Sermons on John
The Message That Changes Lives
In John 20:19-23 Christ breathes the Spirit on His disciples. John describes this action in ways similar to Genesis 2:7 where God breathed the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils. Christ, the author of the new creation, who became a life-giving Spirit through His resurrection, sovereignly brings dead sinners to life through the giving of the Spirit. Thus, anyone in Christ is a new creation.
In John 19:28-30, Jesus declares His work to be finished on the cross. What is He declaring to be finished? Pastor Grasso shows that this is the culmination of Christ’s work of new creation. As God completed His work on the sixth day and declared everything very good, so too, Christ on the cross declares His work to be completed. All of those in Him have entered the new creation.
In John’s famous prologue that opens his gospel (1:1-18), John opens with a description of Christ going back to eternity. Christ, as the eternal Son of God, existed in eternity with the Father and became flesh to save those who receive him from sin. He is not an ordinary person, not merely a good teacher, he is God himself, and therefore there is a requirement to receive him as such for all people.