Take a Look Curriculum: Present
by Scott Hamilton on 23rd Mar 2020
1. How should the definition of ‘receiving’ Jesus in v12 shape our relationship with Him?
2. How does v12-13 reveal the radical nature of our adoption? Why do you think John wanted his readers to know this?
3. Take a look at Exodus 33-34. What is it that John is keen to communicate in verse 14?
4. Which promises of God have been particularly tangible to you right now?
'I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell.
You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord & God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. . . .' C. S Lewis
Consider the quote above. How does it help us engage with someone who says that Jesus was less than God?
How do we try to satisfy the glory hunger God has designed us with? How should these verses change that?
(See Isa 43:7, Rom 1:22-23, 2 Cor 4:6)
What does it look like for us to be grace and truth people?
Looking at v14 and 16, how might the grace that Jesus brings speak into the lives of those who don’t know him?