New International Version (NIV)
The Great Commission16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
But After the Son came, we were taught that the gospel should be preached to ALL THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD, even the Gentiles (persons of non-Jewish heritage and beliefs).
Luke 24:46-48 "And he said, "Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah must suffer and die and rise again from the dead on the third day; and that this message of salvation should be taken from Jerusalem to all the nations: There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to me. You have seen these prophesies come true."
John 3:16-18 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.
There is no eternal doom awaiting those who trust Him to save them. But those who do not trust him have already been tried and condemned for not believing in the only Son of God."
When I did my 2 year Bible Teacher's course back in the early 1980's, I had trouble memorizing the important points, (there are so many!) in John as there was so much material to cover. So I made up a song of the concepts:
I cannot write music so you will have to wonder at the tune to this-ha!
♫The Word was made flesh
I am the bread of life
I am the Light of the World
I came so that they might have life.
I am the good shep-herd.
Washing the disciples feet
Love one another as I have loved you
The Spirit will guide you into all truth,
The high priestly prayer. ♫
The chapter of John is often called the "I Am" Chapter because it tells exactly what Jesus is. What a blessing! Read John and see how many of the concepts in my little song you can find.
So much in this gospel touches my heart! Bread of Life-Jesus sustains us and nourishes us. Light of the world-we do not have to dwell in the darkness of sin, we can walk in His light that shines everywhere! I came so that they might have life- Jesus came not to punish but to guide us to eternal life with the Father in Heaven. I am the good Shepherd- Jesus watches over us just as the shepherd watches over his flock, night and day, and searches for a lost lamb until he finds him and returns him to the fold.
Washing the disciples feet--I love this one. Jesus in the role of the Servant. He is showing the great love he has for the disciples, that he serves them because he loves them by the act of washing their feet even though He is the Son of God! It was a custom in bible times to wash a visitor's feet when they came into the house after walking a long distance on dusty roads. It was a humbling experience. I used to wash my husband's feet sometimes at Easter time and he was both surprised and humbled by the experience as I felt filled with the Spirit performing such a simple act and taking the role of a servant for a few moments.....
As we approach the Lenten season, I hope you take something away from my blog today, food for thought, an inspiration, a yearning for the Word, the desire to be closer to Jesus and the Father.
Praying for you all and please write if you have special needs for prayer. God Bless and love,
My Christian heart to yours...