የዮሐንስ ወንጌል ትርጓሜ /8/Commentary 8 Main teachings of the Gospel of John

Main teachings of the Gospel of John

5. " I am the resurrection and the life" (John 11:25).

He spoke these words by the tomb of Lazarus. By the Name which triumphs the struggles of time, The Lord reveals His Word and wonders. When Abraham felt incapable, God revealed Himself as Elshadai (Gen 17:1). Feeling incapable is not a problem, but to lack faith in the One capable of all things definitely is. At a moment when death has seemed to prevail, He speaks of resurrection. Even when the last breath is drawn, He speaks of life. God never speaks of the present moment. It is more than enough that human beings contemplate on current conditions. But it is the desire of God to speak of what is to follow. The Lord holds the future which we have not yet lived to see. He is not only the resurrection but also the life. Resurrection is the awakening from death. But life is of the living. Resurrection is the vengeance of death, but life glorifies God. Resurrection is to disengage from the authorities of the darkness, while life involves finding rest in the dominion of Christ. There will be some that will awaken from death but not have life. Christ is the resurrection that begins the end, and a prosperous life to unveil. Death does not exist in the presence of the Lord. Resurrection is for the flesh and life is for the soul. He supports our flesh and soul. He takes us from the region of the dead to unite us with the living. Giving us a heart of revelation, He makes us to live a life filled with love. An educated and successful being who is void of love can only take part of a resurrection which is deprived of the life it was meant to come with. Could it be that our intention is to live? Some live like their intention is to fall, and some live with the intention to cause others to fall. Some intend to live for the pleasure of sin. Hezekiah had his own intentions. Having been delivered from death he performed a deed that was harmful to his nation (2 Kings: 20). May our intentions be centered in the everlasting life.

6. "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life" (John 14:6).

The following is a mystery. But those who hold on to the God of all mysteries find what is to come, with no evidence, exhilarating. The way to live does not only consist of awareness , but an oblivious state as well. The state of not knowing what our loved ones are feeling, the actions of our companions or the schemes of our enemies is one of the source of our happiness. To live assured that God knows it all for us is special. We do not know what tomorrow holds, but we know God and He holds tomorrow. Knowing God releases us from the urge to know particular things. This is because we rest assured that He knows it all on our behalf. Knowing God and having an assurance of His Knowledge fills us with joy. Imagine how pleasant it would feel if you were even known by a king on earth more than you know him. It is all the more exciting to know that God knows us better than we can ever know Him. The question 'how' directs us to learn the process or method of a deed. But this question is not applicable to God. Our Lord Jesus Christ gave a response to this question when He said: "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life" (John 14:6).

It is right. He is the way, He is the Truth and He is the Life. There is no destination with out a way to get there, there is no knowledge without any truth to acquire, and there is no living without having life. Christ is the righteous way, the veracity that does not delude , the life which will never perish. Those who walk in the way of the Lord know the truth, and the truth will set them free and bring them glory with everlasting life.

7. "I am the true vine" (John 15:1)

Adam used to be our vine. When this vine became infected all its branches were also infected and their fruits became bitter. The branches are in likeness with the vine. Jesus Christ came to earth and became the succeeding Vine. Those who believe in Him will be grafted onto this vine among the other believers and they will bear fruits. He did not come to refine the old, but to detach us from it and bind us to Himself. The branches found on the old vine will only take part in the debt owed. But those united to the new vine will take part in everlasting life. Some believers fear due to their families involvement in paganism traditions, thinking it may affect them in some sort. Other believers fear due to a curse that has been passed down in their family roots. The remedy to this is to become grafted with the new vine. When a believer is united with Christ it is unavoidable to get detached from the old vine. Those who do not exist in Christ subsist in Adam. There is no other vine that is separate and independent of the two. Those who subsist in Adam carry the burden of debt passed on the lineage of humanity, while those who live in Christ gain the ransom paid for it.

It is definite that You Are whom You Are and by this essence we live.

Glory be to Your Name!