I'm in the middle of writing a paper about how John uses Isaiah 53:1 and 6:10 in John 12:38-40. It's interesting hopping back and forth between books. Yesterday afternoon, I took a break to hang some clothes on the clothes line. When I returned to my desk, I forgot which passage I was in. But this is great fun.
I have armed myself with a good number of resources:
Among that pile of books is a commentary on John by Leon Morris. It is an older commentary, first published in 1971. It's expensive to buy now because NICNT has replaced Morris's version from the series with one by J. Ramsey Michaels. To buy a paperback version of Morris's is $85 on Amazon. One can purchase it used, but it's still not cheap. The copy I took out has been re-bound with one of those plain, black non-descript bindings common in university libraries. It's seen better days.
But it's a treasure. I like Leon Morris already, and this is simply adding to that sentiment. One of the things that has jumped out at me is the way Morris uses the phrase "Our Lord" to refer to Jesus in the commentary. Most commentators will use the name "Jesus." I love the way Morris continually refers to him as "Our Lord." Even D.A. Carson's commentary (which I love) uses the name Jesus. I have seen in other older commentaries the use of the term "Our Lord." Perhaps it is just a practice not observed any longer.
I love the use of "Our Lord." It reminds me of who Jesus is. He isn't simply a historical figure. He isn't just a man, or a charismatic leader. He is Lord. That title assumes that there are servants. We are his servants. As I read through Morris's commentary, seeing that phrase over and over again, I am reminded of just who it is I am studying.
In seminary, it's easy to get caught up in the work and the details and lose sight of the wonder of God. I think that can also be said of theological debate. Debate is often necessary as doctrine is hammered out and clarified. But there is the temptation to be more concerned with the pursuit than the Lord we serve. Theology does thrill my heart, but it has to be more about the Lord than the academics of it all. I don't ever want learning to come between me and understanding exactly what that means.