Needing Others to Unlock the Mysteries of Christ!
This summer, Christians on Campus is going through the Gospel of John.
Two years ago, I basically had zero idea what was going on in John. The temple of Jesus’ body? Water springing up into eternal life? I was just sitting there thinking, “HUH? I don’t get it??” In the words of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:31, “How could I [understand] unless someone guides me?”
But at each summer Bible study I’ve attended, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of this book. Two years ago when I first read about Jesus turning the water into wine, I just thought it was a cool flex. But through mutual fellowship during the Bible study, it was amazing to see how, actually, the water represents death (as we see in Genesis) and the wine represents life, and how Christ transforms our experiences of death into life! Through this fellowship, I related this to my own Christian experience of going from situations of immense sorrow or sadness to joy—how God has “turned for me my mourning into dancing...loosened my sackcloth and girded me with rejoicing” (Psalm 30:11).
I’m seeing that we need Bible studies to really understand the word. In Ephesians 3:18-19, the apostle Paul wrote: “...to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are and to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ...” Only with mutual fellowship and worship with other believers can we really unlock the mysteries of our loving God.
- Peter S.