Sermons on John
The 6th Sunday of Easter
The 5th Sunday of Easter
The Jews and others, when they saw Jesus weep, said, “See how he loved him!” Lazarus was in a better place, but Jesus has empathy with Lazarus’ sisters and with our sorrows and grief. Our hope is in Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life. God will not let death have the last word.
Traditional Jewish thought said suffering was due to sin. There are various answers as to why we suffer which are usually insufficient. Does God care that we suffer? What, if any, is God’s role? What is Jesus’ role in our suffering?
The woman at the well left a changed person–she found Living Water. How do we get Living Water so we can be the person Jesus see us as and not who we think we are?
“Night” in the Gospel of John signals the condition of those who want to believe but have difficulty believing. Jesus said that “whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” Being born again does not depend on our faltering faith but on the grace of God so that we are born from above. It is a gift that we have to receive.
The Holy Spirit is God; not a piece of him. He is Comforter, he Convicts, he Equips, he Encourages, he Empowers.
Are you counting on your good deeds to get you to heaven? You must depend on Jesus.
The whole meaning behind Christmas is that God comes to be with us. Christmas means the end of having to relate to God through external religion and becomes a relationship: God comes to us and He wants to be in relationship with us.