Hello everyone! Happy hump day!
It is the middle of the week, and also a very new exciting day for me because as of today I am going to blog every Wednesday with a series called Worship Wednesday.
What is worship Wednesday?
I’ve really been feeling God’s spirit within me lately, more than I ever have in my entire life. Being a Christian today is a lot different than what it was months ago, and I’m excited too see more changes as I grow in my faith. Worship Wednesdays will be heavily focused on anything related to Christianity. Although most of my blog posts already include a lot about the Lord, I want to use Wednesday’s as the most powerful days of the week to inspire, to learn, and to dedicate time to scripture. I’ve been reading parts of the bible recently, and have already built on the knowledge I had prior to reading it. Learning more about God will only bring me closer to Him, and that is why I think that having a day like this is a good way to contribute to my faith journey.
So today, were going to talk about John the baptist. Who is he? What did he do in the bible? Let’s find out as we read through the gospel according to John.
There was a man sent from God named John, “The Baptist” which means “an immerser, one who administers the rite of immersion”. He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of the light. Meaning, he was not God, but he was sent to bear witness of Him. The levites asked him is he was Christ, and he denied that he was Christ, and was continuously questioned about his identity from others. To those who kept asking who John was, John said “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight way of the Lord.” They also asked hi was he baptized if he is not Jesus Christ, and he said “I baptize with water, but these standeth among you, whom ye know not. The next day, John saw Jesus and said “behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world, He is before me and therefore I am baptizing with water”.
The purpose of John’s baptizing role was “for the forgiveness of sins”. John was hesitant to immerse Jesus when the Lord approached him with that request because Jesus was sinless. John acknowledged the perfection of Christ.
In Chapter 3 of John, at the very beginning it explains there was man named Nicodemus who was a ruler of the jews. The ruler went to Jesus and said how can you do miracles, if you’re not God? Jesus said “except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. Meaning, being saved through immersion is a crucial part of being let into God’s kingdom. The ruler then asked, how can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mothers womb and be born? Jesus responded, “except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.
I find chapter 3 extremely powerful, and truthful because it is completely right. As humans, we were all born into the world of sin. We weren’t saved when we came out of our mother’s womb, and we surely weren’t saved if we were baptized as a baby because we didn’t know how to make our own decisions, let alone know who God is. I agree with Jesus as he says “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.”. I’ve been a “Christian” for 19 years, but I’ve truly been born of the Spirit in the past year because of my decision to become saved.
Now this is gonna sound a little familiar, as is is a famous singer’s song. Keith Urban’s John 3:16 is the next part of the bible which I’d like to talk about. This is actually going to cover John 3:15-John 3:21.
That whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but the world through him be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned but he that bevenlith not is condemned already because he hath not believeth the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation the the light is come to into the world, and men loved darkness rathe than light, because their deeds are evil. For everyone that doth evil hatter the light, neither cometh to the light, lest deeds should be reproved. But he that doth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be mindset, they they are wrought in God.
Once Jesus had said this, Nicodemus was baptized.
John 3:30 says ” He must increase, and I must decrease” meaning, God is more important.
In John chapter 4, a woman of Samaria asks Jesus for a drink of water from a deep well. Jesus says to her “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, give me to drink, thou wouldn’t have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman could not understand what Jesus was trying to get at, so irritably she said “Sir, that has nothing to do with the water in the deep well, since when did it have living water?” Jesus said explained to her that whoever drinks the water from the well, or any other source will thirst again. But, whoever drinks the water that I give him shall never thirst, but the water that I give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman upset, said Sir just come here and give me some water.
Jesus called her out first, he said go and bring me your husband which she denied. Jesus then said, you surely do have a husband, infact, you have 5! He further explained to her how important it is to worship the Holy spirit and to be truthful. God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship him in spirit and in truth. She did not want to believe a word Jesus was saying, because she had a hard time thinking that Jesus was the Son of God.
Samaritans heard Jesus for themselves, and told the woman that Jesus is the Son of God. “for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the saviour of the world”. John 4:42.
Later on, Jesus left Judea to visit Galilee where he turned water into wine. He was approached by a noble man, whose son was very sick. He went to Jesus and asked if he would come down and heal him because he was almost about to die. Jesus said, unless you believe me, he will not be healed. The man believed Jesus’ word, and went his way. The servants went to the nobleman and said, yesterday at the seventh hour, the fever left him. The father of the ill son knew that it was the same hour Jesus said “thy son liveth” and therefore he believed. This is the second miracle Jesus did.
Now in chapter 5, there is a lot to take in, so I’m going to try and put this in my own wording to make this less difficult to understand:
In Jeruslism, there is a market pool, which contains crippled and paralyzed people, waiting for the moving of the water. An angel went down and troubled the water, meaning that whoever went into the water would be made whole of any disease they had. A man was in the water, who had been sick for years. Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he was sick for a long time. He asked the man when he’ll be made whole. The man said he’ll never get better, he’ll be sick forever as long as the water is troubled. Jesus said “rise, take up thy bed, and walk”. Imminently, the man was made whole, and got up and started walking on the same day of the sabbath. The jews asked the man how he was cured, and the man said it was Jesus who told him to get up and walk. Jesus told the man, sin no more. The jews wanted to persecute Jesus for doing this to the man on the sabbath day. But Jesus defended Himself by said, my Father works and therefore I should work to. The jews found this even more tempting to kill jim because he had broken the sabbath and also said that God was Father, making himself equal to God. Jesus said:
Okay, listen, the Son can do nothing by itself, but what He see’s His Father do, He will also do. The Father loves His Son, and therefore we need to show Him we love Him too. The Father has risen from the dead and gives back life, so we should too. The Father judges no man, but has committed all judgement to His Son. All men should honour the Son, even ask they honour the Father. If you don;t honour the Son, you aren’t honour the Father. Whoever believes the word of God from Jesus, will have everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life. God has given Jesus the authority to excuse judgement because he is the Son of man. Those who do good will have resurrection of life, and those who do evil will have resurrection of damnation. As Jesus hears, he judges, not because of his own will, but because he needs to be fair to his Father. Jesus has witnessed God from the works he has sent, but He has never seen his shape or heard his voice. Search the scriptures, and receive not honour from men. Glorify God. How can you believe in God if you’re only honouring one another?
So, we have covered John chapters 3 through 5. I hope this was easy to understand, as it was a bit of a challenge for myself to understand at first, but now it makes total sense to me and proves more and more why I believe in Christ our saviour. It’s mind boggling how I hadn’t read the bible until I was 19 years of age, but then again, there is never a wrong time to start reading it. I just wanted to thank you guys for taking the time to read through and if you have any questions, I would be more than happy to discuss more about the readings and also I hope you’re all having a wonderful day today. Despite the cold if you’re a Canadian girl like, life is beautiful, remind yourself that if you’re having a rough day, there is so much more to life than some of the things we’re having a hard time dealing with or wrapping our heads around. Remember that if you are going through a rough time, it’s all part of God’s plan for you. He doesn’t want you to suffer, He wants you to learn and to grow. He wants you to experience things for yourself sometimes, because those who have dealt with hard times first handedly, are so incredibly capable of getting through a storm. I love you all, and I hope you had fun reading. Have a great rest of your Wednesday’s guys!<3