Jesus is the redeemer of fallen humanity
God started it in a garden. It went wrong in the Garden. God restarted it in a garden
John’s Genesis theme
John wants His readers to discover that Jesus is God.
He sends his readers on a treasure hunt to discover this by placing cryptic clues laid out for us to follow.
John uses the word sign instead of “clues”.
The clues are meant to lead us to the discovery: Jesus is the Re-Creator therefore he is God
One of the literary techniques John uses is to retell the well-known Genesis story:
|Genesis 1||Gospel of John 1|
|1 In the beginning God…||In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.|
|1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.||3 All things were made through Him… , and without Him nothing was made that was made.|
|3 Then God said, “Let there be…||3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.|
|3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.||4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.|
God started it in a garden
Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. (Genesis 2:8)
“Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)
Genesis 1:26 “Let them rule (have dominion)…
We were delighted the responsibility for representing the kingdom government on the earth.
Locus of the rule and reign of God was the Garden.
Remember that God’s first commission to mankind was, Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it…(Genesis 1:28). He said those words to Adam and Eve so they would extend the boundaries of His garden – representing His government, His will-to the ends of the earth. His idea was to have a planet engulfed in His glorious rule, with mankind flawlessly ‘proving the will of God’ on earth as it is in heaven…
It went wrong in the Garden
- Pain in pregnancy (Genesis 3:16)
- Marital strife (Genesis 3:16) And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.”
- Lack of ease in fruitfulness (Genesis 3:18)
- All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains.
- Loss of dominion (So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth Gernesis 9:1)
“Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion (Genesis 1)
“Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth (Genesis 9:1)
- When Adam and Eve disobeyed God they did not lose Heaven, they gave up their Kingdom on earth.
- When we listen to Satan we come under His authority.
- Become employed by an evil task master. The only power He has is suggestion. Yes. But once we listen to him He owns us.
- The rulers become ruled!
God restarted in the Garden
1 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 2 She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
3 Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. 4 They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. 6 Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, 7 while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. 8 Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed— 9 for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. 10 Then they went home.
11 Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in.12 She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.
“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”
14 She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. 15 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”
She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”
16 “Mary!” Jesus said.
She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).
17 “Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.
Mary Magdalene was a woman of questionable origins was the first person to meet the risen Jesus. She had had 7 demons (Luke 8:2). What does this tell you about her: She was messed up. She was someone who had given herself over to Satan’s rule. In other words she was representative of the Fall.
Mary mistakes Jesus for the gardener. In doing so, John is letting us know that Jesus is the New Adam. And this New Adam brings order to the Chaos of the old creation.
Jesus redeems Mary:
- He turns her tears to joy
- He reconnects her with God
- He assigns her as the first apostle (She is a sent one).
What does this mean for us?
- Jesus is destroying the chaos in our lives
- Jesus has hope for us no matter how dark it may seem
- Jesus breaks the power of Satan in our lives
- Jesus restores women
- Jesus give us a purpose
Other Sermons In This Series
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November 28, 2017