“AMEN AMEN LEGO HUMIN”
Jesus was fond of using the phrase “Truly I say to you”, but the “double” version, with the repeated AMEN, is found only in John’s
He seems to use it to mark things which he wants people to remember.
In recent weeks, I’ve been working through the “Truly, truly” statements of the gospel, taking them individually.
The time has come to bring them together, to see what message they’re presenting when taken as a whole.
You shall see heaven opened
“Truly, truly, I say to you; you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man”- ch1 v51
The opening statement in the sequence prepares the way for the others, by showing Jesus to be the “middle man” between heaven and earth.
He is the Son of Man, but he is also God’s representative upon earth.
That’s how he can bring the two parties together.
The “true Israelite” is one who can recognise what he is doing.
You must be born anew
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God” – ch3 v3
“Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” –ch3 v5.
“Truly, truly I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen; but you do not receive our testimony”- ch3 v11
So the benefits of his work for men begin with a new relationship.
The believer is “born afresh” as one of the children of God.
The new birth comes by means of the power of God, acting through the Holy Spirit.
But this requires us to listen to and believe in the message which Jesus brings.
The hour is coming
“Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees his Father doing” –ch5 v19
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life”-ch5 v24
“Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of Man, and those who hear will live”-
The Father has sent the Son for the purpose of offering new life, a life which will be eternal.
So the believer receives this life as a consequence of the new relationship.
But this depends on “hearing the voice of the Son of Man” – that is, as already observed, it requires us to listen to and believe in the message
which Jesus brings.
The true bread from heaven
“Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.” Ch6 v26
“Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven”- ch6 v32
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you”.ch6 v53
Our old life, the life which comes to an end, is nourished by physical food.
But the new life will be “nourished” directly by the life which the Father provides through the Son.
This power to provide life makes him greater than Moses, who had been associated with giving them the manna.
He will never see death
“Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin”-ch8 v34.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death” – ch8 v51
“Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am” –ch8v58.
The other side of the coin is that receiving new life means escaping death, which came to us as the consequence of sin.
Once more, this depends on listening to and “keeping” the message contained in the “word” which Jesus brings.
He is able to make this promise because of his close relationship with the Father.
The power to save them from death shows him to be greater also than their father Abraham.
The shepherd and the door
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in another way, that man is a thief and a robber; but he who
enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep” -ch10 vv1-2
“Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep” –ch10 v7
We’ve learned already that the Son can promise life because of his close relationship with the Father.
But our access to that promise depends, at the same time, on our own close relationship with the Son, as members of his people.
The grain must die
“Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” –
However, it is necessary that Jesus should die on the cross, before the promise contained in his word can become effective.
Then his new life can be shared with his people, those who believe in his word.
Your sorrow will turn into joy
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater things than these will he do, because I go to the
Father” –ch14 v12
“Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy”-
“Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name” –ch16 v23
Just before his death, Jesus assures his disciples that he will be raised from the dead.
He also promises that they will not be left without help in the interval after the resurrection.
In other words, the new relationship between the believers and their God is one which continues, as implied in the previous promise that they will
The outcome of their troubles will be joy and peace.
In short, the “Truly, truly” statements of John’s gospel, even taken on their own, are capable of giving us a complete outline of the gospel
edit on 21-6-2015 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)