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"All great truths begin as blasphemies." - G. B. Shaw

Gospel of John Laments
Updated: 05/12/2020

Early in the writing of his Gospel John gives four laments. It is remarkable that these laments are largely ignored because they are crucial in importance, which begs the following questions to be asked:

  • Why does Christendom consistently ignore or not understand these crucial laments? and why did John express them?
  • In these laments is John's answer to one of the most important questions we can ask about Yeshua's mission and impact, which is: Why are we still here dying in this sordid world 2000[*] years later?

Temporarily failed effort?

It should be realized that John is writing his Gospel to CONTRAST with and to CORRECT the direction most of the other twelve disciples have taken with their inadequate understanding of the J-person and his message, and he is lamenting their lack and this unproductive development. He is saying that the great salvation came and did NOT elicit a productive response, and that at least temporarily the effort failed miserably. See: Christianity Analyzed

The first lament

John 1:10,11 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came into his own place, yet his own people did not receive him.

Commentary - John is not only talking about the gentile world, not just about the Jewish people in general not receiving the J-person, but he is also talking about most of the disciples, in that the record indicates they did not really listen to the J-person in order to understand God.

The second lament

John 1:17,18 No one has ever understood God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him plain.

Commentary - John is plainly saying here that before the J-person came literally not one man in all of earthly history ever had the correct understanding of God's character and values, not Abraham, nor Moses, nor Elijah, nor Daniel, nor ad nauseam. Now men have that opportunity and yet most of the J-person's followers hardly even tried. They let their old concepts, their moldy-bread religion, get in the way and they kept on being perverse, narrow minded, short sighted, and focused at best on the miracles instead of the larger and greater gospel message.

The third lament

John 3:17-19 The one choosing what to believe within Him is not judged; the one not choosing to believe is judged at that point, because he has not believed in the authority of the only-begotten Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, yet men desired the darkness more than light, and their achievements were for misery.

Commentary - This is a lamentable description of what happened in that MOST of Christianity and Gnosticism is built on the darkness of old, wrong conceptions of God's nature, character, purpose, plan and values. These traditional concepts are contrary to what the J-person said and did to show and tell us what God is really like.

The fourth lament

John 3:31-33 The one coming from beyond is above all; the one being from the earth is of the earth, and of the earth he speaks; the one who comes from heaven is above all. That one witnesses about what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony;

Commentary - When John relates, "Yet no one receives his testimony", he is including and describing ALL the people having become fascinated with the J-person's personal charisma and miracles, and fixated on his personal presence to be an earthly king or are in anticipation of his formally coming again, instead of believing him and understanding the character, purpose, and values of God through him. Literally no one, not even John, had been able to believe the words and message of the J-person without the tangible evidence of his resurrection. Even those that accept and celebrate the resurrection do not understand the nature of the "Kingship of the Heavens" and focus on it. The situation was/is not so good, was/is it?

[*]  The 2000 years is the approximate value within the existing standard chronology. The value would be 1300 years in the revised chronology favored by this site. Still a time much too long.

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