The Power of Repetition

My parents never counted to three. They said what they had to tell me, and told me one time only. I learned quickly that if I did not act before they had to tell me the second time, well, I was in for it.

I’m sure that if you are a parent, you can relate. Your ideal world has you saying everything to your children just once, and all of them following in immediate submission. Even as they continue to grow, you know the importance of repetition.

In John 1:1-18, John begins what we can call his gospel of repetition. More than a repetition of the other three gospels in content, John’s gospel is a repetition in pattern. Take a look at these words:

WORD

LIFE

LIGHT

DARKNESS

WITNESS or TESTIMONY

BELIEVE

WORLD

TRUTH

GLORY

GRACE

BORN or BEGOTTEN

SIGNS or WORKS

SENT

LOVE

These words are key to the book of John simply because they are repeated so often. Before you even reach verse 18, you will have found about 36 appearances of some of these words. The lesson seems simple, doesn’t it? If John repeats these words so often, would you be wise to think he was trying to teach you something particular? What is he saying?

Did you ever believe you were not capable of understanding the Bible? Have you always been confused over what the life of Jesus means for you? How would your life change if a second glance found otherwise?

Let me invite you to make a simple switch. What hurt would it be to you, to take a brief moment out of your week to understand what the Bible is saying about Jesus? What hurt would it be to you, to make sure that what you read on the computer screen matches with what you read on the Bible page?

Let’s explore together.

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