The Gospel of John 3:22-36

We are now studying John 3:22-36. There are a couple of things going on at the same time here. Jesus and His disciples are outside of Judea and they are learning from Jesus and baptizing. At this same time John is at Aenon with his disciples. John’s disciples get into an argument with a certain Jew. We are not told who this certain Jew is or what exactly the argument about ceremonial washing was referring to.

I think we can safely assume that this argument was about baptism. This section starts off talking about baptism and immediately after we hear of the argument it goes back to baptism. So my guess is a Jewish person, probably a Pharisee like Nicodemus is trying to understand why Jesus and John are baptizing Jews. It also should be mentioned that Jesus was not baptizing himself but His disciples were (John 4:2).

So after this discussion John’s students go back to him and they are worried. They are afraid that this man Jesus is going to get a bigger following than John. I think today’s application on this is the church and it’s constant concern for other churches getting more members. I have heard church members talk about not wanting to work with a church on something because they are afraid they may lose some members. What we must realize is that God sees one church and one denomination. It should thrill us when we hear about a church growing. The angels are throwing a party so why aren’t we(Luke 15:10).

If you read the rest of this section with that in mind it will help you see that each of us are just a part of announcing that Christ has come. We should seek to be humbled and made small as we proclaim this news to the lost. We should be thrilled for the groom (Christ) when we hear of another coming to Him. Be it an individual or a growing church.

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One Response to The Gospel of John 3:22-36

  1. Pooja says:

    If God tell you take a step of faith but you hesitate to take it until he shows you what the scoend step will be, your are not waiting on God. He is waiting on you. my heart had been really broken with this sentence.because it was really my challenge today.when I was praying in morning I feel that I have preach the Gospel of Christ for my friends. but the environment was not comfort. they may will not want to hear me& it is difficult to me to approach to them to tell them the my heart is feel with sorry that why I ask the Lord to tell me his will for me in each of my life unless I OBEY

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