Sermons on John
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name (John 1:12 NKJV). Salvation is a free gift to all who believe and receive.
He came to His own… (John 1:11). The baby of Christmas was and is God, who took the initiative and came to us, because we are His and He wants a relationship with us.
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me (John 10:27 NKJV). Following Christ does not make one a Christian, but following Christ demonstrates one IS a Christian.
Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy (John 16:20 NKJV). For a Christian, sorrow might come for a while, but it will be replaced with joy that lasts for eternity.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10 NKJV). Jesus died that we might live. In His resurrection, we gain eternal life.
And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him… (John 19:17-18a NKJV). Good Friday is about the cross… “that old cross, where Jesus suffered and died.”
On Palm Sunday, Jesus presented Himself to Israel as their king and messiah, and does the same for us today, expecting our response to that offer.