Introduction to “Who is Jesus?”

Have you ever wondered what it takes to really know someone?  There are many ways to obtain information:

  • Self-disclosed – autobiographical
  • Other-disclosed – biographical
  • Factual records – historical dates, genealogies, name, occupation
  • Observation – appearance, activities and actions
  • Experiential – time shared with another

I am in the beginning sessions of a study of the Gospel of John.  John’s record of Good News is most popular but what does it really say?  My group meets Thursday evenings.  Our practice is to read the scripture out loud.  We want to observe the context, the people involved, the location, and the action written down by inspiration.  Then we will begin to answer the question “Who is Jesus?”

John tells us his purpose in writing: “Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:30-31)  Knowing Jesus and believing in who he is leads to something most precious: life in His name.

The love God has for mankind flows through and out of John’s writing.  He refers to himself as the disciple Jesus loved.  John writes letters to the early churches full of exhortations threaded through with love.  “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”  (1 John 4:7-10)

The autobiographic, biographic, historic, observed, and experienced information we receive about others may be misrepresented or even falsified.  Satan does some of his most evil work when he promotes misrepresentation and false images of Jesus.  I pray that our study will lead this group of women to Truth, Love, and Life in His name.

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