"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 and 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
world, not only 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 all of 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's
followers hardly even tried, 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
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.
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's 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?