Gospel of John

The “GREATER THAN” sayings: Jesus is greater than Feast of Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles is a celebration to thank God for the blessings He bestowed upon the people during the Wilderness wanderings. God protected them on this forty year journey, and provided for them everything they needed.

His presence was in the form of a column of cloud by day, which transformed into a column of fire at night. This physical sign was to constantly remind the people that God was with them. He leaded them by sending these signs to the places they had to go, and when they stopped, the nation would set up camp.

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In the Feast of Tabernacles, God’s presence with the nation is represented by the two elements of water and light. People will sprinkle water, and light candles during the festivities. Water signifies, for me, cleansing and healing. On days when I am extremely tired and feel overburdened, I try to find a swimming pool. There I will lay on my back, floating on the water, looking up into the sky. And talk to God as if His face is right there, where my eyes settle. Water is also the means of baptism, a ceremony where we declare our birth into a new family, with God as the Father and Jesus as our brother.

LIGHT

Light dispels darkness. It shows us what the reality is, and forces us to see our need for cleansing, and for God.

John repeatedly connects Jesus to the elements of water (John 7.37-38) and light (John 8.12), showing us that Jesus is better than the Feast of Tabernacles. In fact. Jesus went to the wilderness on our behalf, for forty days and forty nights. Like the nation Israel, He was tempted there, and He succeeded to resist the devil. In this, He gave us something new to celebrate: victory over sin!

BAPTISM

Jesus is better then the Feast of Tabernacles, because He lights the way for us, and through His blood, we are cleansed.

Amen and amen.

 

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THE “GREATER THEN” SAYINGS

Jesus is greater than the Jewish Traditions

As we already know, a large portion of John’s original audience was people from the Jewish culture and religion. For this reason, he makes several statements about Jesus that has the purpose of showing how Jesus is “GREATER THAN” the Jewish traditions and religious beliefs and figures.

I am focusing in the next few sessions on the contrast between Jesus and the Jewish traditions.

Jesus is greater than the Passover

The Passover is an important celebration in the Jewish tradition. As a reminder to you, this is the festival that relates to the nation’s redemption from Egyptian slavery. If you want to read the full version, find it in Exodus. In short, God hears the pleas of the people, and sends Moses and Aaron to free them from slavery. Pharaoh refuses on several occasions to let them go, and each time God hits Egypt with a plague. The last of the ten plagues is the death of all the firstborns in the land. The people of Israel is given clear instructions on how to keep their houses safe (more…)

THE “GREATER THAN” SAYINGS.

Why would John include this in his gospel?

Joh 20:30, 31  And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (KJV)

When John started to write his gospel, he had a specific audience and purpose in mind. These two influenced how he wrote his gospel, and what he decided to include. No writer is able to give a clear moment-by-moment eyewitness account of life. This would be impossible to achieve for two reasons. First, it would take up too much space. Secondly, it would be beyond boring. Really, it would.

Therefore, not one of the writers of the gospels ever tell us that Jesus bathed, brushed his teeth, combed his hair or ate dinner. That does not mean he did not do these things, it only means that usually they were not important to the purpose of writing or to the intended audience. On several occasions we do read that Jesus ate, (more…)

The “GREATER THAN” SAYINGS

Why would John include this in his gospel?

Joh 20:30, 31  And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (KJV)

When John started to write his gospel, he had a specific audience and purpose in mind. These two influenced how he wrote his gospel, and what he decided to include. No writer is able to give a clear moment-by-moment eyewitness account of life. This would be impossible to achieve for two reasons. First, it would take up too much space. Secondly, it would be beyond boring. Really, it would.

Therefore, not one of the writers of the gospels ever tell us that Jesus bathed, brushed his teeth, combed his hair or ate dinner. That does not mean he did not do these things, (more…)