Sunday Evening: John 20:24-31

Sunday evening sermon notes

John 20:24-31
Intro: Doubt and belief

Aim for confident belief – this is an eye witness who saw Jesus alive after the Resurrection

1. Reasonable doubt? vv24-25
– seeing is believing vv8,17,20
2. Persuasive evidence vv26-29
– what he saw, vv26-27
– what he had heard vv25,29,30-31
3. Rational worship v28
– the sincere seeker
v28. “Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” – this is not a blasphemous cry of astonishment, but heartfelt surrender. Thomas has integrity – when his questions are answered he doesn’t create more – he worships.
Conclusion: belief and life


1 John – Chapter 2

1 John 2 notes
v1 – don’t sin, but if you do – we have an advocate (Jesus) with the Father
v2 – He is the propitiation for our sins and for those of the whole world.
(but, presumably we need to know him?)
v3 – we know that we have come to know him (examine yourself?) – if we keep his commandments (what are they?)
v4 – if you say “I know him” but do not keep his commandements – you’re lying,
v5 but if you keep his word (his word = his commandments?) – the love of God is perfected in you (what is the love of God? – if keeping his word = keeping his
commandments, the love of God should be linked to ‘coming to know him’ in v3)
vv5-6 – we may be sure that we are in him (cf v3 – may know that we know him) – if you say you abide in him, you should walk as he walked.

v7 – commandment isn’t new, but old, from the beginning – the word you have already heard (old as in OT? is this making the point that ‘the life made manifest’ is
the fulfilment of Scripture?)
v8 – but something is changing – the darkness is leaving, and the ‘true’ light (what is the false light?) already shining.
vv9-11 – brother-haters are in the darkness, blinded by the darkness and don’t know where they are going (they can’t see!)
Brother-lovers abide (contrast abide and is) in the light and have no cause for stumbling.

vv12-14 – writing to little children / fathers / young men

loving the world vs. the love of the Father being in him
desires of the flesh, eyes, pride in possessions vs. doing the will of God
world passing away vs. abiding forever

Antichrists were among us, but were not ‘of us’. They deny Father and Son. Whoever denies the Son, does not have the Father. Truth is that Jesus is the Christ

(as the liar denies this).
‘You’ have been anointed by the Holy One, have knowledge, know the truth. Let what you have heard from the beginning (when is the beginning?) abide in you – if

so, you will abide in the Son and the Father – eternal life.
v26 – The anointing – abides in you, you don’t need anyone to teach you (?? why then are there teachers – Eph 4?), his anointing teaches you about everything –
the anointing (itself?) is true and is no lie. Abide in him.

Abide in him – so that we may be confident when he appears and not shrinking/ashamed.
If you know that he is righteous (what does this mean?) – you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

Light, darkness
Commandment that you have heard from the beginning

1 John – Chapter 1

1 John 1

v1 – experienced with 3 of the 5 senses (can you smell and taste that which they’ve seen?)
v2 – what was it? the life made manifest = the eternal life = was with the Father = was made manifest
v3 – can be proclaimed, proclaiming will lead to fellowship with them, their fellowship is already with the Father and his Son (is this because they have seen the life?)
v4 – joy would be complete (if you have fellowship with them?)

v5 – there is a message: God is light and not at all dark.
v6 – cannot have fellowship with him and walk in darkness.
v7 – walk in the light, have fellowship with one another, and Jesus’ blood cleanses us from all sin.

What is walking in darkness? Not ‘sinning’ per se – as this seems to be included within v7 – you can walk in the light and Jesus’ blood cleanses from all sin..

ah yes,
v8 – lying if you say you have no sin.
v9 – we confess our sins – He is faithful and forgives us and cleanses us (is confessing part of walking in the light – the result is the same).
v10 – we really shouldn’t say that we have not sinned….. that makes him a liar.

2 John

2 John notes

vv1-2 – who is the lady? (is it a church) – John loves her ‘in truth’, as do all who ‘know the truth’, because ‘of the truth’ which abides in John/those who know.. and will remain forever.
v3 – unusual greeting – rather than grace, mercy etc. to you – it says with us.
v4 – finding the children walking in the truth is a cause for rejoicing.
v4 – we (who is we? them then, or me now as well?) were commanded to ‘walk in the truth’
v5 – loving one another is not new … it is the commandment we have had from the beginning….
v6 – we should walk according to his commandments
v6 – we should walk in the commandment (to love one another v5b). Love is walking according to his commandments. Loving one another is the commandment. We should walk in this commandment.

v7 – deceivers do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh.
v8 – watch out – there is something to lose, and (much) to gain. (what can you lose?)
v9 – if you do not abide in the teaching of Christ, you do not have God (abide is quite a strong word – it feels stronger than ‘remain’ – closer to dwelling – hence abiding in your abode). If you abide in the teaching – you have both Father and son.
v10 – the lady should not receive into her house (n.b. if lady = church, house = church building? is this a jump too far?) those who do not bring this teaching. Even greeting them = taking part in his wicked works.

v12 – greetings — seeing each other in person is best. Paper and ink second best. A note for the age of the Internet.
v13 – the children of your elect sister greet you. (Does this lend support for lady = church? – otherwise, would suggest that John knows the sister of the lady to whom he is writing).

What is the truth?
– you can love in it (v1)
– it is something you can know (v1)
– it is something which is in people (v2)
– it is something permanent (v2)
– it is linked to God the Father and Jesus Christ – they can provide grace, mercy and peace – in truth and love (v3)
– you can walk in it (v4)
– love is walking according to his commandments (v6)
– you can also walk in the commandment to love one another (vv5-6)

It can be in you, and you can love and walk (be?) in it.

3 John

3 John notes

v1 to Gaius
v2 general greetings – all go well/good health/with your soul (i..e not just the soul)
v3 interesting phrase – testified to your truth / as indeed you are walking in the truth – ‘your truth’ being something separate from walking in the truth? is this saying that they are (in a sense) true/truth (not intending to equate with John 18:38 because that would be to equate them with Someone far greater)
vv3-4 – John rejoices greatly / has no greater joy. Appln: – sthg to give thanks for?

v5 Gaius is faithful in ‘his efforts for these brothers’ – they are strangers – going out for the sake of the name (interesting that ‘the name’, not ‘His name’/’name of Christ’ etc.).
v8 – therefore we ought to support people like these. Therefore (therefore look back to see cause for conclusion) – they are going out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. This enables us to be fellow workers for the truth.
v9 – John has also written to the church (is this 1 John/2 John?) – but Diotrephes does not acknowledge our (who is with John?, or is this John and Gaius?) authority (why is this important? does this mean that D. wouldn’t read out the letter?).
v10- D talks wicked nonsense, refuses to welcome the brothers (ppl in particular?), stops people who want to, and puts them out of the church!!
v11 – imitate good.
v12 – who is Demetrius? how can he receive a good testimony from everyone and from the truth itself (how can the truth testify?)

vv13-15 – closing greetings.

Truth is mentioned several times
v1 – John loves Gaius in truth
v3a – the brothers testify to ‘your’ truth (you singular)
v3b – he is walking in the truth
v4 – John is joyful when he hears that his children are walking in truth
v8 – to support people ‘like these’ is to be fellow workers for ‘the truth’
v12 – the truth gives Demetrius a good testimony

John 19:31-42 – A Matter of Death and Life

Sermon notes from Sunday Evening 1 April 2007 (posted 11 April 2007)

A uniquely unique evil…..

Difficult to imagine anything more evil than the Holocaust. Children burned alive in the Holocaust
He who saw it has borne witness – his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth – that you also may believe
There is another uniquely unique event. Fundamental evil. Once seen, we are not surprised by other evil in the world. However, the event leaves us with hope, not despair
Jesus, God’s Son and King, has been killed and is now definitely dead
Don’t believe the lie that Jesus didn’t die.
– the evidence
– the testimony
why do we not believe? We believe Holocaust testimonies. Matt, Lk, John cc. 60 years after Jesus’ death, Mark earlier
Believe the ‘unbelievable’ truth that God’s Son was killed.

Yet through the death of his Son, God is bringing life
31, 42, These are preparations for the day of life – Sabbath
36 – A Passover death – Exodus 12:46
37 – A scandalous death – Zech 12:10
bringing hope out of despair. Passover death that the Scripture might be fulfilled
Maybe… blood = symbol of death, water = symbol of life – cf 1 John 5

So believe, with a wholehearted, open devotion to the King
38-42 – Joseph and Nicodemus – out from the shadows

secret disciple for fear of the Jews.
75lbs of spices = £2,200 at today’s priaces at
Buried like royalty – cf Herod’s burial 1st century AD.
Meditate on the trut.
Keep your commitment and allegiance to Jesus

The Passion of the Christ: ‘Judged’ John 18:28-19:16

Notes from Sun pm sermon.

The Passion of the Christ (3)

* Pilate is not Captain Mainwaring. Roman Empire is about ludicrous levels of power.

1) King and Authority
Don’t read this passage and pity Pilate

2) Innocence and Guilt
Pilate has to ask Jesus – “what have you done?”
Caiaphas is the high priest of the only people of God. Position of immense privilege.
19v7 Lex Divina – invoking the law of God – but against the law of God He is impeccablew.
Penal substitution = difficult word for a beautiful thing.