beginning was the word
– in Greek no ‘THE’ before ‘beginning’
– no definitive article because He has always existed.
Whenever your faith is weak. Read up on the miracles that you believe
Gospel of John is designed to grow our faith.
Seven signs in John. Not miracles. Sign to Jesus.
1) water for purifying turn to wine (constant cleansing is over, days of celebration has come now that we are the righteousness of God in Christ. Wine takes time to produce- vineyard takes years to cultivate grapes for good wine. Then to further make it better, need to save longer. Jesus in one fell swoop turned water into the best wine. Saves best wine for end time gen. Also, God is outside time.
95% of gospel of John isn’t found in the synoptic gospels. That’s a lot.
No gospel of John- Jesus was around since beginning, water to wine, Nicodemus, woman at the well, woman who committed adultery, Lazarus… High Priest prayer of our Lord…
95% Gospel of Mark is found in the other synoptic gospels.
Matthew and Luke – centurion
– sound like he came personally to Jesus
– send elders of the Jews to Him
Why the difference? Matthew wrote to Jews. So to build their pride, says he asked. In the Jewish tradition, sending others to rept u is as good as going yourself. Luke written to Gentiles.
Omission is divine.
Pride- don’t be proud.
Stay low to get the dew.
If sick, spend time with the gospel. Look to see will be depressed. Look to Christ will be lifted up.
Don’t go to a painting of Jesus and pray. Go to the bible to see Jesus and know Him.
ONLY JOHN tells us- Jesus says I AM and the soldiers brandishing weapons and torches fell over. Tells us that Jesus GAVE His life. The captured captured them. He waited for them to get up. They bound Him. Why?
First mention of someone bound was ISAAC
Story of sonship. Gospel of John- gospel of the Son. Reminds Jews with eyes to see and ears to hear that this is the true Isaac. He was bound.
John has milk for the young and meat for the mature believer.
Ingredients of the anointing oil
Both Matthew and John spoke of His exultation
Mark and Luke spoke of His humility.
Olive oil is the acts of the apostles
Want to touch the anointing? Read the gospels and the Books of Acts.
Stop looking up books on your illnesses and go to those four books! Mind become clearer and sharper.
Read scriptures the most= in the best frame
– He bowed His head and gave up His spirit
Not helplessly died.
Gave up as in to commit and surrender over His spirit.
Many people were crucified. Many of them were thrown into a hole. No decent burial.
God would not let Jesus die indecently. After his death everything was exultation. Price was paid.
Most of the people who were crucified would smash their head back to gasp for air. So they would break their leg so they could not do it. Cracked neck and broken legs.
Jesus is the only one who bowed his head and dismissed His spirit. And they didn’t have to break His legs.
Bow his head- gesture of worship
The last thing He did was to worship.
Gen 24:26- the man bowed his head and worshipped the LORD —> first mention of bowing head to worship in bible.
Bowing head =
Same Greek word used in foxes has holes etc Son of man has no where to REST His head and in this verse about Him BOWing His head
Finally on the Cross, Jesus found His rest.
The love of God is greater than what angels and men can describe.
Believe in His love for u and u shall be saved. U and your house. Believe that the Father loves u and doesn’t want to condemn u.
God is righteous to make you righteous.
His mercy saw our need and His grace and the work of Christ makes God righteous to make us righteous. The cross is the place of victory and not defeat. God never meant for men to die. The gift of God through Christ is eternal life.
Put your trust in the blood of Christ and Christ alone.
Every time we sin, if u trace back, is when we forget to trust Jesus and we look to men or are affected by what they say over us. When we put our trust in Him and focus on Him, we will live holy lives accidentally.
May we live this week in the fullness of reality of these truths. Amen
Joyce Sum says
Love your notes. Is it possible for your notes to be sent to my email as I find them very helpful to me?
Thank you very much
Isaac Soong Wee Siong says
Very inspiring and a fresh insight on how to read the four gospel in a meaningful and deeper manner.