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GOSPEL OF JOHN - SUMMARY - NAMES - I AM STATEMENTS - SIGNS

Posted on August 24, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

SUMMARY OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

 

 

Chapter 1

• Jesus, the Word of God made flesh, Creator and Sustainer

• Introducing John the Baptist

• The Word Became Flesh – Emmanuel

• John the Baptist Preparing the Way

• John the Baptist, “Behold, the Lamb of God”

• Calling the first disciples

 

Chapter 2

• Jesus Changes Water into Wine

• Jesus Cleanses the Temple

 

Chapter 3

• Covert meeting with Nicodemus - You must be “born again”

• Jesus Must Be Lifted Up - Eternal life through the Son of God

• John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease”

 

Chapter 4

• Woman at the well in Samaria – Living Water

• Samaritans believe

• Healing the nobleman’s son

 

Chapter 5

• Healing by the pool of Bethesda

• Equality with God – Jesus, the Son of God

• Multiple witnesses to the truth of His deity

 

Chapter 6

• Feeding of 5000 plus

• Jesus Walks on Water

• Bread of Life discourse

• I AM the Bread of Life

• Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood

• Peter’s Declaration – Jesus Has the Words of Eternal Life


Chapter 7 

  • Unbelieving Siblings

• Jesus at the Feast of Booths

• Is This the Christ, The Anointed One?

• Rivers of Living Water

• Nicodemus Sticks Up for Jesus with the Pharisees

 

Chapter 8

• The Woman Caught in Adultery

• I Am the Light of the World

• Not of This World

• The Truth Will Set You Free

• Abraham’s Offspring?

• Before Abraham Was, I Am

 

Chapter 9

• Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

• Man Healed of Blindness Brought Before Pharisees

• Man Healed of Blindness Brought Before Pharisees a Second Time

 

Chapter 10

• Jesus, the Good Shepherd

• I AM the Good Shepherd

• Eternal Security of the Believer – securely in God’s hand

• Jews Want Jesus Stoned due to His Clear Claim to be God’s Son

 

Chapter 11

• The Death of Lazarus

• Martha Confronts Jesus

• Jesus Weeps with Mary

• Jesus Raises Lazarus

• The Plot to Kill Jesus

 

Chapter 12

• Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany

• The Triumphal Entry

• Grain of Wheat

• The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up

• The Unbelief of the People

• Jesus Came to Save

 

Chapter 13

• Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet

• Jesus Explains Lesson of Washing Feet

• Jesus Predicts Judas’ Betrayal

• A New Commandment

 

Chapter 14

• I Go to Prepare a Place

• Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

• My Peace I Give to You

 

Chapter 15

• I Am the True Vine

• ABIDE in His Love

• The Hatred of the World

 

Chapter 16

• You WILL be Persecuted

• Holy Spirit’s Work

• Ministry of the Holy Spirit

• Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy

• Ask and You Will Receive

• Jesus Will Return to the Throne Room

• Jesus Answers Before We Ask

 

Chapter 17

• The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus

• Out of This World

• In This World, Not Of It

• Sent into the World

• Jesus Prayed for Future Believers

• One in His Love

 

Chapter 18

• Betrayal

• Arrested!

• Peter’s 1st Denial

• Jesus Before the High Priest and Peter’s 2nd & 3rd Denials

• Jesus Before Pilate

• Jesus’ Kingdom is Not an Earthly Kingdom

 

Chapter 19

• Behold the Man - Crucify Him!

• Jesus Before Pilate Again

• Crucify Him!

• The Crucifixion

• Jesus on the Cross

• Prophecy Fulfilled – He was Pierced

• Jesus’ Burial

 

Chapter 20

• The Empty Tomb

• Folded Linens Minus His Body

• Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

• Go and Tell My Brothers

• Jesus Walks Through Locked Doors

• Thomas Gets What He Asked For

 

Chapter 21

• Disciples go Fishing

• Miraculous Catch – Swim, Peter, Swim

• Breakfast with Jesus

• Peter Restored by Jesus – Peter’s death foretold

• What About John?

 

Names of Jesus in the Book of John

 

1. The Word – John 1:1

2. God – John 1:1

3. The True Light – John 1:9

4. The Son of God – John 1:14

5. Jesus – John 1:17

6. The Christ – John 1:17

7. The Lord – John 1:23

8. The Lamb of God – John 1:29

9. Rabbi – John 1:38

10. Messiah - John 1:41

11. King of Israel – John 1:49

12. Son of Man – John 1:51

13. The Bridegroom – John 3:29

14. A Prophet – John 4:19

15. Savior of the World – John 4:42

16. Bread of God – John 6:33

17. Bread of Life – John 6:35

18. Living Bread – John 6:51

19. The Holy One of God – John 6:69

20. Teacher – John 8:4

21. I AM – John 8:58

22. The Door – John 10:7

23. The Good Shepherd – John 10:11

24. The Resurrection and the Life – John 11:25

25. The Way, The Truth, and the Life – John 14:6

26. The True Vine – John 15:1

27. King of the Jews – John 18:33

28. Rabonni – John 20:16


 

 

The Seven “I AM” Statements of Jesus in the Book of John

 

1. “I AM the Bread of Life - John 6:35-48

2. “I AM the Light of the World” – John 8:12; 9:5

3. “I AM the Gate” – John 10:7

4. “I AM the Good Shepherd” – John 10:11-14

5. “I AM the Resurrection and the Life” – John 11:25

6. “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life” – John 14:6

7. “I AM the True Vine” – John 15:1-5


 

The Seven “SIGNS” in the Gospel of John

 

1. Changing water into wine at Cana – John 2:1-11

2. Healing the royal official's son in Capernaum – John 4:46-54

3. Healing the paralytic at Bethesda – John 5:1-15

4. Feeding the 5000 – John 6:5-14

5. Jesus walking on water – John 6:16-24

6. Healing the man blind from birth – John 9:1-7

7. The raising of Lazarus – John 11:1-45

 

Gospel of John - Chapter 21 - Lesson 5

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Jesus and John, the Beloved Disciple

 

John 21:20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?”

 

Apparently, Peter and Jesus had been walking while having the conversation about taking care of His sheep because in this verse John was following close behind them. Perhaps after breakfast they were all walking back to where they were staying. In John 13:24-25 Peter urged John to ask Jesus who was going to betray Him. Perhaps Peter was afraid to ask Jesus himself in case this offended the Lord. He did not want to be embarrassed in case Jesus did not want to be asked. So he asked his friend, John, to inquire of the Lord; and John leaned back against Jesus and asked Him.

 

John 21:21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”

 

Jesus had told Peter that he would be crucified, so now Peter wants to know, “What about this other guy?” Perhaps he wanted to know if he was going to be the only one martyred but asked specifically about John because he was nearby.

 

John 21:22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”

 

Jesus may have been a tad bit upset with Peter for asking about John. He pretty much told Peter that John’s fate was none of his business. Jesus told Peter to keep his eyes on his own assignment, to keep his eyes on Jesus. Jesus had taken Peter from servant, to friend, to brother, and was preparing him to be an under-shepherd of His flock. Like all of us, Peter had enough on his plate to just take care of his own business. He did not need to be concerned about what John was called to do other than to encourage him as one of the lambs. Jesus reveals His specific will to the one who is affected by it, not necessarily to others who know them.

 

John 21:23 So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”

 

The disciples started gossiping about this one on One conversation between Peter and the Lord which was none of their concern. The rumor went around that John would never die, but that is not what Jesus had said. Jesus just said what He did about John to emphasize that it was none of Peter’s business how, when, or IF John would die. However, it would be according to His will. The Teacher is in charge of the lesson plan, not the student. The Shepherd determines where the sheep are to graze, not the sheep.

 

John 21:24 This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.

 

John identified himself as the one Peter had inquired about which means he was an eye witness to the events he had just recorded.

 

John 21:25 Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

 

John indicated that what he had written was just a portion of the events, miracles, and teachings of Jesus’ life. If everything that Jesus said and did were written down, there was not enough land mass created to hold all the books. This is why the Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the New Testament to share only certain things rather than to chase every rabbit trail. The Bible is truly the CliffsNotes Version of what Jesus accomplished and spoke for the benefit of humanity. In Heaven we will understand clearly as the Lord Himself will fill in the gaps, but for now we have everything we need in order to follow His commands.

 

2 Peter 1:3 (NIV) His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

 

Q – Do you ever wonder why God is leading you a certain direction? Especially if your Christian friend seems to have an easier path than yours? God places us each strategically where He wants us to serve. We just need to keep our focus on Jesus and keep obeying Him. Or as the Apostle Paul would say, “Press on!”

 

Philippians 3:13-15 (NIV) Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 

PRESS ON!

 

Gospel of John - Chapter 21 - Lesson 4

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Peter Restored by Jesus

 

There are two different Greek words for love in this conversation between Jesus and Peter. It is important to note this. We will point out which word is being used in each instance as we go through these verses. Following are the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible definitions with their Strong’s numbers.

 

25 – agapaŏ – to love (in a social or moral sense) (be-) love (-ed) related to 26 – agape – affection or benevolence – a love-feast – charity, dear, love.


5368 – philĕō – to be a friend to (fond of), have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling: while 25 is wider embracing espec. The judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety; the two thus stand related; the former (25) being chiefly of the heart and the latter of the head; spec. to kiss (as a mark of tenderness) – kiss, love.

 

John 21:15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love25 me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love5368 you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

 

Why did Jesus single out Peter? Peter was the one in need of restoration. Jesus had already forgiven Peter, but Peter had not forgiven himself and needed reassurance that Jesus had forgiven him. Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him more than the others. He used the term for moral, willing, choice to love regardless of feelings. How did Peter answer Him? Peter answered that he felt brotherly love and affection for the Lord as Jesus already knew. I believe this kind of love was all Peter or anyone else was able to have without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. What did Jesus mean when He told Peter to feed His lambs? Did He own a flock of sheep? Jesus was letting Peter know that he did have the authority to carry the Gospel message as a witness, and He was counting on him to do so by the power of God by the Holy Spirit working in and through him to do His will thus feeding the “sheep” the followers of Jesus.


Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

Specifically, what would feeding Jesus’ lambs, those who already trusted Him, consist of? Jesus was telling Peter to make disciples, teaching them everything Jesus had commanded. He gave these same intructions to all the disciples as well:

 

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

We feed the lambs when we teach them God’s word and teach them to internalize it in order to live it out (obey it) as a testimony to other people.

 

 

John 21:16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love25 me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love5368 you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”

 

I believe that Jesus knew that Peter would eventually be able to truly say he had the self-sacrificing, deliberate choice type of love for Jesus. He posed the same question again. Peter again answered honestly that he had brotherly love for Jesus. This time Jesus commanded Peter to “tend” his sheep. Is there a difference between feeding and tending the sheep? Anyone can carry dinner to the sheep. Tending has more of a connotation to nurture and preserve. Tending the sheep involves inspecting for injuries, watching out for infestations, protecting from dangerous predators, caring for every aspect of the lamb. The shepherd puts his life in harm’s way on behalf of the sheep. David fought off lions and bears who preyed on his father’s sheep. Brothers have the capacity to feed, but only shepherds have the capacity to lead. So Jesus was telling Peter to shepherd the believers, the early church. He did so in his teaching at Pentecost, his leadership of the early church, and later in his letters warning of false teachers (predators) and admonishing the church to stay true to the things Jesus taught even amid persecution.

 

 

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love5368 me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love5368 me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love5368 you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”

 

Why did Jesus ask Peter if he loved Him three times? Jesus knew that Peter was still beating himself up every day because he had denied knowing the Lord three times to complete strangers on the night Jesus was betrayed and arrested. At the time Jesus needed his friends the most, Peter denied ever knowing Him. Is it significant that Jesus changed from agapaŏ to philĕō when He asked the third time whether Peter loved Him? Perhaps Jesus was acknowledging that Peter was not yet fully capable of god-like love and was being respectful of Peter’s honest response that he had brotherly affection. He knew that after the Holy Spirit filled Peter at Pentecost, he would be infused with agapaŏ. Why was Peter grieved that Jesus asked him if he loved (philĕō;) Him the third time? I think maybe Peter was grieved because he knew that he could not love Jesus with agapaŏ love yet, and he wanted to. Peter acknowledged that Jesus knew everything and already knew he loved him as a brother. Jesus again instructed Peter to feed the sheep. Is there a significance to the fact that He did this three times? Peter had denied Jesus three times, humiliating himself; and, therefore, Jesus entrusted His followers to Peter three times to show him that he was completely restored to his position of leadership within the band of apostles.

 

John 21:18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

 

Jesus then foretold that Peter would be crucified – the stretching out of his hands and being led where he would not want to go. History reports that Peter was indeed crucified for following Jesus, and tradition says he chose to be crucified upside down because he did not feel worthy to die exactly as Jesus had. After the hardest words that Jesus had spoken about Peter to Peter, Jesus hits him with, “Follow me.” This was the seal of the restoration process of Peter. Peter must choose to follow Jesus even after he had been told how he would leave this world in an excruciating death. Jesus had said if anyone wanted to be His disciple, he would need to take up his cross and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). He now called Peter to literally do just that.

 

Q – Peter had done exactly as Jesus had predicted and denied Him three times before the rooster crowed. However, Jesus restored Peter to a place of leadership three times as well. Have you fallen so badly you think the Lord can no longer use you? I know I (Susie) felt that way after my husband left and I became a divorced person. The Lord used the stories of David still being used mightily after his sin of adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband murdered and the fact that Peter was restored after his denials even becoming a significant influence in the early church to encourage me that I could still serve in His kingdom. It was a process, but I eventually taught in a Christian school, taught adult Sunday School, and am now serving with Precious Jewels Ministries. Whatever wrong path you have traveled Jesus is able to restore you and enable you to walk in His light. Pray for His forgiveness and turn your life over to His complete control afresh. Then hang on to your hat as He places you exactly where He wants you to serve!

 

Gospel of John - Chapter 21 - Lesson 3

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Jesus Shares Breakfast with the Disciples

 

John 21:10 (ESV) Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”

 

Jesus wanted to add some of the fresh fish to their breakfast. The disciples were going to get to eat some of the fruit of their labor. According to the fishermen in my family, there is nothing quite like fresh fish cooked on an open fire. I wouldn’t know because I don’t like to eat fish at all. If Jesus had been cooking chicken fried steak with cream gravy (the preferred drink of the South), I would have been right there!

 

John 21:11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn.

 

No one ever accused Peter of being wimpy, for even 153 small fish would be a heavy load. The net miraculously held under the weight of such a tremendous catch.

 

John 21:12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.

 

Jesus invited the men who were hungry from fishing all night to share breakfast with Him. The fact that He ate is evidence that He had resurrected in bodily form and was not merely an apparition or spirit. Jesus had said they would see Him again, and there He was eating fish and bread with them. They finally were completely convinced this was Jesus in the flesh.

 

John 21:13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.

 

Jesus served as the host of this seemingly impromptu meal. What do you think is important about that? The Father or Master of the house was the host. It is also reminiscent of the times He fed the multitudes and the breaking of the bread at the Last Supper before His arrest. Jesus had come to serve – He had washed their feet at the Last Supper, and now He was serving as the cook for their breakfast. I wonder if any of the disciples were ever tempted to say, “Yes, indeedy, one morning Jesus, the Son of God, cooked my breakfast!”

 

John 21:14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

 

At this point, Jesus had appeared to the apostles three times. They would later testify that they had seen Jesus many times after He had been raised from the dead. He continued to appear to various groups of disciples over the next forty days. Paul reports on these appearances in 1 Corinthians 15:3-7.

 

Q – Do you ever question whether the resurrection of Jesus was real? He made sure His apostles would not doubt His bodily resurrection by allowing them to touch His wounds and even shared a meal with them. Paul records that He once appeared to over 500 people at one time. These people faithfully spread the good news of His triumph over the grave, and now we believe because of their testimony passed down through the ages as well as written in the word of God. If Jesus has revealed the truth of His reality to you, it is your mission to pass that gospel on to others. Have you shared the good news with someone today? This week? This year?

 

Gospel of John - Chapter 21 - Lesson 2

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Swim, Peter, Swim

 

John 21:6 He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.

 

Jesus told them to go against their fishermen’s instincts and cast the net on the other side of the boat. They may have been annoyed and thought, “So now fish swim on only one side of the boat?” But for some reason they tried what this as yet unknown stranger told them to do. They may have begun to doubt their own expertise because when they cast the net, they did not have the strength to haul it in. It was so full of fish that SEVEN grown men could not draw the net back into the boat!

 

John 21:7a That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”

 

Because of the miraculous catch, John realized the man on the shore was Jesus and proclaimed to Peter that it was the Lord. John always seemed more attuned to Jesus, realizing the truth of His resurrection at the empty tomb and now recognizing Him before the others.

 

John 21:7b When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.

 

Impulsively, Peter dressed and jumped into the water. This time he was not walking on the waves but swimming rapidly to shore. He could not even wait until they all arrived by boat! Peter was not the kind of guy to be patient. He was probably the kind of child who wanted everything RIGHT NOW.

 

John 21:8 The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.

 

Peter had left the boat, but the others took up his slack and finished the task of bringing the catch to shore.

 

John 21:9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread.

 

Jesus did not need their fish to cook, for He had already prepared their breakfast of fish and bread. If it seems odd that He had fish without going fishing and bread without baking, think back to the feeding of the 5000 plus.

 

Q – Do you feel like your nets are coming up empty? Keep on in obedience and trust the Lord for the catch. Many times we witness and go years without seeing one person come to know the Lord. However, we do not know how the word we share will be added to by others and grow in their hearts. Keep on sharing. Keep on being obedient fishers of men!

 

Gospel of John - Chapter 21 - Lesson 1

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Disciples Go Fishing

 

John 21:1 (ESV) After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way.

 

Sometime after Jesus had appeared to the disciples and Thomas, He presented Himself again. We are not told how much time elapsed between the two events, but it had to have occurred within the 40 days before Christ ascended to the Father. Tiberias is another name for the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had instructed His disciples to wait for Him there. (Matthew 28:10 and Mark 16:7) In Mark’s account of the resurrection the angel specifically told the women to tell the disciples and Peter to wait in Galilee. Perhaps Jesus wanted to make sure that Peter would understand he was still invited to the party.

 

John 21:2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together.

 

Seven of the eleven remaining apostles were together. It makes you wonder, “Where were the other four?” But we’ll just have to wonder because the Bible does not tell us. Simon Peter and the sons of Zebedee, James and John, had all been fishermen when Jesus called them. Thomas and Nathanael may have been fishermen, also. The other two with them that day are not named.

 

John 21:3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

 

Peter may have thought himself unworthy to serve the Lord as one of His messengers since he had denied the Lord three times on the night of His arrest. So he proposed that some of the other disciples join him in going fishing which was his previous livelihood. Even though several of the seven who got in the boat were skilled fishermen, they caught nothing!

 

John 21:4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.

 

The poor guys fished all night to no avail. At dawn, there was a figure on the shore. Bleary-eyed from being up all night and certainly not expecting to see their Master on the shore, the disciples did not recognize Jesus. This could be another one of those times that Jesus kept them from recognizing Him right away.

 

John 21:5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.”

 

Even though Jesus addressed the men in the boat with the term of endearment “children,” they did not recognize Him. When He asked if they had any fish, they answered simply, “No.”

 

Q – The disciples were in Galilee in obedience to what the angel told them do. At this point, they may have been feeling a bit like they were in limbo – not yet having a clear direction about their continued service to the Lord on earth. So they waited and occupied themselves with what they already knew how to do – fishing. Are you waiting on a specific assignment from the Lord? Are you unsure of your marching orders at present? Occupy the place Jesus has you right now, being obedient to what you know to do. At the right moment, He will clarify your next move. Stay in His word, seek Him in prayer, and continue in obedience.

 

Gospel of John - Chapter 20 - Lesson 6

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Thomas Gets What He Asked For

 

John 20:26 (ESV) Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

 

I think Jesus enjoyed entering through locked doors. These dramatic, miraculous entries were a part of confirming that He was indeed the Son of God, risen from the dead. This time all of the eleven were present and accounted for, including Thomas. Jesus did not want Thomas to be the only one missing out on the fact that He was risen from the grave, in the flesh, but able to appear in the room with the doors locked tight.

 

John 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”

 

Jesus gave Thomas the opportunity to test Him. I believe that Thomas was not the only that had doubts. He was the only one brave enough to articulate them. The others had doubted as well before Jesus had shown them proof of the crucifixion scars on His body. Note that Jesus did not wait for Thomas to ask to see His hands and side – He offered that proof immediately. Jesus admonished Thomas not to reject this proof but to believe.

 

John 20:28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

 

Jesus had shown Thomas the proof he needed, and Thomas worshipped Him as both Master and God.

 

John 20:29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

 

Jesus chided Thomas a bit for not believing until he had seen for himself. Then He pronounced a blessing on those who would believe even though they had never seen Him with their physical eyes. “Those” are those of every generation after the original disciples who had walked with Him on earth. Including us!!! We have not seen and touched Jesus’ physical, human body; but the Holy Spirit graciously has enabled us to believe with spiritual eyes and recognize His word in the Bible as truth. We are truly blessed!

 

John 20:30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

John had walked over three years with Jesus, so there was much more he could have written. The Holy Spirit enabled John to discern what key events to record that would lead people to believe the things Jesus had done and said during His sojourn on planet earth. This gospel account was written so that people would believe and trust in Jesus and gain eternal life. There is power in the name of Jesus! Peter later preached concerning the name of Jesus:

 

Acts 4:12 (NASB) And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.

 

Q – Thomas may have doubted, but that did not cause Jesus to reject Him. Jesus proved Himself to Thomas and through the Holy Spirit caused him to become a bold witness of the truth. John wrote so that people would believe. Do you ever recommend that a person who is seeking God read the Bible? Point them to the gospel of John as it is a clear account of Jesus life, death, and resurrection that can lead them to eternal life. I (Susie) have even seen just that one book of the Bible printed as something to give to people, called “Living Water.” I once had the Spanish Version. They are available at http://www.livingwater.org/#home for ministries who might want to give them out to visitors, seekers, or new believers.

 

Gospel of John - Chapter 20 - Lesson 4

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Go and Tell My Brothers

 

John 20:15 (ESV) Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

 

At first, Jesus did not give Himself away but just addressed her politely as “woman.” Mary Magdalene still did not recognize the Lord, so she addressed Him respectfully as “Sir.” He asked her why she was crying and whom she was looking for. For some reason she thought He might be the gardener and would know what had happened to Jesus’ body. Then she said she would take Him away. How does she, a woman, think she’s going to take the body anywhere? And where on earth did she think she was going to take Him? In her distraught state, I guess she just wanted to make sure the body was properly cared for and re-entombed.

 

John 20:16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).

 

When Jesus finally spoke her name, Mary, she recognized the cadence of her teacher’s voice. Her eyes were opened to the fact that Jesus was standing there before her. She addressed Him as “My Teacher” acknowledging the fact that she now knew who He was.

 

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

 

According to Matthew 28:9, Mary Magdalene bowed in worship and took hold of Jesus’ feet. So He urged her not to cling to Him. Jesus did not want her to cling to the relationship they had here on earth. He would be ascending to the Father and sending His Spirit bringing their relationship to whole different level. Jesus gave her a message for the disciples whom He now called His brothers. Jesus had to be the firstborn of the resurrection before other brothers and sisters could join Him in His forever family. He entrusted Mary, a woman whom He had delivered from seven demons, with the message that He would soon ascend to the Father. Jesus smashed down the wall of thinking women were not credible witnesses by having Mary Magdalene be the first to see Him and declare He was alive. This also proves that once one has trusted Jesus as their Savior and Lord, they are considered clean in God’s eyes. He did not view this formerly demon possessed woman as unworthy but saw her as His chosen, redeemed child capable of taking an important message to His disciples.

 

John 20:18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

Mary immediately obeyed. She sought out the disciples to tell them she had seen the Lord and to give them His message. Luke 24:11 records that the disciples had a hard time believing the women who had seen Jesus thinking it to be “an idle tale” (ESV), “nonsense” (CJB), “fiction” (VOICE). Apparently the disciples did not get the memo that their Lord deemed women to be credible witnesses!

 

Q – I remember a student listening to the Carman song “Lazarus, Come Forth” in my classroom before school began. It was a public school. Suddenly he said, “Bad to the bone, man. He’s talking about dead people coming to life!” He had never heard the story of Lazarus, let alone the resurrection of Jesus. However, Jesus’ own disciples had a hard time believing He had actually fulfilled His promise to rise from the dead on third day. Nothing is impossible for God. The next time you think your situation is hopeless, impossible, no way out, remember the resurrection of Jesus. He is able to deliver you!

 

Gospel of John - Chapter 20 - Lesson 3

Posted on August 12, 2016 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

 

John 20:11 (ESV) But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb.

 

Mary Magdalene had stayed behind when John and Peter went home. Mary Magdalene was a woman who had once been possessed by SEVEN demons. Jesus cast those demons out and gloriously brought her into His forever family. However, at this moment, she was confused and frightened because she did not yet realize He was alive, raised from the dead. She thought His body had been moved or stolen away. Mary was having an “ugly cry” outside the tomb. She bent down and looked into the tomb the disciples had just vacated.

 

John 20:12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.

 

John and Peter had not seen angels, but when Mary peeked into the tomb, there were two of them. They sat where Jesus’ head and feet had so recently lain. Mary must have been breathless with wonderment at the sight of two men in what she thought was an empty tomb! How had they entered without her knowledge? She had been standing right there!

 

John 20:13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”

 

The angels showed concern for her distress and asked her why she was crying. She must not have realized they were angels because she did not express any fear or awe of them. She once again explained that she thought someone had moved or stolen the body of Jesus, her Lord and Teacher.

 

John 20:14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

 

She turned around and was startled once again to see a man before her. She did not recognize Jesus perhaps because of shock or because His appearance had changed or He purposely did not allow her to comprehend who He was. Perhaps Mary was in shock due to the tomb being empty causing her to not recognize her Lord, Master, and closest Friend.

 

Q – Women (see also Matthew 28:1-10) were the first people to see the resurrected Jesus face to face. According to the Jewish Law, only men could be witnesses in court, and women’s testimony was not seen as trustworthy. Yet Jesus entrusted this most important news that He was alive to women before appearing to the eleven male apostles. Some people try to tell us that Jesus would make women less than they are. The truth is that Jesus elevated women to a higher position in society than they had ever held. Do you harbor prejudices due to gender, race, or ability? Jesus broke down those barriers over 2000 years ago.

 

Gospel of John - Chapter 20 - Lesson 2

Posted on August 11, 2016 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Folded Linens Minus His Body

 

John 20:6 (ESV) Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.

 

Simon Peter caught up with John at the tomb and barged in with no hesitation. He saw the linen that had been wrapped around Jesus’ body just neatly lying there. The face cloth was strategically placed by itself, folded differently from the rest. The fact that the linen cloths were still there and nicely arranged would indicate the body had not been stolen since robbers would not have taken such care. Also, it would have been much easier to move the body while still wrapped up. It is awesome to picture Jesus just rising right out of His grave clothes.

 

John 20:8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

 

As soon as he saw the linen cloths arranged in the tomb, John believed that Jesus had resurrected as He said He would. Prior to that, the disciples had not clearly understood what Jesus meant when He had predicted that He would rise from the dead. When John realized that Jesus had risen from the dead, pieces of the Messiah puzzle began to finally fit together in his mind.

 

John 20:10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.

 

I don’t get it. Did they go home because it was too much for their human brains to comprehend? The greatest moment in their lives, in history had just been proven before their eyes, and they just go home? But Mary Magdalene must have lingered…oops, next lesson!

 

Q – John records that he believed after seeing the empty tomb and linens; but according to the other gospels, Peter was not yet convinced. Have you ever had an experience with a friend and the two of you come away with widely different takes on what you saw? Our personalities and definitely our heart conditions influence how we view things. Do you come to Scripture expecting to be filled or do you come at it as a daily “task” to check off your list? If you read the word of God expectantly, your hunger will be filled, and your thirst will be quenched.