The students of New Hope have embarked on a journey through the Gospel of John. As we approach the end of chapter 3, several things have stuck out in my mind over the last several weeks:
1. What we think about Jesus matters. John was compelled to share this story of Jesus so that people would believe the truth. He was convinced that believing the truth had an eternal impact on people's lives. If Jesus really was the Son of God, the Word become flesh, and the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, he was worth everything. As we keep studying the Gospel of John, we will seek to know the truth of Jesus, because that truth changes everything.
2. The truth of Jesus was never meant to stop with us. As Jesus began calling his disciples, it was evident that the truth of Jesus was worth telling to the next person. The disciples began to tell their family and friends that the Messiah had arrived. John the Baptist pointed to Christ, not himself. As we believe in the truth of Jesus, we are called and compelled to be his witnesses.
3. It all begins when we are given new life by the Spirit. Jesus teaches Nicodemus that we must be born again to understand and believe the truth. We cannot simply earn the forgiveness we need. It must be given to us. And it was at the cross of Christ. Why? Simply because God loved the world. He didn't love us because he knew we deserved it or would be good enough. He simply loved us because of His character. True life begins at the new birth.
4. The heart of a believer is one of humility towards God and others. As witnesses for Christ, we must respond to God and others with humility. We cry out with John, "He must increase, but I must decrease."
As we continue to study John, our prayer is that we will rest in the good news of a new life, trust in the truth of Jesus, and walk humbly as a witness.