Category Archives: John

Riding on a Donkey

The Concordia Journal observes that John is using the donkey as key in this text.  The donkey pointed to the Passion Week. The donkey, though used as kingly transportation in the Solomonic days, was also a symbol of peace. He … Continue reading

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Got Wine?

According to J. Duncan M. Derrett in “Water into Wine,” (Biblische Zeitschrift, Neue Folge, 7 (1963), pp. 84-85,89) Mary was deeply concerned about the shortage of wine in John two for a few reasons: First, she was deeply involved in … Continue reading

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John 15, Election and Covenant

John 15 is a covenant passage. We can never be too cautious about using this type of language, but at the same time I often wonder why people miss something so simple. Opponents of Norman Shepherd argue that John is … Continue reading

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The Dance of the Trinity, John 14:15-21; Sixth Sunday of Easter at Providence Church

Introduction: People of God, the Trinity is a way of life. By imitating the Father, Son, and Spirit we enter into this life. This is what Jesus says in our Gospel Lesson. Prayer: May the words of my mouth, and … Continue reading

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Truth and Love

A friend asked if love is also essential–or perhaps even more foundational–to unity than truth. Truth cannot be limited to propositions. The telos of truth is not intellectualization, but rather the outworking of its nature in works. Truth acts. There … Continue reading

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A Lenten Sermon: Martha’s Resurrection Theology in Light of Death; John 11

Audio Sermon Sermon: You may be familiar with the great artist Giotto’s famous painting entitled The Raising of Lazarus. The painting is a sermon in and of itself. Giotto portrays Jesus as Creator when He lifts His hands in the … Continue reading

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Lord Over Death

Jesus is about to raise Lazarus from the dead and the disciples are concerned that the Lord over death is going to be killed.

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Saliva and Creation

Concerning John’s account of the healing of the blind man in John 9, my good friend Phil Walters observes that the “saliva is also from the tongue/mouth of God… words come from the mouth/tongue; the world was created by the … Continue reading

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The World as Doxology

John 9 is a perfect example of how God receives glory even in suffering. The disciples attempted to simplify the theology of sin, but Jesus broadens it. Even in suffering (blindness), God’s works are manifested and His glory shown.

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Clinging to the greater Joshua in baptism…

Peter Leithart observes brilliantly that the blind man in John 9 passes through the waters and gets attached to Jesus, Joshua.  In contrast, he writes: His parents are afraid of being kicked out of the old world, the world on … Continue reading

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Oversimplification…

John’s narrative in chapter nine is a clear case of oversimplification. The disciples asked a question about the correspondence between sin and suffering. Their answer was partially correct, but they failed to see the complexity of the issue; to put … Continue reading

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Lenten Sermon; John 4:5-15: The Redemption of the Bride

Introduction: In our Gospel Lesson, the Samaritan woman is incorporated into a new community by the love of Christ, the great Bridegroom. Prayer: May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, … Continue reading

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Jesus, the Seventh Husband

John’s account of the Samaritan woman is the scandal of the cross; that Christ would engage and touch the life of someone who is unclean, and not only that, but also clothe her with His husbandry. The woman at the … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Weakness

Concerning Jesus’ weariness in John 4, St. Augustine writes that Jesus “fashioned us by His strength, He sought us by His weakness.” Augustine is saying that Jesus sought us in his weakness, that is to say, in his humanity; in His … Continue reading

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Jesus, Lover of My Soul

Jesus as lover embraces the bride in an imperfect condition. The bride is not lovable or attractive. She still needs a lot more beautification before the wedding feast. She needs to stop clinging to her past and putting aside her … Continue reading

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Sermon: The True Temple: Light and Salvation for the World; John 3:1-17

SERMON AUDIO Introduction: People of God, in our Gospel Lesson we will see that Jesus Christ will cleanse the world by dying. Prayer: May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, … Continue reading

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Jesus, as New Temple

Jesus is the New Temple (John 2). His body is the replacement for the idolatrous system of the Old Covenant. He comes to cleanse the temple, so He might offer His body as a clean temple for the world (John … Continue reading

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Sermon: John 16:23-33, Prioritizing Prayer and Peace

Audio Sermon Sermon: People of God, Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! As we come to the last two Sundays of the Easter Season, we begin to get a sense of the surpassing greatness of the resurrection. In our … Continue reading

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On that day…

In John 16, Jesus says that on that day they will no longer ask. This is a contrast to the previous narrative where the disciples are continually asking, revealing their uncertainty. But on that day, when Jesus is raised from … Continue reading

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Sermon: The Great Reversal; John 16:12-22

Sermon Audio Sermon: People of God, Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! We continue to look at St. John’s gospel. We have looked through several resurrection events and accounts. This morning we will take a step back and look … Continue reading

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Birthing a New World…

The illustration used by Jesus in John 16:21 carries a far greater weight than a simple analogy to the disciple’s loss, which will take place in a “little while.” The birthing of this “anthropos/man” is the birthing of the New … Continue reading

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See and SEE in John 16:16

NASB “A little while, and you will no longer behold Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me.” John 16:16 The NASB seems to be the only translation that captures this double usage of the word “see” in … Continue reading

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Sermon/Easter: The Shepherd/King; John 10:22-30

Sermon Audio Manuscript Sermon: People of God, Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! While we profess this great truth in this Resurrection Season, others call it foolishness. The Gospel of the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Christ is … Continue reading

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Sheep and Grace

This life as sheep is a secure life; it is an eternal life, but it also a life of perseverance in grace and by grace. Grace is never absent from obedience and faithfulness. If God is gracious to bring us … Continue reading

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John 20:1-14 Two Fires, Two Communities, One Lord

Sermon Audio Sermon: People of God, Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! C.S. Lewis once wrote: that “Symbols are the natural speech of the soul, a language older and more universal than words.”[1] The gospel of St. John is … Continue reading

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Know Surely…

… that you did not come to Christ because God looked down the corridors of time and saw your free choice, rather, God in His rich mercy poured His grace upon you, so your eyes would be open to see … Continue reading

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Grammar vs. Text

I read this gem from Leithart today: Some commentators claim that John 6 cannot be talking about the Lord’s Supper because the verbs (in vv. 52-59) are aorist. This is very implausible to me. John recorded a discourse of Jesus … Continue reading

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Translation of John 10:22-30

See PDF Doc HERE:John 10 22-30 translation This is my rough translation of this Sunday’s gospel lesson for the Fourth Sunday of Easter. I have tried to make it both literal and readable. Please leave any translational or exegetical suggestions … Continue reading

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Leithart on Peter putting on the garment in John 21

Some oddities of the narrative of John 21. Peter, we’re told, has stripped, apparently to make it easier to do his fishing. When he hears that Jesus is on the shore, he puts ON his outer robe and throws himself … Continue reading

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Fish and Dominion

An interesting point is that the fishermen do not seem to have dominion over the fish in John 21. The new gardener, Jesus does. In Him, the dominion mandate will be fulfilled, because He possesses all authority in heaven and … Continue reading

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