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John

The Gospel of John

It is the universal testimony of the early church that the author of the Gospel of John is John the Apostle, "the disciple whom Jesus loved."  Not until the 19th century, when frantic theology students needed a new topic for their ThD. theses did anyone challenge the authorship.  Many strange theories were spun on this.

The Gospel itself is clearly different from the other three Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke.  John wrote this work some time after the writing of Matthew, Mark and Luke, as is evident from the things he did not repeat.  He assumes you've read the other ones.  So his stories are those of one who was closest to Jesus.  He was Jesus' best friend, his long time companion - and the only Apostle to die a natural death.  It reads not so much like history as it does reminiscences. 

Because of its powerful presentation of Jesus, the Christ, it is the first book translated into any newly discovered language.  This is a mark also of its usefulness.  More than that, it is the best loved of the Gospels, for it is the Gospel of Love Himself.

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John 1:1-14 The Word Made Flesh -  The mystic opening of the Gospel - the word was God, was with God, and became flesh.
John 1:15-36 Building A Desert Road - The ministry and character of John the Baptist.
John 1:35-51 Come And See -  Jesus calls some of his first disciples, Peter, Andrew and others.
John 2:1-11 Water and Wine - The miracle of the water to wine at the wedding in Cana.
John 2:12-25 A Deed Full of High Authority - The first cleansing of the Temple.
John 3:1-21 The Necessary, Easy - A somewhat unusual look at Nicodemus' visit to Jesus by night.
John 3:22-36 My Joy Is Fulfilled - John the Baptist's disciples question him about Jesus.
John 4:1-42 The Woman At The Well -  Jesus speaks to the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well; many Samaritans put their faith in Him
John 4:43 - 5:15 Two Miracles - Jesus raises a dead son in Capernaum; then heals a crippled man at the pool of Bethesda.
John 5:16-47 Who Am I - Jesus declares himself to be God before those who persecuted him.
John 6:1-21 Old Creation New Creation -  An analysis of the miracles of feeding the five thousand and walking on water.
John 6:22-71 Bread of Life -  Our attitude toward miracles and the nature of Christ; the words of life.
John 7 Christ and the Crowd - The various reactions to Christ from the ordinary people.
John 8:1-11 Christ and the Sinner -  The woman taken in adultery - a clever trap.
John 8:12-59 Light of the World -  The children of light, the children of Satan, and lessons for the disciples.
John 9 Blind Man From Missouri -  The story of a blind man healed - who persistently sticks to the facts, despite the Pharisees' theory.
John 10 The Good Shepherd -  Christ's discourse on being the Good Shepherd.
John 11:1-32 The Unexpected Jesus -  The surprising actions of Jesus surrounding raising Lazarus from the dead.
John 11:33-57 Lazarus Come Forth - Jesus raises Lazarus; the attitudes of those around.
John 12:1-8 Perfume -  Mary of Bethany pours perfume on Jesus feet - and Judas condemns it.
John 12:12-26 Triumphal Entry - The Triumphal Entry - and what it teaches us about the nature of Christ.
John 12:27-50 Light In Troubled Times -  Christ contemplates his Crucifixion - and tells the world they will have his light only a short while longer.
John 13:1-17 Washing The Feet - Jesus washes the disciples' feet - and explains to them servant leadership.
John 13:18-38 Betrayal - Judas goes out to betray Jesus - and it was night. Peter's denials foretold.
John 14:1-7 The Way, The Truth, The Life - Jesus goes to prepare a place for us; let not your hearts be troubled.
John 14:8-31 Introduction to the Trinity - Christ explains the relationships between Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
John 15 Church and World -  The vine and the branches; obey my commandments; persecution to come.
John 16:1-6 The Counselor - Jesus instructs his disciples concerning the Holy Spirit.
John 16:7-33 Birth Pains - Jesus tells his disciples of the pain they will have because of the Crucifixion - and the joy at the Resurrection.
John 17 Last Prayer -  Christ's high priestly prayer.
John 18:1-27 Denial -  Peter denies the Lord three times - and an explanation of why.
John 18:28 - 19:16  Render Unto Caesar -  The relationship of church and state exemplified in the examination of Christ by Pontius Pilate.
John 19:17-37 Crucifixion - John's account of the Crucifixion.
John 20 Words of Christ - The words of Christ to various disciples after his resurrection.
John 21 Path of Restoration -  Jesus appears to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, where he restores Peter to leadership.

These lessons were originally delivered in 2002 - 2003.

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