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"All great truths begin as blasphemies." − G. B. Shaw
Gospel of John Laments
Early in the writing of his Gospel John gives four laments, and in these is his answer to one of the most important questions we can ask about the J-person incident, which is: Why are we still here dying in this sordid world 2000 years later? See John 1:10,11,17,18 3:17-19,31-33.
Temporarily failed effort?
It should be realized that John is writing his Gospel to CONTRAST with and to CORRECT the direction most of the other twelve disciples have taken with their inadequate understanding of the J-person and his message, and he is lamenting their lack and this unproductive development. He is saying that the great salvation came and did NOT elicit a productive response, that at least temporarily the effort failed miserably.
The first lament
John 1:10,11 He was in the universe, and the universe was made through him, yet the universe knew him not. He came into his own place, yet his own people did not receive him.
Commentary - John is not only talking about the Jewish people in general not receiving the J-person but is talking about most of the disciples, in that the record indicates they did not really listen to the J-person in order to understand God.
The second lament
John 1:17,18 No one has ever understood God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him plain.
Commentary - John is plainly saying here that before the J-person came literally not one man in history ever had the correct understanding of God's character and values, not Abraham, nor Moses, nor Elijah, nor Daniel, nor etc. Now men have that opportunity and yet most of the J-person' followers did not even try, they let their old concepts, their moldy-bread religion, get in the way and they kept on being perverse, narrow minded, short sighted, and focused on the miracles instead.
The third lament
John 3:17-19 The one choosing what to believe within Him is not judged; the one not choosing to believe is judged at that point, because he has not believed in the authority of the only-begotten Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men desired the darkness more than light, and their achievements were for misery.
Commentary - This is a lamentable description of what happened in that MOST of Christianity and Gnosticism is built on the darkness of old, wrong conceptions of God's nature, character, purpose, plan and values. These traditional concepts are contrary to what the J-person said and did to show and tell us what God is really like.
The fourth lament
John 3:31-33 The one coming from beyond is above all; the one being from the earth is of the earth, and of the earth he speaks; the one who comes from heaven is above all. That one witnesses about what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony;
Commentary - When John relates, "Yet no one receives his testimony", he is including and describing ALL the people having become fascinated with the J-person' personal charisma and miracles, and fixated on his personal presence to be an earthly king or are in anticipation of his formally coming again, instead of believing him and understanding the character, purpose, and values of God through him. Literally no one, not even John, had been able to believe the words and message of the J-person without the tangible evidence of his resurrection. The situation was/is not so good, was/is it?