November 2020 | Grace Reformed Church
We return again this morning to the gospel of John, and today we’re going to start chapter 3, which is a chapter containing possibly the most referenced verse in all of scripture—maybe you’ve seen it in the background at a sporting event or on the bumper of a car—that verse that so encapsulates the gospel in its essence that it is the one verse that we point people to if they’re going to hear just one verse of scripture.
We return this morning to the gospel of John, in chapter 3. Last week we looked at the first thirteen verses of chapter 3, at most of Jesus’s exchange with the Pharisee Nicodemus. This week we get to relish a bit in that (possibly) most famous verse of the bible, John 3:16, which comes early on in the passage we look at today. But naturally, we will make sure to examine the entire context of that verse so we can truly understand what it means, see why it shows up here, in this exchange with Nicodemus.
We return again to the gospel of John, looking today at the second half of the second chapter. Last week we looked at what was the first sign that Jesus did, the first of seven that John refers to specifically to prove that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah. Timing-wise I guess I should have pushed that off to this week—it would have been nice to preach on the turning of water into wine on the same day we have communion, but hopefully at the very least that message was a good preparation for today.