John 6:11–22 (ESV)
11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 
  • V11 – Took the loads and distributed and also the fish
    • The bread that he was GIVEN gave forth more bread. It was transformed 
14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”
Deuteronomy 18:15–19 (ESV)
15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16 just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.
  • Their hope was in escape from ROME and revitalization of Judaism
  • Their focus was that Messiah’s significance was Earthly: Wealth, Food, Victory, Freedom 
    • They could not see the DIVINE revelation of Jesus Christ, nor Him being the bread of life, nor their own true need for salvation!
15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
Jesus is the LAMB – He is about to focus on FEEDING to FILLING, this miracle.
  • Lamb dies points to the death of Christ
  • Bread and fish will FILL but not satisfy
  • MANNA is a shadow of the TRUE BREAD
  • PASSOVER is removed and JESUS BECOMES THE BREAD and the WINE (His flesh is now the true lamb)
  • In John 5 the JEWS put their hope in Moses.
  • They saw Scripture but could not see Jesus
  • Passover was their PRIME festival
  • NATIONAL pride was at its highest
  • THE people were taught that EXODUS was a picture of FUTURE GLORY that Messiah would bring and give them freedom from ROME, just like Egypt.
THE WORD OF GOD NOT IN THEM (SO these people also were taught WRONGLY – generation to generation of error)
  • They came to Christ on their own terms with their own conditions
  • They saw Christ through their human interpretation and practice of Moses
  • They comprehended by the flesh, not the Spirit for they were not born of the Spirit
  • They searched the Scriptures for salvation but they spoke of JESUS and His gospel, not them
  • John 5 leaves us seeing the condition of Israel and her spiritual leaders: Dead and blind, feasting on morals not grace!
  • John 6 reveals to us the product of the sheep without a shepherd; feasting on manna not glory!
  • They wanted Jesus as King and would do anything to get Him there
    • They had the numbers, He had the power, they were all in Jerusalem and could do something!
    • Jesus would provide for their bodies and families, how much more could come from His hands if He were made their King!

RECAP: WEEK 42’s notes.
5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 
6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 
  • He sees them and is concerned with their need for food (but mostly spiritual food)
    • He feeds them to later show them their true god… their bellies.
    • Mark records the crowd running and trying to catch up on the north side of the hill and that Jesus taught them for a while, then speaks of them needing to eat.
    • JOHN focuses on the continuity of his gospel’s THEOLOGY, not CHRONOLOGY
  • He inquires, not for the sake of needing to know, but for the image of revealing that NOTHING could be done with ANYONE’S help. It was a HOPELESS cause
    • Just as it was hopeless for these people to eat food, it is hopeless for these people too be fed the true bread from heaven.
7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 
  • Mary needing wine
  • Jews thinking 48 years
  • Nicodemus thinking natural birth and wind
  • Samaritan woman considering a bucket of water
  • Disciples looking for real food
  • Philip looking at the world’s market
  • Andrew shows that this is an impossible task
    • The disciples never once considered that Jesus COULD do anything, they set out to prove that they could neither AFFORD nor PRODUCE any food that would feed the 13 of them, much less the crowd. 
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 
  • HE could have asked the crowd to bring all they had etc.
  • INSTEAD he asked them to sit down in an orderly fashion, he had a plan, he was going to feed them
  • WHAT were the disciples thinking at this moment as Jesus only had the one man’s lunch.
  • 5000 men alone were to large to handle and feed, but also women and children could make this crowd a number of 15-20K large. 
  • Imagine that 5K men could easily have overtaken Jesus at any point. 
11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 
12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 
14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”
  • Many believed he was messiah, but they did not know his intention nor their need for true salvation.

  • With Rome and the Jews
  • With Herod Antipas (Galilean King) Mark 6; though JTB had risen from the dead.
  • Ceasar – John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”
  • JESUS KINGSHIP was to die by the Spear, not Fight by the Spear
  • JESUS withdrew from them, dispersed the crowd and TOLD His disciples to leave there in boats
  • Jesus went to pray, because what had just happened, and what people wanted to happen were grave and serious events, very burdensome and pushing toward the ultimate end: His crucifixion. 
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 
  • People were looking for him
  • His disciples were looking for him
  • Authorities were looking for him
  • ALL for different reasons: crowed wanted more from him, disciples believed he was their life in the flesh, authorities were fearful of his teaching (against their own)
  • DARKNESS seemed to be the state of men without Jesus; they were scared, alone, and didn’t know where they were going. 
  • EVEN though JESUS had proven His power, when he wasn’t CLOSE, they feared. Even when He was close, they feared: (sleeping in the boat).
  • Jesus had JUST FED (like manna) the multitude and now His people faced the sea!
18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 
  • This act of creation was enough to topple the faith of the men. WE LOSE ALL SIGHT when things go ary. We lose all hope, like being in darkness. (Storm) 
  • The disciples were looking for Jesus
19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 
  • Jesus appears in the sea. MIRACLE number 5: He walks on the water. 
  • He had power over the water, the bread, and now the sea. He defies the laws of nature
  • Peter comes out to him here, but John doesn’t record it because it is already recorded in the Synoptics.
  • THREE OR FOUR MILES is to PROVE that Jesus was not walking on the shore! They were in the middle of the sea.
  • Their fear is not the point of John’s writing… he is focusing on what takes away their fear:
20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 
  • Jesus is our refuge, hope, and life
  • Jesus brings faith for His people so they walk in confidence that he is near
  • Jesus is the only ONE who would have calmed them in this situation, they were no longer afraid.
    • ANY STORM is in the hands of Christ. He is always near… 
21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
  • Jesus also is the GOD of time and space. He moves the boat and the 12 with himself immediately to dry land. 
Psalm 107:23–32
23  Some went down to the sea in ships,
doing business on the great waters;
24  they saw the deeds of the Lord,
his wondrous works in the deep.
25  For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26  They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
their courage melted away in their evil plight;
27  they reeled and staggered like drunken men
and were at their wits’ end.
28  Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
29  He made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30  Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
31  Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
32  Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
22 On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone.


Evangelism is one of those terms/practices that has become culturally determined. Just like everything else in Scripture, if not held to the authority of the text, it will become subject to human error and self-glory. I’ve been thinking about this and hope you’re listening too….



Bible Questions Answered





Catholic Colloquium

In an attempt to be focused and maintain a biblical standard through which I speak, I want to make certain of my purpose in this writing.  I want to disclose the futility of worldly means to a biblical end in relation to marriage, suffering, joy and affection.  Today, the “Humanum” convened at the Vatican, “The Complementarity of Man and Woman: An International Colloquium is a gathering of leaders and scholars from many religions across the globe, to examine and propose anew the beauty of the relationship between the man and the woman, in order to support and reinvigorate marriage and family life for the flourishing of human society.” This gathering of leaders appears to be an attempt to collectively establish a sense of beauty and awe for the “biblical” picture of marriage between a man and a woman.  While these efforts are commendable in one respect, the nature of these “Inter-faith” dialog has me somewhat concerned. (OK, more like a lot).  I readily counter however that I trust in the awesome and sovereign power of God, who before the world began had intentions for such a meeting.  So my faith isn’t discharged or waning by my record here, but rather, my record is for the sake of the body of Christ to have pause to consider the implications.

So that I am not guilty of assuming what is not supported with evidence I will elect to do several things:  First, I will not endorse or rebuke any member or attendee of the colloquium for each participant in his own conscience will be held to the judge of all men.  Second, I am not negating the necessity of a good dialog on marriage and the nature of why so many young women today (referencing today’s speeches from Latin America) are nearly in complete despair that there is any hope of a life-long marriage with a good man.  Third, I do not want to appear insensitive to people of other faiths or theologies, but I am speaking from a strictly Christian (Biblical) perspective on this topic.  Fourth, I am only going to use what is provided in source from the colloquium’s pages rather than make inference from what may seem “ideal” and “obvious” information.  Fifth, I hope to engage my readers in their journey of celebrating the gospel of Jesus Christ, not tear down the efforts to support marriage.  Sixth, my aim is remove myself and my congregation from any support for such a dialog in the name of “religion” or “Christ” or the “Church” or “people of faith”, “community of faith,” or the like.  Seventh, I will make obvious statements for recollection and do my best to keep commentary from the writing.  However, when pressed, I will preach.

On the about page of the Colloquium one can find the sponsorship or organizers listed very clearly.  The site states:

The Colloquium is sponsored by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and
 the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.

At first glance one may glaze over this, but let me point out a few things that the church should consider:

  1. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in short is the same “official” group that founded the inquisition.  The contemporary purpose of the group is to, “spread sound doctrine and defend those points of Christian tradition which seem in danger because of new and unacceptable doctrines.”
  2. The Pontifical “Councils” for family, interreligious dialogue and promotion of Christian unity are all councils of the office of the Pope or “Pontiff”.  The history of the Papal office reveals that the office of Vicar (replacement of Christ) is the Pontiff (bridge builder.)  This means that the one overseeing the mission of these councils considers himself the representative or bridge between God and man.
  3. Family, interfaith dialog and Christian unity are all very good things, but one must readily ask, “does my understanding of scripture allow for a human mediator to man and is that a matter of faith that I can be in unity with?”

Now I want to look at the mission of the meetings.

The Complementarity of Man and Woman: An International Colloquium is a gathering of leaders and scholars from many religions across the globe, to examine and propose anew the beauty of the relationship between the man and the woman, in order to support and reinvigorate marriage and family life for the flourishing of human society.

  1. What do “religions” have to do with marriage? As Christians we are readily and with great precision taught that the marriage is the first institution created by God to portray the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Do all faiths believe this?  Do all faiths follow the Apostolic teaching of Ephesians 5 when Paul clearly teaches that marriage points to “Christ and the church?”  What “leaders” have any thoughts that would align with biblical authority on this matter as it relates to the points in discussion in “examining” and “proposing” [anew] the beauty of “marriage” (the relationship between the man and the woman.)
  2. Does this language of “relationship between” actually indicate marriage or is this an attempt to avoid marital discussion at all?  Does the scripture not declare enough doctrine about these things in Ephesians, Colossians, 1 Corinthians etc.?  Is this conference really about marriage or an attempt to appease the heat given to Francis on his views on marriage?
  3. When did marriage need “support” from world leaders, religions and the like?  The support of marriage is only found in Christ who fulfills the purpose and presence of marriage to begin with.  When did the gospel become unable to “reinvigorate marriage?”
  4. Is family life successful through the reinvigorating of marriage so that human society can flourish?  IF so, then how can these discussions “propose anew” that which is already been examined by God who created it?  Is there anything but the gospel that will reveal the power of God in marriage, family and society?  Would the “plurality” of these discussion find “unity” when there is obviously not unity?

Now some thoughts.  I pray that these words find you understanding that this is not a slap at the intent, but as the adage goes, “the road to hell is paved” with the intents of good men.  (meh.)  While marriage has been preached is it practiced by the church?  I think that if it was, there would be no need to invite “protestant” leaders to such talks as these.  So, in the first place of a batting lineup, let’s make sure that the church “Holds marriage in high honor” (Hebrew 13:4) in both sanctity and picture.  No discussion of this manner is going to make a difference and I pray that maybe one of God’s warriors will proclaim the word of Christ on this matter and God would herald this throughout.  Either way, God’s will be done and His word will go forth for His purpose.  Now some thoughts:

  • Although I respect every man’s desires, I think there is something grave at work when “leaders” share a stage who are not in unity where the purpose is to find unity.
  • Although many can be unified on the matter’s of marriage and its beauty from a world’s point of view, the church knows the purpose and power of God’s provision in marriage, so heretical views on the gospel create heretical world views on marriage and vice versa.
  • Although opportunity could present itself for discussion and gospel-powered rebuke and correction on doctrine (inclusive of marriage), this colloquium is presented in mass media style with marketing to boot.  So it is far short of any personal dialog.
  • Although I appreciate good debate and discourse, I believe the reformers would flip over in their graves to see such a thing, being they gave their lives to combat such blending of beliefs for the sake of any common good.
  • Although the desire to see marriage built, it won’t be by making it pretty again internationally, it will only be by preaching the one true gospel which by design condemns ANY other gospel.

Now to the how.  The site details in quick prose what will happen:

Witnesses will draw from
 the wisdom of their religious tradition and cultural experience as they attest to the power and vitality of the complementary union of man and woman. It is hoped that the colloquium be a catalyst for creative language and projects, as well as for global solidarity, in the work
 of strengthening the nuptial relationship, both for the good of the spouses themselves and for the good of all who depend upon them.

Let’s take a look at the design.  First, notice that the speakers are called witnesses, I make this point so that if you look on the site you will understand.  In some sense, I shudder to think why that word is used and because I do not know for certain, I will not assume.  I believe a witness however, is one who proclaims what is seen.  So, I would personally consider a witness (speaker) one who proclaims in “unity” what is being said among them.  It most likely asserts the “wisdom” and “experience” of each witness and they impart such to the group who will “examine” and then “propose.”  In like manner, here are some things that the church of Jesus Christ should consider:

  1. Wisdom does not come from religious tradition.  The scripture says that Jesus Christ is our wisdom (1 Cor 1:24) which is the reality that birthed my blogging in the first place (Being Wise and More Stupid) in 2006.  So, is there anything good to come out of what even the most sound theologian could offer in wisdom for the picture and beauty of marriage?  The same would go for cultural experience.  Even the weakest of debaters know that appealing to these measures is surely fallacious.
  2. The previous experience and wisdom is stated to allow these witnesses to “attest to the power and vitality” of marriage.  If marriage (man and woman) is so powerful and vital, then why is it under examination as a problem?  I just don’t understand this.  Is this attestation just personal experience with their own marriage?  What if it is failed?  What if it isn’t?  How does this make for global change on the matter without the gospel as the core of the purpose of marriage in the first place?
  3. Being a catalyst is good if the means are coming to an end that is profitable.  For the sake of argument, what if this gathering produced “langage” and “projects” that just turned the world on its head for the sake of biblical marriage (not on the table btw) and everyone never divorced and anything but biblical marriage disappeared.  So what?  What good is making something look better than it really is? What good is a society who considers itself righteous on this issue when in reality it is the suffering marriages that endure through the covenant of God’s grace that matter.  It isn’t about happy-go-lucky utopic unity.  It’s about truth whose name is Jesus Christ and that is really what is at stake here.
  4. Strengthening the nuptial relationship is not possible without knowing what the nuptial relationship is.  It is a microscopic picture of a microcosmic reality of Christ and His church!  What can come out of hearing all of these witnesses who will proclaim everything from one end of the spectrum to the other except further divorce from the true faith?
  5. Please remember my initial statements. I am not being insensitive here.  But those who depend on good marriages would be whom?  Each other, the children, the family, the neighbors?  What does that look like?  What does that even mean?  I ask sincerely with no sarcasm.  I cannot imagine something more drawn from the heart of the purpose of marriage than to put the focus of marriage on the happiness of the ones engaged and related to it.  Marriage is about dying for the good of another who doesn’t deserve it. (See Banner of Truth Article Here)

Much should be said in this matter, but to close I share my thoughts in question as to what this all means for many of us:

  • From these discussions may come some good truth, but will this be seen in the light of truth vs. error or “everyone’s together.”  If it is the latter, we, the church, is in trouble.
  • What do we do when leaders from Evangelical churches who have surely rebuked Francis’ doctrinal errors sit in assembly with him and others who malign Christ and the Word of God?
  • Will this cause further unrest among Baptists especially?  What about Jews? What about the Mormons on the panel? What about the Buddhists?  Yes, all these and more are represented among this convention, so what will come of it?
  • Should conviction arise, do churches write letters, remove themselves from the missions arm of associations, or just implode?
  • What takes place when the world looks at this and then becomes bewildered even more?  Are we to just say, “the god of this world has blinded their eyes?”
  • Isn’t there more important areas to put our time and talent?  More areas of interest on holy things and the things of salvation and the souls of the lost?
  • Will this conversation be used as a ploy to break down truth or a plow to create a harvest?

I have hundreds more questions and I am seriously praying and waiting to see what it is that God has called for in such a gathering.  I readily admit that it disturbs me and more so that some of my peers are there.  I look forward to hearing what they have to say and by God’s grace I pray I will not enforce my back seat ministry upon their convictions, however, I do say that the church of Jesus Christ should be separate from apostasy.

In the end, marriage is only about Christ, not us, not society and it is not for us to consider and propose.  It is not for the state to mandate, it is not for the government to approve.  It is the picture of God’s election of His chosen people who are the bride of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.  May God have mercy upon mercy upon mercy… and He does.  Hold fast church, pray with me and let’s see just what next steps may need to be.  I pray that the church would be in unity, sadly some brothers would rather go to the Vatican among cults than fellowship locally due to doctrine. (That’s personal)

For His Glory By His Grace,

Pastor James

Here we are, the day after the world-wide celebration of Easter, the day Christ arose from the grave victorious over sin and death, establishing atonement for the church and propitiation for God the Father who justifies us as a gift of eternal grace upon grace. So what does Monday bring? Usually the typical, “got to get back to work” or “I am glad this isn’t but once per year” attitude.

Sadly, most people who call upon the name of the Lord for Resurrection Sunday, fall into the “blues” of life on Monday. As someone who has been in this place and longed for every week to be as focused as the Easter week, I understand the position and have found that at best, it is a lack of worship and belief.

Jesus claims in John chapter 4 to be the everlasting and eternal fulfillment of EVERY desire we could possibly have in this life, even over food, sex, family and air! Now, many will see these words and just click the close and write me off as an outlandish surreal fanatic and they would be correct, the problem is not with my views on Christ and His sufficiency, the problem is when we do not agree with God on the matter, which is unbelief.

Jesus is enough.

I could have just written that statement and been done with this article, but for many of us, we don’t really feel this, we don’t really know this Jesus, we just have a Jesus who provides a bloody ticket to some fantasy heaven that will continue to allow us to have the joys of our heart that are truly far from the person of Jesus Christ.  I repeat, that Jesus is Enough.

He is the answer everything because He is everything. And He is everything we need in times of suffering, pain, joy, doubt and fear. This world has blended into the life of the Body of Christ to such an extent that we no longer hold to faith alone in Christ Alone but bleed in philosophy, personal reflection, creative thinking and psychological ideals to answer life’s tough questions. Most of the time, these answers revolve around us and our needs and our wants which in turn puts “us” on the throne of God when He is the all in all and in Him we are all.

Colossians 1:11-14 (ESV)
11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

We have been qualified to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of Christ who is the bread of life!  Why then do we continue to seek peace in this life with the world and the world’s ways.  The end of this seeking is death.  Emotional, physical and sometimes spiritual death.  The believer in Jesus Christ does not keep looking to the world for answers, but they persevere by the power of God who holds them until the end.

1 Peter 1:3-11 (ESV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,
7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully,
11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.
In the end, those who are truly His stand firm, trust and cling to the hope while they suffer and die. Jesus said we would suffer, Jesus promised we would die, He gave us assurance that we would be hated and agonize in this world because of our faith, however, He gives us a greater hope in that we are not of this world and in Him, we live forever set apart for His glory that we will share. The gift is Jesus, the glory is Jesus, the answer is Jesus! Is He your answer? Or are you looking another direction and hoping to find comfort in the arms of another lover?
Jesus is the lover of your soul, trust in Him to be your all sufficient and satisfying King!

This is the rough transcript for the sermon dated Sunday, December 20th, 2009:

The CROSS of Christ – Why Jesus Really Came?
Seeing Christmas through Christ is something that we have TRIED to do over the last two weeks. To some degree I must say that pulling topics out of scripture is dangerous and it is weak and it is a chance for man to do something deadly, create a pretext as ultimate authority.

Looking at LUKE we have seen the Worship and Glory of God in Christ as the LIVING GOD MAN who came to live with us from eternity to be the propitiation for the sins of the church.

MUCH can be said, taught and dived into over this topic which is why it is so dangerous at times, that we could leave out such glorious truths about Christ. But in the essence of our focus, our goal today is to look at Christmas from the lens of Christ once again as the REASON HE was born into this world…

LET US READ John 1:14-18 together: Please stand.

John 1:14-18 (ESV)14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 ( John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’ ”)
16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

As we think on this text, we might ask ourselves, “Why does this have to be a Christmas message?” To answer: “Because the REASON CHRIST CAME TO EARTH was to be GOD in the flesh so HE could DIE ON THE CROSS”

The Cross of Christ is the essence and apex of history. Let’s look at this text in “light” of the “topic” at hand.


John 1:10-11 (ESV)
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.

NOW MOVE THE BOTTOM OF 18 – “NO one has ever seen God”

18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

Can you feel the tension here? God is NOT SEEABLE… He cannot be seen. EVEN CHRIST was not SEEN – The light of God in Christ was still not seen. So the question is now, what did Jesus come to do?

Jesus came to give light: that LIGHT is LIFE and that LIFE is ETERNAL: Listen to this in verse 4
John 1:4 (ESV)
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

NOW listen to Jesus prayer in John 17:

John 16:33 (ESV)
33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 17:1-3 (ESV)
1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,
2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

SO – the trouble is this: How can you know someone you cannot see and is NOT seeable?

The answer is SCRIPTURE or the WORD – See Verse 17
17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Several things that show us GOD:

1. HIS LAW: The law was given through moses – however, the law cannot give us SIGHT to see God – the law just points the way in TRUTH and is gracious… but it is NOT GOD but an pointing to the fulfillment of the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God who is CHRIST! This is also the WORD of GOD – given to moses… His word proclaims His glory to us… It tells of Him.

  • Moses is shown to SHADOW Christ in several ways in John’s Gospel –
  • The serpent on the pole in chapter 3 – MOSES shows the grace of God who tells the truth that if “anyone looks, they will not die.”
  • Jesus says, “So must the Son of Man be lifted up that whoever looks and believes in Him will not die…” para
  • Jesus says in chapter 5 that “If you believe Moses you will believe me and if you don’t believe Moses, you cannot believe me.” Moses writing, God’s WORD points to CHRIST, the fulfillment of TRUTH and GRACE so that we might SEE the LIGHT that gives LIFE and KNOW GOD so that we might have ETERNAL LIFE.
  • Jesus also says that MOSES didn’t give the Jews bread in the dessert, but God did…
  • Jesus is the BREAD OF LIFE…

2. MOSES – saw God, spoke to God, saw the BACK of God when he wanted to see His glory!!
3. His EVANGELIST – Verse 15 – Continuation of John the Baptist’s testimony – John even came a brief moment in life and ministry before Jesus to PROCLAIM HIM as the LAMB of God!
4. GRACE and TRUTH came through CHRIST ALONE – This is GOD in the flesh who is GRACE which is the only way to SEE GOD and TRUTH in that the law, although true, was not the REAL – Christ IS THE REAL – the LAW pointed to CHRIST! – See that the law was a small picture of Jesus – this is the essence of how one can SEE GOD. The fulness of GOD in the flesh – JESUS!

  • THIS IS HOW we see God, Jesus is how we know God, Jesus is GOD’S IMAGE: Perfect SEEING of His glory. LOOK
  • MOSES brought the picture of God’s glory to the people, Moses mediated for the people but Moses could not SHOW the glory of God to the people ultimately because ALL Moses had was the back end view of things!

SO – who is Jesus that He can show us God? Well, look and see:

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

GOD’S WORD shows us JESUS because God’s WORD IS JESUS and God became MAN.

John 1:1-3 (ESV)1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

WORD was in the beginning, before time and the word was with and the word was GOD.


Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV)15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

JESUS came, God came and lived with us and lives with us still and will live with the church forever! JESUS knows us, He is man, He is God and He sits to BE the mediator between God and US forever. He did not pack up and go home, He came to KNOW man forever and be intimate with mankind.


Hebrews 2:14-18 (ESV)
14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham.
17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (ESV)
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.


14b, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

WE have seen GOD’S GLORY – as of the only SON from the FATHER


God is not just something to be studied, He is someone to behold!

2 Peter 1:16-21 (ESV)
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,”
18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.
19 And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,
20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.
21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

1 John 1:1-4 (ESV)1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—
2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—
3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.


God is GRACIOUS, He gives LIFE to the DEAD and SIGHT to the BLIND – In a sense of spiritual sight and life that only He can give. And gives this through HIS SON – Jesus who is ALIVE, real, the WAY, TRUTH and LIFE

God is TRUE – to His promises, His existence, His nature, His glory – now much more than what we cannot see can be seen in the fulness of GRACE – The FULLNESS OF CHRIST! FULLNESS – “Without Measure in chapter 3 – God gives the SON ALL THINGS, Spirit, Love, Power, Dominion… Jesus lacks nothing of Who God Is as He is GOD FULLY – We can know GOD as completely as He is through CHRIST the LIVING WORD!

We cannot take ALL OF THIS IN ONE SITTING… it’s much more than I can handle.

16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

FULNESS OF GOD – The completeness of GOD we can see GRACE UPON GRACE. We can SEE HIS GRACE in Christ and we can RECEIVE His grace through Christ!

How? Through the sacrifice of His Son there is JUSTICE on Sin – He is our mediator, through His flesh and blood, He has brought man to God.

John 1:11-13 (ESV)
11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Grace comes and continues to come – Grace is the essence of SEEING GOD.

Which are you? DID NOT receive Him or DID – If you did, you SEE HIM, that’s the issue here… You see Him and if you see Him you know Him and if you believe, You have been made a child! Given sight to see, believe, love, adore, cherish, treasure and KNOW the God of all the universe as Christ the MAN!