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All religions have teachings and traditions that are passed down and revered and believed. Many of the larger or higher religions have their holy books. Hinduism has the Vedas and Upanishads (oo-pan-i-shads) of which the Baghavad Gita is a part. Buddhism has the Tripataka (nearly 40 volumes). Islam has the Koran (Quran). Judaism has the Torah and the OT. Christianity has the Holy Bible. When we talk about the Holy Bible we sometimes refer to it as the canon of Scripture. The word canon means a rule or a standard, a measure, a rod for keeping things straight. It’s like a carpenter’s rule, to give a straight and true line. By canon of Scripture we are talking about what belongs in the Bible and what does not, as our standard and measure. How did the canon come to be and how did it get its authority and when did the church officially recognize these particular 66 books? We should not underestimate the importance of these questions. God’s Word is our life, our spiritual life depends on it. We must know with confidence what’s from God and what’s not.
John and Jesus had a special relationship, so much so that John became known as "the disciple whom Jesus loved." We can have that same kind of relationship with Jesus. This sermon reminds us why we should want to.
The disciple known for his zeal, who at one time wanted to be the greatest in the Kingdom of God, wrote the gospel and showed his maturity in the fact that he never mentioned his name but only refers to himself in obscure terms. He did refer to himself as "the disciple whom Jesus loved." Perhaps what was on John's mind was that in spite of his zeal and personal ambition, he was still loved by Jesus.
In this final Post-Resurrection sermon, Peter is concerned about what is going to happen to John, the youngest of the disciples. Regardless of exactly what Peter meant by the question, Jesus says that he must not be concerned about John, but center his attention on faith following Him. We must not allow others to keep us from faithfully following Jesus.
In the final message from the "Glory Fulfilled" series on the Gospel of John, Pastor Derrick asks a critical question: "What now?"
In our last sermon on the Gospel of John, we step into a scene of Jesus with His disciples. Almost immediately after Jesus has given Peter his calling and told him to follow Him, we see Peter looking back, that is, away from Christ, to compare himself to John, curious of what his calling will be in sharing in Christ's sufferings. Too often when Christ calls us to follow Him, we look away from our leader. Either we compare ourselves to others, question our calling, or simple stop following Christ in order to answer our call. But Christ has called us to follow Him, His path, His footsteps, simple like a child playing follow the leader. His call continues to be and will forever remain, "Follow me."
Philosophers have commented that most people develop self-esteem based on what they're not (in comparison to others). Jesus' comments to Peter help us to look to Jesus for our particular role or road and not get caught in the deadly comparison game.
"Post-Resurrection" appearances of Jesus...