The Gospel According to John from The New Testament of the Bible

 

The Gospel According to John from The New Testament of the Bible

Chapter 1

The Word Became Flesh

  • In the beginning was the word. The word was God. All things were made through him. He was the light of all mankind & no darkness could overcome it.
    • God sent John. John was not the light but became a witness to it. He told everyone he met about it.
    • The light was coming but most people didn’t recognize it. Those who received him & believed in him became the “Children of God” – born of God.
    • The word became flesh, living amongst us. He was the only son of God, full of grace & truth.
  • John saw him & recognized him. He said that this is the one who surpassed him. It was through him that we have received grace.
    • The law had been given through Moses but grace & truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God but the only son is God himself.

John the Baptist Denies Being the Messiah

  • Jewish leader talked to John & asked him who he was.
    • He answered – I’m not the Messiah, Elijah, the Prophet.
    • When asked who he actually was. He answered that he was the voice in the wilderness calling for a straight path for the lord.
    • The Pharisees asked him why he was baptizing people if he wasn’t the Messiah, Elijah or the Prophet.
    • He baptized with water but there is one to follow him whose sandals he wasn’t worthy to untie.

John Testifies About Jesus

  • The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him & said – Here comes the Lamb or God who’ll take away the sins of the world.
    • This is the one who he said would surpass him. He wasn’t going to know who he was exactly but he began baptizing so that Israel would recognize him.
    • John saw the spirit come down from heaven as a dove & sit on him. He didn’t know him but he was to baptize with Holy Spirit.

John’s Disciples Follow Jesus

  • The next day, John was with 2 disciples & saw Jesus walking. John called him the Lamb of God.
    • His 2 disciples heard that & started following Jesus. Jesus asked them what they wanted.
    • They answered – Teacher, where are you staying.
    • Jesus answered – Follow me & find out.
    • They went to where he was staying & hung out for the rest of the day.
    • Andrew, Simon/Peter’s brother, was one of the 2. Andrew went to his brother, Simon & told him the Messiah’s here & took him to meet him.
    • Jesus saw him & called him “Cephas” = Peter.

Jesus Calls Philip & Nathanael

  • Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip on the way & convinced him to follow him.
    • Philip, like Andrew & Peter, was from Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael & told him that they found the one Moses had written about in the Law & the prophets spoke of – Jesus of Nazareth.
      • Nathanael was shocked anything good could come from the dumpy town of Nazareth.
    • Jesus saw Nathanael & said there was no deceit in him.
      • Nathanael asked how he knew him.
      • Jesus said he saw him under a fig tree before Philip brought him over.
      • Nathanael called him “Rabbi” or teacher, & the son of God & king of Israel.
    • Jesus said – If you believe in me after the fig tree sighting, you’ll see a lot more than that. You’ll see heave open & the angels of God come down

Chapter 2

Jesus Changes Water into Wine

  • There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’s mother was there & Jesus’s new disciples were invited. When the wine had gone, Jesus’s mother said that they were dry.
    • Jesus asked her why he was to get involved.
    • His mother told the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them to do.
    • There were 6 jars used for ceremonial washing, each holding 20-30 gallons.
    • Jesus told them to turn the jars into water. So they did. Then he told them to pour some water for the master of the banquet.
      • They did & the master saw that the water poured for him had turned into wine. No one understood what was going on. The master said usually people save the cheap stuff for the end. But now the best was being served.
    • This was the first sign of the glories of Jesus. His disciples were now convinced.
      • He went to Capernaum with his mother, brothers & disciples.

Jesus Clears the Temple Courts

  • It was nearly Passover & Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he saw people selling livestock & others sitting at temples exchanging money.
    • He threw some ropes around whipping at the men. Animals panicked & ran off. He told them to get out all of these & not turn his father’s house into a market.
    • The Jews asked him how he can show his authority to order all this.
    • He told them if they destroyed the temple, he’d raise it back up in 3 days.
      • They answered that it took 46 years to build the temple. How in the hell are you going to do it 3 days?
      • The temple he spoke of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered this episode.
    • During the Passover festival, people saw what he was doing & started believing in him. He wouldn’t entrust himself to them. He knew all people. He didn’t need testimony about mankind, he knew what was in each person.

Chapter 3

Jesus Teaches Nichodemus

  • There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus who was a part of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus one night & said:
    • Rabbi, we know you have come from God. No one could do what you are doing if God wasn’t in him.
    • Jesus answered – No one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.
    • Nicodemus was confused by that statement – Born Again?
    • Jesus – Yep – You can’t enter God’s kingdom unless you are born of water & the spirit. Don’t be surprised by my words. The wind blows where it wants. You hear it but can’t tell where it’s coming from or going. Just like those born of the Spirit.
      • Nicodemus was still confused.
    • Jesus asked how he didn’t know that. If he spoke of earthly things & Nicodemus didn’t get it, how could even start with heavenly things?
      • No one goes to heave except one who came from heaven – Son of Man. The Son of Man must be lifted up. Everyone who believes will have eternal life in him.
  • God loved the world so much that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him will never die but have eternal life.
    • God didn’t send his son to condemn the world but to save it through him.
    • Whoever believes in him is not condemned but those who do not believe will be condemned by they do not believe in God’s only son.
    • Light has come to the world but people love darkness more because they do evil things. Those who do evil things hate the light because it exposes what they do. Whoever lived the truth comes into the light so it’s plain to see what they’ve done has been done in God’s sight.

John Testifies Again About Jesus

  • Jesus went to the countryside of Judea where they hung out & baptized.
    • John was baptizing at Aenon where there was loads of water. People lined up to get baptized by him.
    • John’s disciples argued with a Jew over how to wash ceremonially. They went up to John & said that man you saw the other day is back baptizing & everyone’s going to see him.
    • John said that you can only receive what’s been given from heaven.
    • He reiterated that he was not the Messiah but was sent ahead of him. He was going to outshine John.
      • The one from the earth belongs to the earth & speaks as one from the earth. One from heaven is above all. The one God sent speaks God’s words for God & gives the Spirit, endlessly.
      • The father loves the son & put everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the son has eternal life. But whoever rejects the son won’t see life & God will be very angry with him.

Chapter 4

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman

  • Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard he was doing better than John was. It was even Jesus who was doing the baptizing but his friends. So he left for Galilee.
    • He went through Samaria in a city called Sychar near the land Jacob had given his son Joseph. Jesus sat by the well there at noon.
    • A Samaritan woman came to the well & Jesus asked for a drink. The woman reminded him that Jews weren’t supposed to talk to Samaritans.
    • Jesus told her if she knew the gift the God & who was asking her, she’d be asking for “living water”.
    • She asked him how he would draw this water. Was he greater than Jacob who’d given them the well & used it himself?
    • Jesus – Everyone who drinks from this will be thirsty again but those who drink his water will never thirst because he will become a spring of eternal life in them.
      • She was interested.
    • Jesus told her to get her husband & she replied she had none.
      • Jesus said that she was correct but she’s had 5 husbands & the man she was with now was not her husband.
      • She saw that he was a prophet. But she was confused about what she should worship. Was it the mountain were they were or was it in Jerusalem?
    • Jesus said soon she will not worship the father on the mountain or in Jerusalem. The Samaritans worship what they don’t know but the Jews worshiped what they did know. The will come when true worshipers will worship the father in the spirit & truth.
      • The woman said she knew the Messiah was coming & when he did she asked him for clarifications. Jesus told her that he was the Messiah.

The Disciples Rejoin Jesus

  • Jesus’s disciples turned up & asked him why he was speaking with the women.
    • The woman left her water jar & told everyone that Jesus was the Messiah. People came around to see him.
    • The disciples told him to eat something but Jesus said he’d eaten food they knew nothing about. The food was doing the will of the one who’d sent him. The fields were ripe for harvest. The sower & the reaper will provide eternal life. I’ve sent you to reap what you haven’t sown.

Many Samaritans Believe

  • The Samaritans of the town believed in Jesus after hearing the woman’s words of him. Jesus had told her her whole life.
    • The people asked him to stick around. They stayed for 2 days & got a bunch of people on board with him.
    • Now that they had heard for themselves, they knew he was the savior of the world.

Jesus Heals an Official’s Son

  • Then Jesus left for Galilee where he was greeted by the locals. They had seen what he’d done in Jerusalem at Passover. They saw him turn water into wine at the wedding.
    • An official’s son was sick in Capernaum. Jesus heard the man had come from Judea to see him. The man begged him to heal his son.
    • Jesus told him that people never believe unless they see signs & miracles.
      • The official asked him for help again.
      • Jesus told him his son would be fine. The man’s servants ran to meet him on his way home & told him of the son’s healing.
      • This was the second sign Jesus had given in Galilee

Chapter 5

The Healing at the Pool

  • Jesus went back to Jerusalem for a Jewish festival. There was a Sheep Gate pool there called Bethesda, surrounded by 5 colonnades. This is where a lot of handicapped hung out. One man had been handicapped for 38 years,
    • Jesus saw him lying there & asked him if he wanted to get into the well.
      • The man said he doesn’t have anyone to help him in.
      • Jesus told him to pick up his mat & walk. The man was cured & picked up his mat & walked.
    • This all happened on the Sabbath & the Jewish officials ragged on the man for carrying a mat, which was a no-no on the Sabbath.
      • The man replied that he’d been told to pick it up & walked.
      • The officials asked who told him that. The man never knew because Jesus had taken off in the crowd.
      • Jesus & the man met later at the temple. Jesus told him to knock off the sinning or something worse will be coming his way.
      • The man went & told the officials that it was Jesus.

The Authority of the Son

  • The Jewish leaders began to persecute Jesus for doing his work on a Sabbath.
    • Jesus responded that his father worked everyday & so he should be working too.
    • That only pissed the leaders off more because he was working on the Sabbath & telling them that his father was God – essentially calling himself God.
    • Jesus told them that the son can do nothing by himself. He only does what God allows him to. He shows him everything & once they see it, they’ll be amazed. The father can raise the dead & give them life. But whoever does not honor the son, does not honor the father. Those who believe him will have eternal life & will escape judgment. Even the dead.

Testimonies About Jesus

  • Jesus didn’t want to tell too much about himself. No one would believe him. He told the men that they had visited John, who’d put in a good word for him. They liked John’s work, so why wouldn’t they believe what he said about Jesus?
    • But if they needed more than that, they had only to look at the miracles he was performing. He was doing this all for the father. But since they didn’t believe the one he sent, they weren’t believing in God’s word. They studied the Bible all day & night. But now they had it coming to life & they play dumb.
    • He told them they do not have the love of God in their hearts. They were never going to believe someone claiming to come in the father’s name. How would they accept glory from a human but not from God?
    • But if they believed Moses, they’d believe him. Moses had started the whole chain reaction. But since they didn’t believe him, everything Jesus was saying was falling on deaf ears.

Chapter 6

Jesus Feeds the 5000

  • Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee (Sea of Tiberias for you Romans). He was followed by a crowd who’d seen him heal the sick. Jesus went up the mountain with his disciples.
    • Jesus asked Philip where they’d get food to feed all the followers, just as a test.
    • Philip told him it’d take half a year’s salary just to give them all a snack.
    • Andrew noticed a kid with 5 small loaves of bread & 2 small fish. But that wasn’t going to go very far.
    • Jesus told them to seat the people. He took the loaves, said grace & passed out enough bread & fish to feed all the people. Jesus told his boys to gather the leftovers because nothing was to go to waste.
    • People said that was amazing & a clear sign that he was something special. He took off alone for a bit.

Jesus Walks on the Water

  • The disciples went down to the lake, got in a boat & set off for Capernaum. It was dark & Jesus had not yet joined up with them. There was a storm brewing & about 4 miles out to sea, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, on foot, walking on water.
    • He told them not to be afraid. It was him. Once they brought him on the boat, the storm calmed & they arrived on the other side of the sea.
    • The crowd there realized that Jesus hadn’t left with them but was in the boat anyway. They were amazed.

Jesus the Bread of Life

  • Jesus told the people that they hadn’t been looking for him because of his miracles but because of the bread they’d eaten. They ought not to work for food that spoils but food for eternal life. Only Jesus was capable of giving that to them.
    • They asked what they had to do for this. Jesus answered – Just believe the one God had sent.
    • The people asked for evidence of this. They mentioned their ancestors ate manna from heaven while living in the wilderness.
    • Jesus responded that Moses did not give them bread from heaven but God will give them true bread from heaven & it will give life to the world.
      • They asked for the bread.
    • Jesus said he was the bread of life & whoever came to him will never go hungry. Whoever believed in him will never go thirsty. He will never turn them away & he will keep them forever. This is the will of God.
      • The Jewish leadership were skeptical. Isn’t that the son of Joseph? But he claims to be the son of God.
    • Jesus told them to stop grumbling. Just know, those who believe will get eternal life. Those who don’t will not. If they ate the flesh of the Son of Man & drank his blood, they would get eternal life.

Many Disciples Desert Jesus

  • Many disciples couldn’t accept what Jesus was saying.
    • Jesus spoke to them. What if you saw the Son of Man go back to where he came from? The spirit gives life & the flesh counts for nothing. My words are full of spirit & life. But there are some who don’t believe. This is why I am here – to convince you that unless you believe my words, you will not get into heaven.
    • Some disciples didn’t like what he said & took off.
    • Jesus asked the 12 if they were leaving too.
    • Peter said – Where else would we go? Your words bring eternal life. We believe that you are the only son of God.
      • I’ve chosen you 12 but 1 of you is a devil.
        • That 1 was Judas who would later betray him.

Chapter 7

Jesus Goes to the Festival of Tabernacles

  • Jesus traveled around in Galilee. He didn’t want to go into Judea because the Jewish leaders were plotting against him. The Festival of Tabernacles was close & Jesus’s brothers told him to go to Judea so people can see the great things you’ve been doing. Even his brothers did not believe in him.
    • Jesus told them he wasn’t done in Galilee. They were all right as they were because the world wasn’t out to get them like it was to him. because he was showing the evils of the world. They could go to the festival but he would stay put.
    • After his brothers left for the festival, he went in secret. The Jewish leaders wondered were he was. He heard whispers about him in the crowd. Some said he was good & some said he was bad. But no one would say anything out of fear from the leaders.

Jesus Teaches at the Festival

  • Halfway through the festival, Jesus went to the temple courts & started to teach. The people there were impressed, especially without formal teaching.
    • Jesus told them that it was not his own teaching. It was all coming from God. Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will know if my teaching is God’s or my own. If you seek the glory of God, you have nothing false about you. Moses gave us the law. But nobody is keeping the law. Why shoot the messenger?
    • Then someone accused him of being possessed by a demon. “Who’s trying to kill you?”
    • I performed one miracle & you are amazed. But Moses tells you to circumcise & you circumcise on the Sabbath. If you can circumcise a boy on the Sabbath because of the Jewish law, why am I getting the business for healing a man’s whole body? Use your brains!

Division Over Who Jesus Is

  • The people of Jerusalem asked, “Who’s the guy they’re trying to kill? He’s talking here & they stand by completely silent. Do the authorities think he is the Messiah? We know a bit about this guy. But we’re told no one knows where the Messiah will come from.”
    • Jesus – Yes, you know about me & where I come from. I’m doing God’s work though. I come from him so I am qualified to speak on his behalf.
    • Attempts were made to grab him but to no avail. Many in the crowd still believed him. But many asked if the Messiah would perform more miracles than Jesus.
    • The Pharisees tried to get the temple guards to grab him.
    • Jesus told them he was only going to be around for a bit & then he was going back. No one would ever see him again.
      • The Jews asked themselves if he was going to live with the Greeks & teach them. They didn’t quite get his meaning.
    • On the last day of the festival, Jesus spoke – Anyone who’s thirsty can come to me for a drink. If you believe me, rivers of living water will flow in you. The spirit will live in you.
      • People now were believing he was the prophet or Messiah.
    • People asked how he could be the Messiah. He was from Galilee & the Messiah was supposed to come from David’s line. People were divided over who he actually was.

Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders

  • The temple guards went back to the priests empty-handed. They had never heard any one speak the way he did.
    • The Pharisees were upset that he had gotten to the guards too. The Pharisee rulers didn’t believe him. The ignorant crowd fell for him.
    • Nicodemus – the one who’d gone to Jesus earlier, asked if the law condemns a man without hearing his side of the story.
      • The rest believed he had been gotten to too. Prophets don’t come from Galilee!

Chapter 8

  • The disciples went home but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
    • He showed up outside of the temple courts. He sat down & taught the people there.
    • The teachers of the law & Pharisees brought an adulteress. They made her stand in front of the group & said to Jesus: Teacher, this women was caught in the act of adultery. Moses’s law tells us that we must stone this woman. What do you say about that?
      • This was a trap to get a basis for accusing him.
    • Jesus bent down & wrote on the ground with his finger. As he was questioned, he stood up he said: Anyone one of you who is without sin can throw the first stone at her. Where are they? Has no one condemned you?
      • No, sir
    • Then I don’t condemn you either. Go home & stop your life of sin.

Dispute Over Jesus’s Testimony

  • When Jesus spoke, he said that he was the Light of the World. Anyone who’d walk with him in darkness because he’d have the light of the world.
    • The Pharisees told him that his testimony wasn’t valid
    • Jesus told them that even if he did testify on his own behalf, it would be valid because he knew who he was & where he was going. They were judging him by human standards & he passed judgment on nobody. If he did judge, it was using God’s standards. The Pharisees’ laws said if 2 witnesses said something then it was “true”. But he & his father have a different standard.
      • They asked where his father was.
    • Jesus said they didn’t know him or his father. If they knew him, they’d know his father.

Dispute Over Who Jesus Is

  • Jesus told them that he would be going away. If they looked for him they’d look for him. They would die in sin & where he’s going, they couldn’t come.
    • They asked if he was going to kill himself. What did that mean?
    • He said that he was from above & they were from below. He was not of this world. They would die in their sins if they didn’t believe in him.
      • They asked who he was.
    • He said he’d already told them. He came from God.
      • They didn’t understand what he was saying. So he told them – when you’ve exalted the Son of Man, you’ll know I’m him & I only do what I say I do.
      • They still didn’t believe him.

Dispute Over Whose Children Jesus’s Opponents Are

  • Jesus told the believers that if they held on to his teaching, they were really his disciples. Then they’d know the truth & the truth would set them free.
    • They answered they were Abraham’s descendants & have never been slaves. How would be set free?
    • Jesus said that everyone who sins is a slave to the sin. A slave has no permanent place in the family. But the son belongs forever. If the son sets you free, you’ll be free forever. I know you are descendants of Abraham but you’re looking for a way to kill me because you have no room for my word. I’m telling you about God from my own experience. You’re just going off of what you’ve heard from your father.
      • They answered that Abraham was their father.
    • Jesus said if you were his kids, you’d do what he did. You’re just looking to get rid of me, the one who’s told you the truth I got from God. Abraham didn’t do that. You’re doing what he did.
      • They said they were not illegitimate children & the only father they had was God himself.
    • Jesus said if God were their father, they’d love him because he came here from God. He didn’t come on his own, he was sent. Why was he not getting through to them? They must belong to their father, the devil, a murderer since the beginning & the father of lies. Jesus was telling the truth & not guilty of any sin.

Jesus’s Claims About Himself

  • The Jews answered that he was a demon-possessed Samaritan.
    • Jesus said he wasn’t possessed & only honored his father. They were dishonoring him. He wasn’t seeking glory for himself but for him. But whoever obeyed his word would never die.
    • The men said now they knew he was possessed by a demon. Abraham died & so did the prophets. But you say your followers will never die. Are you greater than Abraham?
    • Jesus said if he glorified himself, it was incidental. Glory for him meant nothing. He knows the will of God & will carry it out. Abraham was excited about my coming.
      • He said that before Abraham was born, he was.
      • The men picked up stones to throw but Jesus slipped away.

Chapter 9

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

  • Jesus ran into a man who’d been blind from birth. His disciples asked was it because the man sinned or parents did that he was born blind?
    • Jesus answered that neither was the case. He was born like this so that the works of God could be displayed in him. While it is day, we must do the works of God. No one works at night. But I am the light of the world while I’m here.
    • Jesus spat on the ground & mad mud with his saliva & rubbed the man’s face in the mud. He then told the man to wash his face in the Pool of Siloam. The man did so I was able to see.
    • The neighbors saw this & were shocked. Some could not believe it. The man told him about Jesus.

The Pharisees Investigate the Healing

  • The formerly blind man was brought to the Pharisees. He’d been cured on a Sabbath. They asked how he’d gotten his sight. He recounted the story.
    • One of the Pharisees said a man of God would not do this on the Sabbath. Another asked how a sinner would do this. They asked the blind man what his opinion was. He said that he was a prophet.
    • The Pharisees didn’t believe that the man was blind in the first place. They quizzed his parents & his son about the matter. The parents said he was born blind. But they didn’t know how he could see now. They were too afraid to say anything more. They told the men to ask him.
    • They brought him back in to repeat his story. They insulted him & ground him down. He responded that it was God who opened his eyes & they don’t even seem to know who God is. No man not from God could do that.
      • The Pharisees wrote him off as being steeped in sin from his birth.

Spiritual Blindness

  • Jesus heard that they threw the man & when he found him, he asked if he believed in the Son of Man.
    • The man said he wanted to know who that is so he could believe in him.
    • Jesus said – you’re looking at him.
      • The man said, Yes.
    • Jesus said he was there also in a metaphorical sense to make the “blind” “see”.
      • One of the Pharisees overheard this & asked if they were blind.
      • Jesus answered, if you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty of sin. But now that you claim to be able to see, you are guilty.

Chapter 10

The Good Shepherd & His Sheep

  • Jesus told the Pharisees that anyone who doesn’t bring the sheep through the gate but climbs in some other way is a robber & thief. The one who comes through the gate is a shepherd. The gatekeeper owns the gate for him & the sheep listen to him. He calls his sheep by name & leads them out. When he’s brought out his own, goes ahead of them & they follow them. The sheep don’t follow strangers but actually run away. The Pharisees didn’t understand what he was saying.
    • Jesus laid it out for them. He is the gate for the sheep. The ones who’ve come before him are robbers & thieves. Those who enter through him are saved. They can come in a hang out in the pasture. The thief only comes to steal, kill & destroy. He came so that the have life.
    • He’s the good shepherd & will lay down his life for the sheep. The hired hand isn’t the shepherd & doesn’t own the sheep. When a wolf comes, the hired hands abandon the sheep. The wolf attacks the flock & scatters it. He ran off because he doesn’t really care about the sheep.
    • Jesus said he was the good shepherd in that he knows his sheep & they know him. He will lay down his life for the sheep. He had sheep outside the pen. He has to bring them in & they’ll recognize his voice. He isn’t forced to lay down his life of his own accord. He has the authority to do so & take it back up.
    • The Pharisees were divided. Many said he was demon-possessed & mental. Why should anyone listen to him. Others said these weren’t the words of a madman. Can demons open the eyes of the blind?

Further Conflict Over Jesus’s Claims

  • It was Hanukkah in Jerusalem, in the winter. Jesus was in the temple courts in Solomon’s Colonnade. The Jews there gathered around him asking him if he would tell them if he was the Messiah or not.
    • Jesus said he told them already but they didn’t believe. What he was doing was a testimony of why God sent him. But they didn’t believe him because they weren’t his sheep. His sheep know him & listen to him. He’ll give them eternal life & will never die. No one will take them away from him.
    • Again, the Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him but Jesus asked if he had shown them such great works, which one was he worthy of stoning?
    • They said they weren’t stoning him for good work but for blasphemy because he claimed to be God.
    • Jesus answered them: Isn’t it in the law, “I have said you are ‘gods'”? If he called them ‘gods’, to whom the word of God came – & Scripture cannot be set aside – what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own & sent into the world?
      • Why the accusation of blasphemy because he said he was God’s son?
      • He shouldn’t be believed unless he was doing the works of his father. He does them even if the Pharisees don’t believe him, his works & that they’ll know the father was in him & he was in the father. They couldn’t get him when they tried to grab for him.
    • Jesus went back across the Jordan where John had been baptizing. He stayed there for a bit & talked to a lot of people. They said John never performed miracles but everything he said about Jesus was right.

Chapter 11

The Death of Lazarus

  • A man named Lazarus from Bethany (village of Mary & her sister Martha) was sick. Lazarus’s sisters sent word to Jesus telling him Lazarus was sick.
    • Jesus said the sickness wouldn’t end in death. It is for the glory of God so that his son may be glorified in death. He heard about Lazarus’s illness but stayed where he was for 2 days. He told his friends, let’s go back to Judea.
    • They warned him that it was too soon because he might get stones.
    • He said the day is long. If a man walked in the day, he wouldn’t stumble because he sees the light of this world. But if a man walks in night because the light isn’t in him.
    • Jesus said he was going to wake Lazarus up. His disciples told him that Lazarus would do better to sleep while he was sick. Jesus was talking about waking him up from the dead, not from a snooze.
    • He told them Lazarus was dead & they should go to him.

Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus

  • Jesus found Lazarus had been in a tomb for 4 days. Bethany was less than 2 miles from Jerusalem & many Jews came to comfort Lazarus’s family. Sister Martha came to see Jesus.
    • Martha told Jesus, If you had been here on time, my brother might still be alive. Jesus told him that Lazarus would rise again. Martha mentioned the judgment day. But Jesus said, he was the resurrection & the life. Whoever believed in him will live even if he dies. Those who believe in him will never die. He asked if Martha believed that.
    • Martha said she did believe he was the Messiah. She went back to her sister, Mary. Mary came to see him & fell to his feet, saying if Jesus had been there in time, Lazarus wouldn’t have died.
    • Jesus saw her weeping & everyone around her weeping. He was moved & then asked to see his burial site. Jesus wept there. Someone asked if he could fix a blind man, could he prevent Lazarus’s death?

Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

  • Jesus came to the cave & had the stone removed. Martha warned him there’d be a bad odor after 4 days.
    • Jesus told her that if she believed, she would see the glory of God.
    • The stone was removed & spoke to God thanking him for allowing him to humor the people.
    • Jesus called out to Lazarus to exit the cave. The dead man came out of the cave, wrapped in linen & cloth. Jesus asked for the burial clothes to be removed.

The Plot to Kill Jesus

  • Many people saw this & believed in Jesus. Some reported the event to the Pharisees at a meeting of the Sanhedrin.
    • They deliberated. There was a man performing miracles. If they let him carry on like that, many more would start believing in him. Then the Romans would take away their temple & nation.
    • Caiaphas, that year’s high priest, spoke: You don’t know much. Don’t realize that it’s better to have one man die than let the whole nation die.
    • There had been a prophecy that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation & those who’d been scattered throughout the world. He would bring them all together & make them one. So they started to plot his death.
    • Jesus stopped moving around in Judea in public. He went into the wilderness, in a village called Ephraim, with his disciples.
    • It was almost Passover time & many people went up to Jerusalem for the ceremonial cleansing. They looked for Jesus in the temple courts, wondering if he would come or not. The Pharisees ordered him to be arrested.

Chapter 12

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

  • 6 days before Passover, Jesus went to Bethany where Lazarus lived. He was given a dinner in his honor. Martha cooked & Mary used an expensive perfume & poured it on Jesus’s feet.
    • One of the disciples, Judas, didn’t like it. Why wasn’t the perfume being sold off to give the money to the poor? It was a year’s wages worth.
      • Judas didn’t say he cared for the poor, mostly because he himself was a thief. He kept the money for the group & used to help himself to group’s money.
    • Jesus told him that Martha was saving this up for my burial day. They would always have poor to help but he was only going to be there a short time.
    • A large crowd gathered there because they’d heard Jesus was there – the one who’d raised Lazarus from the dead. The Jewish priests were looking to kill Lazarus too. Too many people were going over to Jesus.

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

  • The day after, the crowd head Jesus was heading to Jerusalem. They took palm branches & went out to shout to him: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of Lord! Bless is the king of Israel!”
    • Jesus rode in on a donkey because it was written that the new king would come into town that way.
    • This was initially over the heads of his disciples. Only later did they get it that this had been written in a prophesy.
    • The crowd that had followed him since he’d raised Lazarus from the dead. People heard of the miracle & wanted to see him. The Pharisees said to each other that the whole world was going fro him.

Jesus Predicts His Death

  • There were some Greeks in the crowd who spoke to Philip, saying that they’d like to see Jesus. He passed the request on to the man himself.
    • Jesus said that the hour has to come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground & dies, it’s just a single seed. If it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves life will lose it. Anyone who hates his life, the world will keep it for eternity. Whoever serves him must follow him. Wherever he was, his servants will also be there. The father will honor those who served Jesus.
    • If you beg God for relief from a troubled soul & saving, know that this is why Jesus had come to earth. He told his father to glorify his own name.
      • A voice came from heaven saying, “I have glorified it & will glorify it again.” The crowd that heard it said it had thundered. Others said an angel had spoken.
    • Jesus said that the voice was for the benefit of the crowd & not for him. The time for judgment on the world is coming & the prince of the world will be driven out. When he he was to be take from the earth, he’ll draw all people to himself.
      • This was a sign that he knew he was going to die.
    • Someone in the crowd spoke – We’ve heard from the law that the Messiah would remain forever but how could he say the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who exactly the Son of Man?
      • Jesus answered – They are going to have the light a little big longer. They ought to walk while they have the light before darkness overtakes them. If you walk in the dark, you don’t know where you’re going. Believe in the light to become children of the light.
        • He got up, left & walked off alone.

Belief & Unbelief Among the Jews

  • Even after Jesus performed so many miracles, a lot of people didn’t believe him. This fulfilled the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah foresaw Jesus’s glory & spoke about it.
    • But in fact, many leaders started to believe in him. But because of the Pharisees, they kept their faith to themselves for fear of being expelled from their synagogue. But they preferred human praise than praise from God.
    • Jesus said whoever believed in him, believes not just in him but the one who sent me. He had come into the world as a light & whoever doesn’t believe him will sit in the darkness.
      • Anyone who heard his words but didn’t keep them, he doesn’t judge them. He didn’t come to judge the world but to save it. There’s a judge for those who reject him & don’t accept his words. That will be the criteria for judgment on the last day. He doesn’t speak to his own but for the father who commanded him to say what he’s said. That command leads to eternal life. He’s just the passing on the word.

Chapter 13

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

  • Just before Passover, Jesus knew it was nearly time for him to leave the world & go to his father. He loved his own in the world & would until the end.
    • The disciples were eating dinner, & Judas had already been prompted by Judas to betray Jesus. Jesus know that God had things under control & he would return to him. He got up & took off his outer clothing & wrapped a towel around his waist. He poured water into a basin & washed his disciples’ feet & dried them with a towel.
    • He came to Simon/Peter, who asked him: Are you going to wash my feet?
      • Jesus answered that it might not make sense now but later you’ll understand.
      • Peter told him that he should never wash his feet.
      • Jesus answered that unless he did wash him, Peter would have no part of him.
    • When he’d finished washing all the feet, he put his clothes back on & asked if they understood what he’d done. They called him “teacher” & “Lord” for good reason. But now that the Lord & teacher has washed their feel, you should wash each other’s feet. He was just setting the example. No servant is greater than his master. No messenger is greater than the one who sent him. Now that they knew this, they should do that.

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

  • Jesus spoke to them: I’m not referring to all of you but one of you has turned against me. I’m just telling you before it actually happens so you believe that I am who I say I am.  Anyone who accepts anyone I send accepts me. Whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me. But one of you is going to betray me.
    • The disciples stared at one another, at a loss. Simon/Peter asked another to ask who he meant. So he asked who it was.
    • Jesus said it was the one he’d give this piece of bread to once he’d dipped in the dish. He dipped it & gave it to Judas. Judas took the bread & Satan entered into him.
      • Jesus told him if you are going to do it, do it quickly. Nobody else understood what was going on. Since Judas was in charge of the money, some thought Jesus was asking him to buy something for the festival or give something to the poor. Judas took the bread & left.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

  • After Judas left, Jesus told him that the Son of Man was now glorified & likewise God is glorified.
    • Jesus told the disciples that he’d only be with them a little longer. They will look for him & where he was going, they could not come with him.
    • A new command he was giving them: Love one another. As he loved them, they must love one another. Through this, everyone will know you are my disciples if you love one another.
      • Peter asked where he was going.
      • Jesus said that where it was they couldn’t come but they’d follow later.
      • Peter asked why not. He was willing to lay down his life for Jesus.
      • Jesus said: Really? Before the rooster crows, you’ll disown me three times.

Chapter 14

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

  • Jesus said to them: Don’t get too down. You believe in God & me. My father has many rooms & if that weren’t true, would I have told them I was preparing a place for them? If I go to prepare a place for you, I’ll come back to take you with me to where I am. You know the way to get there.

Jesus the Way to the Father

  • Thomas asked: We don’t know where you’re going, so how could we know the way?
    • Jesus answered that he was the way, truth & life. No one comes to the father except through him. If you really knew him, you would know his father as well. Now you know him & seen him.
    • Philip asked to see the father & that would be enough.
    • Jesus answered: Don’t you know me even after spending all that time with me? If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the father. So why ask to see the father? Don’t you believe that I am the father & he is in me? I’m not speaking on my own authority. The father is living in me & I’m doing his work. Whoever believes in me will do the works I am doing & will do even greater things that these because I’m going to the father. I will do whatever you ask in my name so the father my be glorify in the son.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

  • Jesus: If you love me, keep my commands. I will ask the father & he’ll give you another advocate to help you & be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world can’t accept him because it can’t see him or know him. You know him because he’s in you. I won’t leave you orphans. I come to you. But soon, the world won’t see me anymore but you will. On that day, you will realize I am in the father & you are in me & I am in you. If you keep my commands loves me.
    • Judas said: Why do you intend to show us & not the world?
    • Jesus said: Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. The father will too & we will come to them & make our home with them. Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey my teaching. These aren’t my words, they’re my father’s.
    • The Holy Spirit will be send by my father in my name. It will teach you all things & remind you of what I’ve told you. I leave you with peace. Don’t let your hearts be troubled, nor be afraid.
    • You’ve heard me say that I’m leaving & coming back. If you loved me you’d be glad that I’m going with the father because he is greater than me. I’m telling you now so you’ll believe me when it happens. That’s about all…

Chapter 15

The Vine & the Branches

  • I am the true vine & my father is the gardener. He cuts off branches that bear no fruit. Branches that do bear fruit will be pruned to be more fruitful. You all are cleaned because I’ve told you all this. Remain in me & I’ll remain in you. No branch can bear fruit alone & must remain on the vine & must remain in me.
    • I am the vine & you are the branches. You can do nothing apart from me. If you don’t remain, you will be thrown away & you will wither. Those will be thrown in the fire & burned. All this will be done for you for the father’s glory so you will bear fruit as my disciples.
    • As the father loves me, I love you. Remain in my love, keep my commands. I’m telling you this so my joy may be in you & be complete. Love each other as I love you. There is no greater love to lay down your life for your friends. You are my friends if you keep my command. You are no longer servants because a servant doesn’t know his master’s business. I’ve taught you all you need to know.

The World Hates the Disciples

  • If the world hates you, remember it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. I have chose you out of the world. That’s why the world hates you. Remember I’ve told you a servant is not greater than his master. If you persecuted me, they will persecute you too. If they obeyed my teaching, the will obey yours too.
    • They treat you like this because of my name for they don’t know who sent me. If I had not come & spoken to them, they wouldn’t be guilty of sin but now they have no excuse for sin. Whoever hates me hates my father. They have seen me & hated me. This is a fulfillment written in the law: “They hated me without reason”.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

  • When the advocate comes, the one I’ll send you from the father – Spirit of truth from the father – he’ll testify about me. You must testify because you’ve been with me from the beginning.

Chapter 16

  • I’ve told you all this so you won’t fall away. They’ll kick you out of the synagogue. Those who kill you thinking they’re doing God’s will. They do this because they don’t know me or the father. I’m telling you so you can remember what I’ve said when they come for you.
    • You’re not actually asking where I’m going. You’re just filled with grief because I’ve told you all this. It’s for your own good that I’m leaving you. Unless I leave, the advocate won’t come to you. If I go, I’ll send him to you.
    • The advocate will prove the world to be wrong about sin, righteousness & judgment. Regarding sin – because people don’t believe in me. Regarding righteousness because I’m going to the father where you can’t see me anymore. Regarding judgment because the prince of the world now stands condemned.
    • I have more to say to you than you can bear. When the Spirit comes, he will speak only what he hears & he will tell you what is to come. He will glorify me because he will receive what he tells you from me.

The Disciples’ Grief Will Turn to Joy

  • Jesus: In a little while you will see me no more, then after a little while longer, you will see me.
    • The disciples said to each other: What does he mean by all this? We don’t understand.
  • Jesus read the feeling of the room & explained further.
    • You will weep & mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve but it will soon to joy. A woman is in pain while her child is born but afterwards, she forgets the pain because the joy of a new child is so much greater.
    • Now is your time of grief but I’ll see you all soon enough & you will rejoice. No one will be able to take the joy away from you. That day, you won’t need to ask me any more questions. My father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now, you haven’t asked for anything in my name. Ask & you will receive. Your joy will be complete.
    • I’ve been speaking figuratively, but the time will come when I will use plain language about my father. In that day, you’ll ask in my name. I’m not saying that I will ask the father on your behalf. The father loves you because you’ve loved me & believed that I came from God. I come from the father into the world & now I leave the world to go back to the Father.
  • The disciples said: You are speaking clearly & not metaphorically. We can see that you know everything & don’t need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe you come from God.
    • Jesus: You believe now but soon you will be scatter & you will leave me alone. I’m not alone, the father is with me. I’m telling you this that you may have peace in me. This world will give you loads of trouble. But don’t worry, I have overcome the world

Chapter 17

Jesus Prays to Be Glorified

  • After all that, Jesus prayed:
    • Father, the time has come. Glorify your son so that your son may glorify you. You’ve given him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all you have given him. Eternal life is where they will know you & Jesus, the one you’ve sent.
    • I’ve brought you glory on earth by doing the work you’ve given me. Glorify me in your presence with the glory I had before the world began.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

  • Jesus continues his prayer:
    • I’ve revealed you to those you’ve given me. They were yours & you’ve given them to me. They’ve obeyed your word. Now they know what’s coming up. I gave them the words you’ve given me & they have accept them. They knew that I come from you.
    • I pray for them. I’m not praying for the world but those you have given me because they are yours. Everything I have is yours. Everything you have is mine. Glory comes to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer but they are still here.
    • Father protect them in the power of your name, the name you’ve given me so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them & kept them safe. The only one lost was lost to fulfill Scripture.
    • I’m coming to you now but rejoice in the the world in the last moments I’m here. I’ve given them your word. The world will hate them because they are no longer of the world. My prayer is not for you to take them out of the world but to protect them from the evil one.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

  • Jesus continues:
    • My prayer is not for them alone. I pray for those who believe in me through their message so that they all may be one just as we are. May they be in us so the world may believe that you sent me. I have given them the glory you’ve given me so we can be in complete unity. Then the world will know you sent me & love them as you loved me.
    • I want those you’ve given to join me & see my glory.
    • Though the world does not know you, I know you & they know you sent me. I’ve made you known to them & will continue to talk about you so that I may continue to be in them.

Chapter 18

Jesus Arrested

  • After Jesus finish praying, he & his disciples crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side, there was a garden where he & the disciples went there.
    • Judas knew the place because Jesus & his friends went there often. Judas came to the garden guiding a group of solders & officials from the priests & Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns & weapons.
    • Jesus knew it was going to happen& went out to ask them who they wanted.
      • They answered: Jesus of Nazareth.
    • Jesus said that’s him. They all drew back & fell to the ground. This happened again.
      • Jesus said he was Jesus & the others should be let go. He was doing this so his words would be fulfilled (“I haven’t lost one of those you’ve given me”).
    • Simon/Peter, drew his sword & cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant.
      • Jesus command Peter to put his sword away. He was not going to refuse the cup his father had given him.
      • The soldiers arrest Jesus, bound him & too him to Annas, father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest. Caiaphas was the one who advised that it’d be good if one man died for the people.

Peter’s First Denial

  • Simon/Peter & another disciple followed Jesus. He was known to the high priest & went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple came back & then Peter went in.
    • The servant girl asked Peter if he was Jesus’s disciple.
    • Peter said he wasn’t.
    • The servants & officials stood around a fire. Peter stood warming himself.

The High Priest Questions Jesus

  • The high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples & his teaching.
    • Jesus said he had spoke openly to the world. He taught in synagogues & temples where all Jews came together. He said nothing secretly. What was with all the questions. Ask those who heard him. They’ll know.
    • An official slapped him & asked if that’s the way you answer the high priest.
    • Jesus: If I said something wrong, tell me how. But I spoke the truth. Why did you strike me.
      • He was sent to Caiaphas bound up.

Peter’s Second & Third Denials

  • Simon/Peter was still standing there warming himself. They asked him if he was with Jesus.
    • He denied it – No, I’m not.
    • One servant said: Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?
      • Peter denied it again. At that moment a rooster began to crow.

Jesus Before Pilate

  • The Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the Roman governor. At this point, it was early morning & to avoid ceremonial uncleanness, they didn’t go into the palace because they wanted to eat at Passover.
    • Pilate came out to ask what charges were being brought against him.
    • Pilate said that they should deal with him themselves by their own law.
      • They said they didn’t have the right to execute. That fulfilled what Jesus said about how he was going to die.
    • Pilate went back into the palace & summoned Jesus to ask him if he was the king of the Jews.
      • Jesus asked if that was Pilate’s own question or one being foisted on him by others.
    • Pilate said that he wasn’t a Jew & the Jewish people & priests handed him over to him. What was it that Jesus had done?
      • Jesus said that his kingdom was not of this world. If it were, his servants would have tried to prevent his arrest. His kingdom is from another place.
        • Pilate said Jesus was a king.
      • Jesus said that while Pilate said that he was a king. But the reason he was born & came into the world was to testify the truth. Anyone on the side of truth would listen to him.
    • Pilate asked what truth was. He went out to tell the Jewish crowd there that he saw no basis for a charge. But it was custom to release one prisoner to them during Passover. Do you want me to release the “King of the Jews”?
      • They answered back: No! they wanted Barabbas who had taken part of an uprising.

Chapter 19

Jesus Sentenced to Be Crucified

  • Pilate took Jesus & had him flogged. The soldiers put together a crown of thorns & put it on his head. They put him in a purple robe & mocked him, saying “Hail, the King of the Jews” & slapped him around.
    • Pilate went out to the Jews in the crowd outside, saying: Look I’m bringing him out to you to tell you I have nothing to charge him with.
    • Jesus was brought up with his robe & crown. Pilate said this was the one he was talking about.
      • The chief priests & officials shouted: Crucify him! Crucify him!
    • Pilate said you may crucify him but I have nothing to charge him with.
      • Jewish leaders said they had a law & it said he must die because he claimed to be the son of God.
    • When Pilate heard this, he was frightened. He went back into the palace & asked Jesus where he came from but Jesus said nothing. Pilate reminded him that he had the power to free him or crucify him. Why wasn’t he speaking?
      • Jesus said that Pilate had no power over him if he didn’t get it from above. The one who handed him over to him was guilty of a greater sin.
      • Pilate tried to set Jesus free but the Jewish leaders kept shouting: If you let this man go, you’re no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.
      • Pilate heard this & brought Jesus down to the Judge’s seat at the Stone Pavement. It was noon on the day of Preparation of the Passover.
        • Pilate said to the Jews: Here is your king.
      • But the crowd should to have him taken away & be crucified.
        • Pilate asked if he was to crucify the king.
        • They responded that they only had Caesar as king.
        • Pilate decided to hand him over to be crucified.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

  • The soldiers took charge of Jesus. He carried his own cross & when to the place of the Skull. They crucified him there with 2 others – one on each side of him.
    • Pilate had a sign put on the cross that said: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. Many Jews read the sign because he had been crucified near the city. It was written in Aramaic, Latin & Greek.
    • The chief priests asked Pilate not to write “King of the Jews” because it was only that the man claimed to be king of the Jews.
      • Pilate responded: What I have written, I have written.
    • When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took off his clothes, dividing them into 4 pieces, one for each of them. He was left in his underpants. They decided not tear it but decide by lot who’d get it.
      • This was a fulfillment of a prophecy. & that was what the soldiers did.
    • By the cross stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary wife of Clopas, & Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother & his disciple there, he said to her: Woman, here’s your son.
      • The disciple said: Here is your mother.
        • The disciple took her into his home.

The Death of Jesus

  • Later, knowing it was all over & that the Scripture would be fulfilled. Jesus said that he was thirsty. The soldiers soaked a sponge with vinegar & gave it to him. Jesus received the drink & decided it was all over. He bowed his head & gave up his spirit.
    • Because it was the day of Preparation & the next day was the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders didn’t want bodies left on crosses during the Sabbath. They asked Pilate to have legs broken & bodies taken down.
    • Soldiers came to break the legs of the first man who’d been crucified with Jesus & the other. When they came to Jesus, they found he was already dead & instead pierced his side. There was a flow of blood & water. The scripture had been fulfilled that not one of his bones would be broken & them looking at the one they’ve pierced.

The Burial of Jesus

  • Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Joseph was a disciple but only in secret because he feared the Jesus leaders. Pilate OK’d it & Joseph took the body away.
    • He was Nicodemus, the man who’d visited Jesus one night. He brought a mixture of myrrh & aloes. The 2 of them wrapped it with spices & strips of linen. This was all according to Jewish burial customs.
    • Jesus was taken to a nearby garden & in a new tomb where no one had ever been laid.

John 20

The Empty Tomb

  • Early on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene woke up early & went to the tomb & saw the stone in the entrance. It had been removed. She went running to Simon/Peter & the other disciple & said: They’ve taken the Lord out of the tomb & we don’t know where they put him.
    • Peter & the other went to the tomb running. The other disciple looked down at the strips of linen lying there. They went into the tomb & saw his burial clothes on the ground. They saw & believed. Then they went back to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

  • Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept & looked into the tomb, she saw 2 angels sitting where Jesus’s body had been – one at the head & the other at the foot.
    • They asked why she was crying.
    • She said they’d taken the lord away & she didn’t know where they put him.
      • She turned around & saw Jesus standing there but not knowing it was Jesus.
    • Jesus asked why she was crying. Who was she looking for?
      • She thought he was a gardener. She was looking for him. They’d taken him away & wanted to find where they put him.
    • Jesus called her name: Mary.
      • She cried out “Teacher!”.
    • Jesus told her not to hold on to him because he hadn’t yet ascended to the father. She was to got to his brothers & that h was ascending to his father, her father, his God & her God.
      • Mary went & told the disciples the news.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

  • That evening, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked out of fear of the Jewish leaders. Jesus came to them & said “Peace be with you” He showed them his hands & side. They were overjoyed with what they saw.
    • Jesus told them as the father sent him, he is sending them. He breathed on them & told them to receive the holy spirit. If they forgave anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven. If they didn’t, they would not be forgiven.

Jesus Appears to Thomas

  • Thomas wasn’t there when Jesus had showed up. The other disciples told him they saw the lord. But he said that unless he saw the nail marks in his hands & put his finger where the nails were, & see his side, he would not believe.
    • A week later, the disciples were in the house again. Thomas was with them. Jesus came in & told Thomas: Go ahead put your finger there & look my hands & side. Stop doubting & believe. Thomas was convinced.
    • Jesus told him because he saw him, he believed. But blessed are those who have not seen & yet believed.

The Purpose of John’s Gospel

  • Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples not recorded in this book. These were record so you’d believe that Jesus is the Messiah, son of God & that by believing you may have life in his name.

Chapter 21

Jesus & the Miraculous Catch of Fish

  • Jesus appeared again to his disciples by the Sea of Galilee. Simon/Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee & 2 other disciples were all together. Simon/Peter went out to fish & they came with him. They went out & caught nothing.
    • Early that morning, Jesus stood on the shore but they had no idea it was him.
    • He called out to them, asking how their catch was. They responded they hadn’t caught anything.
    • He said: Throw your net to the right side & you’ll find some.
      • They did this & couldn’t bring it in because the net was so full of fish.
    • One disciple said to Peter: It’s the Lord. They all agreed. Simon/Peter wrapped his coat around him & jumped in the water. The other disciples followed him in the boat towing the net full of fish.
      • When they landed, they saw a fish let with fish on it, along with bread.
    • Jesus told them to bring to fish what they have caught. Simon/Peter brought in 153 fish. Jesus told them to have some breakfast. Every one of them knew it was the lord. Jesus came, took the bread & gave it to them & did the same with the fish. This was the 3rd time Jesus showed up to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus Reinstates Peter

  • After breakfast, Jesus asked Simon/Peter: Do you love me more than these guy?
    • Peter said Yes.
    • Jesus told him to feed his lambs.
    • Jesus asked him again if he loved him.
    • Peter said again: Yes.
    • Jesus told him to take care of his sheep.
    • Jesus asked him again if he loved him.
    • Peter said again: Yes.
    • Jesus said: Feed my sheep. When you were younger, you went where you wanted. But when you are old you will stretch out your hands & someone else will dress you & lead you where you do not want to go.
      • Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him: Follow him.
    • Peter looked at the disciple whom Jesus loved (John?). Peter asked about him.
      • Jesus answered: If I want him to remain alive until I return, what’s that to you? You must follow me.
        • This sparked a rumor among the disciples that he’d never die. But Jesus never said that. He was just making a point that it wasn’t anything to the rest of the group if Jesus wanted him to remain alive.
      • John just testifies what he saw & wrote them down.
        • Jesus did a lot more. If every one of them had to be written down, there could not be enough paper to put them on.

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