Jesus brings a completely new order of things – not as contrary to the order established in the Old Testament, but as its fulfillment.
Jesus calls Peter to live out of the reality of the resurrection, by laying down his life.
Jesus calls Peter and the apostles, as the first officers of the church, the New Israel, to act as shepherds by feeding the sheep Christ through the means of Word and Sacrament.
Jesus demonstrates the mission of the church as it pertains to evangelism through the bountiful catch of fish.
John 20 and 21 present several patterns for us to follow in meeting with the risen Lord on the first day of the week.
Worship on the Lord’s Day is a unique meeting with our risen Lord, by His Spirit, in which we participate in a heavenly assembly.
John records the works and words of Jesus in Scripture which provide all we need to lead us to understand who Jesus is and to place our faith in Him alone.
In Christ, testified to by the church, you are identified with heaven itself and given the peace that characterizes heaven when you receive the Holy Spirit – the breath of heavenly life.
Jesus shows you that he has taken the despair of the suffering of this world upon himself so that you can learn to walk, in this life, out of the hope of the next world.
Jesus is a new Adam of a New Creation, who brings the light of redemption into a world of despair on the first day.
We will see that Jesus uses his mother and the beloved disciple to show us that through the travail of the cross, the church was brought into existence, and in that a family closer than any blood relation.
John presents a three-fold witness (water, blood and Holy Spirit) that Jesus is the Son of God brings all things to a conclusion by establishing a New Covenant in his blood.
Jesus, acting as Priest, is shown to be the true Passover Lamb who dies in the place of his people, taking their sin and judgment upon himself.
(National) Israel brings their time as the people of God to an end as they align themselves with Caesar, effectively ending the covenant made at Sinai and their status as God's covenant people.
Jesus shows that Israel has identified with the kingdom of darkness, which is inferior to Christ's kingdom.
The dichotomy presented between Jesus and Peter demonstrates that Jesus can be the only mediator between man and God, there can be no other.
Jesus, the holy God, voluntarily substitutes himself for hissinful people.
The union Christ prays for is a true (heavenly) union that is based upon the saving work of Jesus Christ and transcends earthly notions of unity.
Jesus, confidently and effectually, prays for the protection and sanctification that belongs to his people through union with him.
Jesus begins his high priestly prayer by speaking out of the reality of the resurrection and announcing that he has done all the Father required of him and, therefore, is due the reward of glory that was promised to him that he might give it to his disciples.