Seven Days of the Gospel – John 1-2
“19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders[c] in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.” John 1:19 NIV
“29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 NIV
“35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” John 1:35 NIV
“43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” John 1:43 NIV
“2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” John 2:1-3 NIV
Starting in Genesis 1, the Bible uses the number seven to relate to creation. God spends six days creating the heavens and earth then He rests on the seventh day. As a result, from the very beginning, the number 7 is identified with something being “finished” or complete” or “diving completion.” Animals needed to be at least 7 days old before being used as a sacrifice (Exodus 22:30). Namaan was directed to bathe in the Jordan 7 times to have complete healing (2 Kings 5:10). In Joshua 6:3-4, Joshua was ordered to march around Jericho 7 days and to have 7 priests blow 7 trumpets outside the city walls. We can see throughout the Old Testament (and continued in the New Testament), that 7 is identified with divine completion or perfection.
We will see throughout the Gospel of John that there are seven signs unveiling Jesus as Messiah as well. Before we get to the 7 signs, we’ll explore the first 7 days of John, and see how it corresponds with 7 days of creation.
1 – Day 1 – There is a God. It is NOT me. (John 1:19-28)
In day 1 of creation (Genesis 1:1-5), we see light distinguished from the dark. In John 1:8, we see John pointing out that John, “was not the light, but came to bear witness of the light.” We see the first day when John proclaims his testimony of the coming Messiah. John’s testimony begins with him recognizing that he (John) is NOT the Messiah. John recognized that he (John) is not Elijah or the prophet. John identifies that he is simply called to be one to make the way straight for the Lord. John knew that his role was simply a stepping stone to the Messiah.
The application for John is that we recognize we should be stepping stones for people to encounter Messiah rather than stumbling blocks.
Are you more of a stepping stone to people coming to the Messiah or a stumbling block for people coming to Messiah?
2 – Day 2 – Jesus is Lord to me. (John 1:29-34)
In the second day of creation, (Genesis 1:6-8), the waters from below are distinguished or separated from the waters above. In John 1:29-34, we see John the Baptist distinguish between his baptism with earthly water and the baptism with the Holy Spirit by Jesus. We can also see the second day continues to focus on the witness of John the Baptist. Here we first see the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah.
The second day is when John has a personal encounter with Jesus. John had known Jesus all his life (they were cousins), but this is the first time John recognizes Jesus as Messiah; the Lamb of God.
There are times we can become too familiar with Jesus. He must not be a good teacher, a historical figure, or a family religion. We need to have a real personal encounter with Jesus where we recognize Him as Lord and surrender our lives to Him.
3 – Day 3 – Jesus is Lord, of all. (John 1:35-42)
In the creation account, the third day (Genesis 1:9-13) concerns itself with the appearance of dry land and the development of fruit.
In John, the third day is when John the Baptist continues to proclaim Jesus as the Lamb of God. This time, he proclaims Jesus as the Lamb of God before others, two of his (John’s) disciples. The ministry of Jesus is beginning to bear fruit of its own. Jesus also begins the call to discipleship in these passages.
It is important to experience Jesus and know Him as Lord before we proclaim Him to others. When we do proclaim Jesus to others, understand that it doesn’t have to be from a pulpit before a congregation. Like John the Baptist, we proclaim Jesus before a few first. Are you faithful in sharing Jesus with those around you?
4 – Day 4 – Answer the call to follow Jesus. (John 1:43-50)
The fourth day of creation (Genesis 1:14-19) places emphasis on the lights being set in the heavens.
The fourth day in John’s Gospel is when Jesus leaves for Galilee and begins the call to discipleship for His followers. Jesus, the light of the world, continues to call people to “follow me.” Philip, Peter, Nathaniel, and Andrew begin to follow Jesus as this point – either because they heard preaching of Him, they were introduced to Him, were personally called by Him, or had a personal encounter with Him.
5 – Days 5 and 6 – Be with Jesus in the silence.
In the creation account, day 5 focuses on the creation of the sea and its creatures. This is when Peter and Andrew, fishermen are called.
In John’s account, we aren’t told about what takes place on the fifth and sixth days. Where the Scripture is silent, I believe it is the best practice to remain silent also. All I would suggest from the time of silence on days 5 and 6, is that the disciples are still found following Jesus on day 7.
Times of silence with Jesus are important when we follow Him. Are you making time to be silent with Jesus?
6 – Day 7 – The Messiah is unveiled to the obedient. (John 2:1-3)
In the creation account, day 7 is the day of rest for God.
In John 2, we see it is the “third day” which puts this three days after day four… namely, day seven. On the seventh day this is the first time we find Jesus in a public setting, and the onset of the first of the signs unveiling Jesus as Messiah.
On the seventh day, the day of completion, Messiah is unveiled! On the day of completion, water is turned to wine (wine, at the time represented celebration and the onset of the Messianic age)! On the seventh day, Jesus will be revealed to those who obey Him and fill the water-pots, even when it didn’t make sense! On the seventh day, the King is revealed!
Thank You Lord for the seventh day! Thank You for revelation of Your Son Jesus Christ. Thank You that You are unveiled in the Gospel of John. In the name of Jesus Christ, 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.