Category Archives : John (Rayburn)


The Gospel John 21:24-25

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 21:24-25 Text Comment v.24     This statement identifies the beloved disciple as the author of the Gospel.  But who are the “we” in the second half of the verse.  Many commentators think this is an addition by other hands, an added witness to the truthfulness of what has been […]


The Resurrection Picnic John 21:1-14

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 21:1-14 Text Comment v.1       The NIV’s “appeared again” is literally “he revealed himself again.”  Jesus did not spend the entire 40 days between his resurrection and his ascension in the presence of his disciples.  He was with them from time to time only and when he came, it […]


The Crucifixion John 19:16-37

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 19:16-37 Text Comment As you know, each of the Gospel writers contributes something to the account of the crucifixion that is not found in the other reports.  Tatian, in the second century was the first to publish the four gospels together in a single work and he called […]


Jesus before Pilate John 18:26-19:16

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 18:26-19:16 Text Comment John reports more of the details of the Lord’s trial before Pontius Pilate than the other three Gospel writers combined.  On the other hand, he does not give a full account of the Lord’s trial before the Jews, he simply assumes that they condemned him. […]


Peter’s Betrayal John 18:12-27

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 18:12-27 Text Comment v.13     The primary instigators are the religious officials as is proved by the fact that they took Jesus to Annas.  The soldiers, their job done, no doubt returned to their barracks.  Annas had been the high priest from AD 6-15 before being deposed by Pontius […]


Treachery and Malice John 18:1-12

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 18:1-12 Text Comment v.2       Was Gethsemane owned by some wealthy man who was a supporter of Jesus and had made it available to the Lord as a place to meet with his disciples?  In any case, Jesus does not attempt to evade capture by altering his habits.  As […]


Christian Unity John 17:20-26

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 17:20-26 Text Comment v.20     Remember the Lord’s statement in 10:16?  “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen.  I must bring them also.  They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”  Now he prays for us, those […]


Our Lord at Prayer John 17:1-5

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 17:1-5 Text Comment What we have in the chapter we begin to read this morning is the Lord’s prayer.  What we commonly call the Lord’s prayer is a prayer that the Lord Jesus taught his disciples to pray.  That prayer, which we prayed this morning, would really better […]


Joy after Sorrow John 16:17-33

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 16:17-33 Text Comment v.17     The question of interpretation posed by these verses is whether in saying “and then in a little while you will see me” the Lord is speaking of his appearances to his disciples after his resurrection, a matter of just a few days after that […]


The Lord’s Point Man John 16:5-16

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 16:5-16 Text Comment v.5       We now begin the fourth of the five Holy Spirit passages in the Upper Room Discourse. v.7       The thought is what biblical scholars call “eschatological.”  That is, there is a next step to be taken in the history of salvation and the progress of […]


The Way to the Father John 14:5-14

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 14:5-14 Text Comment v.5       As so often, the disciples interpreted the Lord’s remark in a crassly literal way and then misunderstood it, as if the Lord meant he was going to, say, Antioch or Rome. v.6       The Lord answered Thomas’ question by saying that he is the way.  […]


The Father’s House John 14.1-4

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Text Comment   v.1       Though we have already read that the Lord’s heart was troubled in prospect of his suffering to come, he forgets himself and seeks to comfort his disciples who were troubled by the announcement just made concerning his imminent departure.  These men had become followers of […]


The Christian Coat of Arms: A Basis on a Field of Towels John 13:1-17

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Text Comment v.1       That is, the footwashing took place Thursday evening, but before dinner.  “Time” is, as we have frequently had cause to note, the NIV’s translation of “hour.”  Time and again we read that the Lord’s “hour” had not yet come, but now it has come.  In John […]


Faith’s Devotion John 12:1-11

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 12:1-11 Text Comment v.2       That is, if Passover was celebrated Thursday evening of the next week, then six days before, on Friday, just before the onset of the Sabbath day, Jesus would have arrived in Bethany and the banquet described in the following verses would probably have occurred […]


The Bottom Sin John 11:45-57

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 11:45-57 Text Comment v.45     One of a number of instances in John where the use of the term “Jews” carries no negative overtones. v.47     Under the Roman rule, the Sanhedrin was permitted to exercise authority over Jewish internal affairs.  At this time the Sadducees, the party of the […]


Sight and Blindness John 9:1-41

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 9:1-41 Text Comment v.1       Without in any way discounting the historical veracity of the account we are about to read, remember that the Lord’s miracles were, in many cases, themselves pictures of salvation.  He referred to them as such himself.  The man blind from birth is like all […]


True Life and True Death John 8:48-59

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 8:48-59 Text Comment v.48     This has been preceded, of course, by a long conversation between Jesus and the Jewish religious leadership.  When their arguments failed to dislodge him, as so often in human affairs, they turn to personal abuse, the trusty argumentum ad hominem.  And you couldn’t get […]


Eternity John 8:12-30

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 8:12-30 Text Comment If we connect 8:12 with 7:39, leaving out, as we said last week, the account of the woman caught in adultery and observing that 7:40-52 do not include any remarks of the Lord but only record the conversations of others about him, then the “again” […]


The Text of the Bible John 8:1-11

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 8:1-11 We have an odd situation before us this morning, having come to John 8:1-11.  It is an advantage of preaching consecutively through books of the Bible: you come to everything sooner or later.  As your New International Version indicates, the entire paragraph is set apart as unlikely […]


Characteristics of the Unbelieving Mind John 7:14-24

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 7:14-24 Text Comment v.14     Apparently the Lord felt that showing up late would prevent the kind of outpouring of popular enthusiasm that would precipitate his death before its appointed time. We know what happened six months later when he approached Jerusalem at the beginning of the Passover feast. […]


A Southern Aphorism John 6:35-51

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 6:35-51 We are in the midst of the Lord’s “Bread of Life Discourse.”  The theme of this great discourse, as we said last week, is faith in Jesus Christ.  Last Lord’s Day morning we considered from vv. 25-40 the nature of this faith, what John means when he […]


What is Faith? John 6:25-40

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 6:25-40 Text Comment In v. 59 of this chapter, we learn that this great discourse, widely known as “The Bread of Life Discourse” was delivered in the synagogue at Capernaum. John does not tell us when the transition to the synagogue took place. Perhaps between vv. 27 and […]