Spoiler Alert …
Today we’re reading John 1:12-22, and the SOAP passage is John 1:22
After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said.John 1:22
The End Before the Beginning
Both of my daughters love to read, however, one of them is known to – and even enjoys starting in the back of the book just to see how it ends. It drives me crazy, I don’t want to know the ending I want to follow along from the beginning and imagine along the way where or how it will end. For Abi though it somehow makes the journey a bit better when she knows where she’s going and exactly what is going to happen at the end of the destination. She’s not a surprise me kind of girl. As I began to write the outtake of this passage this quirky little habit of hers came to mind as I reflected on the oddness of John’s spoiler alert, not only that Jesus died but that He had been raised from the dead. WHAT? Didn’t we just ‘see’ Him as He was traveling through Galilee meeting disciples turning water into wine? Yes, we did, but John has a point to make throughout his Gospel that causes him to take a different approach than the other three. Instead of sharing these details at the end of Jesus’ ministry he shares them right up front and let’s the listener/reader know the end almost before the beginning. Why such a spoiler alert? Simply put, it is a way of letting the people know who He is and giving them proof all along the way that confirms what they’ve already been told and deepens the roots of their faith.
The Benefit of Remembering
“His disciples remembered that He (Jesus) had said this.” Of all the lines in this 11 verse passage, I believe this is my favorite. It seems to me that it is the key to our believing and finding hope in the difficult times of life. To have the Word planted in us and then see it coming alive around us not only deepens the roots of our faith but it heightens our senses to His work and presence in and around us. It’s a great example of why it’s important and beneficial to follow God’s instructions to teach the Scriptures diligently to our children and talk about them when we are at home or when we walk along the road, or lie down and get up, 1 and perhaps why Solomon wrote the words of Proverbs 4:20-22, telling his son not to lose sight of His words but to let them penetrate his heart, emphasizing that they were life to those who find them and healing to their whole body. God’s Word is important, it is valuable beyond measure and it is meant to be remembered. So important is ‘remembering’ to the deepening of our faith that God gave us His Spirit to teach us and to remind us of everything Jesus said (John 14:26).
Note what happens after they remembered … “they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said.” We have to be careful to understand they had already believed in Jesus and had chosen to follow Him as disciples – but what they had believed was now solidified with more proof. Their confidence in who Jesus was – was being strengthened – and yet again, the roots of their faith were growing deeper.
Have you believed in Jesus? Have you trusted that He is who He says He is – the Son of God, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world? I plead with you to keep reading, keep listening, and remember what you have seen and heard about Him. – I would love to know if you have believed – so that I can send you a small gift and a tool to help you grow in your new life of faith. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The benefits of ‘remembering’ are still the same today. Whether we memorize Scripture, remember verses from our childhood, have them on notecards, read the Scriptures daily, or the Spirit reminds us of one – the benefit of being familiar with God’s Word is great comfort in times of stress and strife, it is courage for our fears, peace that guards our hears and minds as we live in Christ Jesus. it is a lamp to guide us in our decisions and a light that illuminates God’s will and way. It is protection when we are tempted and strength when we are weak. It’s benefits are actually countless and invaluable to our faith. So, we must do well at following Solomon’s words of wisdom and not allow ourselves to lose sight of God’s Word, what He has done or said , but rather let it penetrate our hearts and minds – for, as the Proverb says, His words will bring life to those who find them and healing to our whole body, and they will help us not sin against Him. We would be wise to keep our minds on Him the giver of “perfect peace”, on His Word, His accomplishments, and His mission so that our faith roots grow deeper, our trust is strengthened and we are able to share the message with others.
Father, thank you for the richness of Your Word – the promises and the fulfillments. The hope and the confidence we gain from it is priceless. It is the power to save and the strength to continue. Help us to fix our eyes on You – to remember the battle is over and the victory is won!
Me from the Inside Out –
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