Meditate – John 2:23-25
We’re practicing this idea of “meditating” on scripture this week. Three ways we talked about doing that are:
- Channel your inner toddler – “Why? Why? Why?”
- Visualize/Cast yourself in the scene
- Preach the paragraph – “What’s the point?”
Today’s assignment was three small verses: John 2:23-25
Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. 24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, 25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.
Kind of a small piece, but it’s there for a reason, right?
1 – Channel your inner toddler
- Why was Jesus in Jerusalem for the Passover?
- What kind of signs was He probably doing? Why did that make people believe?
- What does it mean that He didn’t “commit” Himself to them?
- Why are we told that, “He knew all men”?
- Why doesn’t He need anyone to “testify”? Aren’t we supposed to share our testimonies and talk about Jesus?
- Why do verses 24 and 25 give the same reason (“because He knew all men/what was in man”) to different statements?
- What’s the difference between knowing all men (v. 24) and knowing what was in man (v. 25)? Is there a difference?
2 – Visualize
You’re one of the many, many people who have come to Jerusalem for Passover. The city is packed with people. There are no televisions or radios to carry news. You and your family have probably travelled a long distance to be there, and spent a little bit of money in the process.
This is early in Jesus ministry, so it’s unlikely that you’ve heard of Him. He probably hasn’t been to your town yet.
How are you feeling being in Jerusalem? Tired from the journey? Annoyed at the expense? Excited about the holiday? Happy to be on a vacation with your family in the holy city? Do you like big crowds, or does it make you uncomfortable?
How/Where do you first see Jesus? Is He preaching in the street, or a local synagogue? What is your reaction the first time you see Him lay hands on someone and heal them? What about when He casts a demon out of someone? Are you interested in what He has to say after that? There hasn’t been a prophet from God in 400 years, do you believe that what He’s saying is really from God? Do you really believe that He is the Messiah that has been prophesied about for thousands of years?
3 – Preach it
What is the point of these three verses? They don’t seem to tell us anything dramatic. It seems pretty simple. But it’s in scripture for a reason. How does this impact your faith, or apply to your life today? Click here to leave a comment and tell us what you think the point of these verses is.
Check back tomorrow for the next piece.