Gospel of John Study – Ep. 08

John 4:43-54 is the focus of this weeks study of the Gospel of John. Jesus returns to Cana in Galilee and brings one part of his ministry to an end and begins another.

Homework:

  • Reflect on how the rebukes of Jesus are not condemnations, but calls to a deeper relationship. Jesus in his mercy wounds us only so that we may have greater healing. Take courage in the face of rebukes and, like the royal official, persist in prayer.
  • Meditate on how Jesus is life. What does this mean to you and how does it change your life and actions?

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Comments 3

  1. It is not always easy to “accept” Jesus’ rebukes when I experience them. To think of them as an invitation to deepen my relationship with him is something to practice. In doing so, it seems to open a similar door to move into a deeper relationship with people who “rebuke” me as well as when I am critical of myself.

    I look forward to being part of the Realm group.

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      I think you are right. Many of the saints have said we should have the same response to rebukes from anyone. As difficult as it is to practice, it is a sure path to humility and holiness.

  2. The comment made by Jesus that “a prophet is not without honor except in his native place” was made after teaching in the synagogue in Nazareth, a small town in Galilee where he was raised. He was rejected by the people there since they knew his parents and kinfolk and were astonished at His wisdom. He was not able to perform any mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith. (Mark 6:1-6). However, people in other areas of Galilee were aware of His works in Cana (also in Galilee) and at the festival in Jerusalem (since they had also been there), and would have welcomed Him.

    All that aside, you have helped me to better understand that people are believing in Jesus, but for the wrong reasons.

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