A Final Thought on John’s Gospel

When I was a boy, I read a book about the life of Jesus, and it really got my attention. As I thought about it, and as I thought about this Jesus guy, I really had no problem believing that He was the Son of God, and it occurred to me that I should try to be more like Him, but there was one thing about Jesus that kind of bothered me; He cheated!

To my nine-year-old mind, Jesus cheated when He went to the cross because after all, He was God… and He knew how the story was going to end; that’s cheating! It was almost as if it didn’t count if He knew all the things that He clearly knew before He allowed Himself to be taken prisoner. Gee whiz, I would do the same thing if I knew all that stuff.

Yes, to be young again…

When I was a teen, that attitude stuck with me, in fact, I didn’t really see the implication of this until I was n my 30’s; yes Jesus knew how the story ended, and He went to the cross knowing that the story wasn’t nearly over yet. He would suffer greatly for a time, and then…? Victory, honor, glory, reigning…

John says that he wrote the gospel so that many might come to believe in Him, and many have done so, but how deep is our belief? Ah yes, an uncomfortable question, surely, for some of us might believe like I used to, accepting the basic facts, and still holding something back.

My thinking changed one day when reality hit me like a freight train: Yes, Jesus knew how His story would end… and so do I know how my story ends; victory, honor, glory!

Jesus knew He would rise from the grave, and so will I.

Jesus knew He would ascend to Heaven, and so do will I.

Jesus knew He would suffer for a short time, and so will I.

Jesus knew He would reign as King of kings and Lord of lords, and I know that I am co-heir with Him.

Because Jesus knew these things, He did His Father’s will, will I do the same?

Dear reader, this is where we come to the always inconvenient question: Do we really believe that what we believe is really real?

It is one thing to accept the basic facts on an academic or theoretical level, but will we allow them to affect who we are on a fundamental level? Well, will we?

We will if we really believe that what we believe is really real.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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16 Responses to A Final Thought on John’s Gospel

  1. Tom says:

    Wow! Such an excellent reminder of what is in store for us! We do know the end of the story and just have to believe it in our hearts and act upon in it in our walk with God. Just think of the great things God could do through us if we would just live that way—focused on the end of the book.

  2. PhilipMac says:

    A powerful application to our lives of the reality of Jesus life and death and resurrection – yes it was for the joy set before him that he endured the cross! May the sure and certain hope of joy sustain me Lord, sustain us!

  3. paulfg says:

    ” I know how my story ends; victory, honor, glory!”
    Don this a fab post! And so close to home in my life. Yet what crosses my mind is this:
    a) we may really get it
    b) we may actually do it
    c) we may love to live it
    We may be ready!

    And then He deems making cups of tea, lifting chairs … that’s our gift. And we fight back. Doing that for 80-90 years rather than 33 … that is our “gift” … where is the glory in that, the honour, the victory? So we chase the bigger stuff, the glory stuff – and in so doing we miss “The Big Stuff” He sees and has – the “perfect stuff for who we are” stuff.

  4. I teach the Bible to Muslims every day. This is a big step for them. Their Qur’an says Jesus will curse anyone who claims he is the Son of God. Their Qur’an says “God needs no partners,” and “God has no wife”. Their Qur’an hammers home that Jesus was definitely not the Son of God. So, what we take for granted, they have to struggle through and go against everything they have ever been taught, and against their entire culture. It is considered a betrayal of one’s family, friends, and nation to believe Jesus is the Son of God. And so I struggle with them. What do I use to prove it? I use the same thing Paul and the other apostles used ~ fulfilled prophecies. I also use love. Both are powerful. If they believe you really and truly love them, they are more likely to listen. And some do.

  5. tiffersmarie says:

    Reblogged this on tiffersmarie.

  6. mdriskill48 says:

    Nice reflection. I’m often challenged to ask myself if I really believe my beliefs!

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  8. Elaine says:

    Reblogged this on Elaine's Random Thoughts and commented:
    Very interesting post that should set each of us to thinking. As Don Merritt, the writer of this blog asks at the end of this piece, “Do we really believe that what we believe is really real?
    It is one thing to accept the basic facts on an academic or theoretical level, but will we allow them to affect who we are on a fundamental level? Well, will we?” Thanks Don for another great post!

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