Meditate – John 3:22-36

We’re practicing this idea of “meditating” on scripture this week. Three ways we talked about doing that are:

  1. Channel your inner toddler – “Why? Why? Why?”
  2. Visualize/Cast yourself in the scene
  3. Preach the paragraph – “What’s the point?”

Our week started with John the Baptist, and now it’s ending with John the Baptist!

After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized. 24 For John had not yet been thrown into prison.

25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified—behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!”

27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ 29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.

“30 He must increase, but I must decrease. 31 He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. 33 He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.

“35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

1 – Channel your inner toddler

  • Why did Jesus baptize people?
  • Why were John’s disciples arguing with the Jews about purification?
  • Why did John’s disciples come to tell him about Jesus baptizing?
  • Who is the bridegroom? Who is the bride?
  • Why is John’s joy fulfilled?
  • Why does John say that no one receives Jesus’ testimony?
  • Why does he say that God doesn’t give the Spirit by measure? What does that mean?
  • Why has the Father given all things to the Son?
  • Why does the wrath of God abide on people who do not believe in Jesus?

2 – Visualize

You’re John the Baptist. You spent decades preparing yourself for this ministry, and here you are – doing what you’ve been told to do. It seems to be going well. People are coming, repenting, and being baptized. You’ve been at it for months, and it’s still going. You’ve seen the Son of God, just like God said you would, and you told everyone who He was, just like God told you to. You’re still baptizing away, just doing what you’ve been told to do.

Are you tired of this yet, or is it way better than being in the desert getting ready? Do you wonder how much long you’ll be at it? Did anything change after you baptized Jesus? Should it have changed? Did you want to go with Jesus when He left? Why didn’t you?

What is it like preaching all day and seeing people come to faith and salvation? Is it hot where you are? Are the crowds still as big as they were before? You have some guys who have dedicated themselves to be your disciples. Did you think you’d have disciples?

What’s your first thought when you hear Jesus is back in the area, and baptizing people? Do you think He’s come to take over your ministry? Maybe He’s come back to get you? Are you hoping to see Him again? Do you have questions for Him?

3 – Preach it

What’s the point of this little mini-sermon from John? What does it teach us about how to do ministry, or about our relationship with Jesus? How does John’s insight apply to you today? Click here to let us know what you think.