Unveiled – Discovering Messiah in the Fourth Gospel, by Ty Tamasaka
“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:1-3 NIV
Some Bible commentators suggest that John the Apostle who wrote the Gospel of John knew Jesus long before he became His follower. John’s mother was a woman named Salome, whom some suggest was the sister of Mary, the mother of Jesus. That would make John and Jesus cousins. If that were the case, it is likely that Jesus and John spent time together growing up, talking, laughing, and playing games.
Can you imagine what it would take to convince you that your cousin/childhood pal is God and cause you to leave everything behind to follow Him? What would it take for you to leave everything behind and devote the rest of your life to proclaim to the world that your cousin is God it the flesh?
The Gospel of John is focused on unveiling Jesus the Messiah. As we journey through this Gospel, it is important to distinguish between miracles and signs. Miracles are amazing displays of God’s power. When reading the Gospel of John, it is easy to get confused. This Gospel is NOT a book of miracles. When looking at the text, we can seek that it is a book of signs. The purpose of a sign is to point to something. As we read the Gospel of John, watch for the signs pointing to Jesus the Messiah.
1 – The Seven Signs – Pointing to Jesus Christ the Messiah
As we journey through the Gospel of John, watch for the signs – pointing to Jesus.
The first three signs show how salvation comes to the sinner:
1. Jesus turns water into wine (2:1–11)—salvation comes from the Word
2. Jesus heals the nobleman’s son (4:46–54)—salvation comes by faith
3. Jesus heals the paralytic (5:1–9)—salvation is by grace
The last four signs show the results of salvation in the believer:
4. Jesus feeds the 5,000 (6:1–14)—salvation brings satisfaction
5. Jesus stills the storm (6:16–21)—salvation brings peace
6. Jesus heals the blind man (9:1–7)—salvation brings light
7. Jesus raises Lazarus from death to life (11:38–45)—salvation brings life
We can see from John’s Gospel that he paid close attention to the signs that pointed to Jesus. As we explore these passages search in your life what points to Jesus.
2 – The Seven I AM statements – Describing Jesus Christ the Messiah
Since John places his focus on the signs that point to Jesus Christ, it is only fitting that he emphasizes who Jesus is to his audience. Of course these names speak of the deity of Jesus Christ. If we look back at Exodus 3:14, we will see God’s name is I AM.
As we journey through John, we should note the seven I AM statements of Jesus Christ:
• I AM the Resurrection and the Life—11:25
• I AM the way, the truth, and the life—14:6
3 – The Seven Witnesses in John
In John, there are seven witnesses who identify Jesus. They are as follows.
1. John the Baptist: “Behold, the Lamb of God…” (1:34)
2. Nathaniel: “Rabbi, you are the son of God…” (1:49)
3. Peter: “…you are the Holy One of God!” (6:69)
4. Jesus Christ: “I and the Father are one!” (10:30)
5. Martha: “I believe that you are the Son of God!” (11:27)
6. Thomas: “My Lord and my God!” (20:28)
7. John: “…Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God…” (20:31)
The book of John is truly an unveiling of Jesus as Messiah. In this study, we will explore the first few chapters of the book and see Jesus unveiled.
Lord open the eyes of my heart to see You, know You, and live according to Your Word in the name of Jesus Christ the Messiah, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.