When we were born of our biological parents, we inherited their life, i.e. at least some of their genetic makeup. What are 1 or 2 positive traits of your parents that you have inherited from them and are thankful for (e.g. musically talented, generosity, being tall, etc).
Focus: Jesus Christ came to the earth with the goal that He could come into us and be our very life.
I. Christ wants to be man’s life:
A. In Greek, there are three different words translated into the English word ”life”:
a) Bios – the visible, physical life; related to the word “biology”
b) Psuche – the soul-life, the life of the soul; related to the word “psychology”
c) Zoe – God’s divine, uncreated, eternal life
B. Many Christians, when asked the question: “Why did Jesus come to this earth?” would respond that He came to die for our sins. This is true. But Jesus Himself gives us the ultimate reason for His coming to the earth in John 10:10b. What does this verse say?
C. Why is it important to know that the word “life” in John 10:10b is zoe, and not bios or psuche?
D. What adverb describes how Jesus gives us life in John 10:10b and why is it important?
E. Read John 11:25 and 14:6a (note: the Greek word for ‘life’ in these verses is zoe). Based on these verses, what does it truly mean for Jesus to give us life?
F. In John 11:25 and 14:6 Jesus said “I am the life.” The apostle Paul says something similar but a little different in Col. 3:4. What is the significance of the word “our” in this verse?
II. Can we ever lose Christ once we receive Him as our life?
A. Read John 10:28-29. What assuring point do we see in these verses about the Lord giving Himself to us as the eternal life?
B. Read Romans 6:23 and 11:29. How do these verses go together? What do they prove? Be sure to look up the definition of “irrevocable.”
- Read John 17:3. What is the way that we experience Him as our life in this verse? How do we get to “know” someone? Apply this to our getting to know the Lord Jesus.
- Read John 20:30-31. These verses give us 2-3 ways to experience Him as our life. Focus on the last way, revealed in the very last phrase of verse 31. What does this mean and how can we practically do this?
John 10:10b I have come that they may have life and may have [it] abundantly.
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall live;
John 14:6a Jesus said to him, I am the way and the reality and the life
John 10:28-29 And I give to them eternal life, and they shall by no means perish forever, and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.
Colossians 3:4 When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 11:29 For the gracious gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Him whom You have sent, Jesus Christ.
John 20:30-31 Moreover indeed many other signs also Jesus did before His disciples, which are not written in this book. But these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, you may have life in His name.