Reading the Bible can be a daunting task and many struggle with how to read it and where to start. While, after reading through many articles and websites and speaking with multiple elder family members, I decided for the sake of my project that I would start in the Gospel of John. I realize that it is not the first book of the Gospel, but John is great place to start for an individual wanting to read and tell others or nonbelievers about Jesus. The plan is to read and decipher at least 3 chapters a week. Not simply reading them, but really looking at what John is trying to tell the reader. I will be analyzing and evaluating and being able to portray the important information back to people so they can get a since of what they truly need to know. I know it won’t take me the whole semester to get through John, I think I plan on skipping around in the Bible to give different views and points that I believe and other Christians believe are important for anyone else to understand first.
In the first chapter, John came and wanted people to believe that Jesus is the Messiah and that he came to be Christ’s witness for him. It is important to note, that people were quick to believe that John was the Son of God and that he was their savior, but he was quick to disclaim this. Stop for a moment and think, if someone thought you were the Son of God would you be so quick to disclaim them, or would you possible milk it along to see if you could possibly get something in return from these people?
Later, Jesus and his disciples come across Nathanael, and the only way for Nathanael to believe that Jesus was truly the Messiah was for Him to perform a miracle. If you met Jesus for the first time, would you believe Him right away or would you make Him perform a miracle? Believing is not always about seeing, which goes against what our society tells us. However, keep in mind that God rewards the people who place their faith in him and displays their faith.
In chapter two we start of at a wedding where towards the end of the night, they run out of wine. Well, Jesus being the miracle man he is, famously turns water into wine and not just any wine, but the best wine. This may seem trivial, but think about how Jesus gave out His best to people who were already drunk and wouldn’t be able to test the different between cheap and quality wine. This shows you that everyone must always be ready to do anything for God, no matter how small or silly it may seem at the time.
Jesus then later came into a temple, where the men at virtually turned it into a market place. In verse 19 he says “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” While at the time, the men and the disciples thought Jesus was talking about the physical temple, we was actually eluding to his death and resurrection to come.
In chapter three Nicodemus comes to Jesus to talk to him about Heaven. Jesus tells him that he must be reborn again, not by the flesh again but by the Spirit. In order to have eternal life, you MUST believe in Him.
John 3:16- For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. This is the most famous line in the Bible and I encourage everyone to learn and memorize this verse. Without Jesus dying on the cross, and dying for our sins, we wouldn’t be able to receive the gift of eternal life. That is the most important thing you need to realize, and that you 100% need to believe in Jesus Christ. If you don’t (not to be dark and gloomy already), but on your judgement day you will regret your decisions.