Gospels in 40 Days – April 3
Welcome to our study of the gospels during the Lenten season. Lent is the Christian tradition of preparing for the resurrection of Jesus by taking intentional steps to grow closer to God during the 40 days before Easter. The tradition mirrors Jesus going into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days, where he was tempted by Satan but was able to resist, strengthen, and grow his ministry for the days ahead (Matthew 4). Typical Lenten observances include fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline.
To join the study, pick a reading plan to follow, journal on the day’s reading using the SOAP method of Bible study (see “What’s SOAP?” on our website for details), and check in for daily posts from our study leaders. We hope you will join us this season, intentionally stepping toward God!
John was one of Jesus’ closest apostles. He often referred to himself in his gospel as the disciple Jesus loved. He was also pretty young when he walked with Jesus and watched him die on the cross, and he later played a large role in the expansion of Christianity, penning 1, 2, and 3 John and Revelation as well as his gospel and pastoring a church in Ephesus. His gospel is the most relational of the four gospels as it best describes who Jesus is and helps us to know him better.
Clicking on the following links will take you to the Bible Gateway website where you can read the NIV version of today’s reading:
ALL OF IT: John 1-2
MOST OF IT: John 2:1-12
HIGHLIGHT REEL: John 2:1-12
What does grace mean to you?
Grace in Place of Grace | Becky Newman
John 1:16 – Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.
John is introducing the character of Jesus in chapter 1. Jesus is the Word, life, light, flesh, with us, full of glory, the Son, truth, full of grace, and himself God. He contrasts Jesus full of grace and truth with the law given through Moses. God knows we are sinners who constantly fell, are falling, and will keep falling short of the law, short of perfection. And He loves us so much that He gives us the ultimate grace manifest in Jesus Christ to split the difference in the gap between us sinners and God. The other gospels do a great job of addressing the facts of Jesus here with us — what he did and said while on earth and how what he did and said fulfilled what the prophets said about the Messiah. John’s gospel does a great job of addressing who Jesus is — what is unseen and unheard but links Jesus here with us to God the Father. Grace through Jesus is that link.
At church we sing a song with the lyrics: “At the cross you took my place, with your grace on top of grace.” That lyric must come from this verse 1:16. It’s a catchy song, but I’ve never understood what it meant which is probably why this verse stuck out to me today. “Fullness” indicates that Jesus isn’t going to run out of grace; his tank is always full. So, You’re leading my thoughts to Jesus giving me grace every time I choose to sin, to bridge that gap; that’s the grace in place of grace already given, a big heaping pile-up. Because I believe in Jesus and what he did and said and how that fulfills prophecy, He reveals who He is. I am covered in grace through Jesus.
When I draw near, You are always faithful in teaching and revealing. Thank You for Your grace in place of grace already given, Thank You for loving me so much that You gave me grace through Jesus.
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