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The Gospel of John has the most direct challenge to the reader to believe and accept that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. This gospel more than any other book of the Bible reveals the mind of Christ.

The Gospel of John has the most direct challenge to the reader to believe and accept that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. This gospel more than any other book of the Bible reveals the mind of Christ.

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    • “That You Might Believe” The Gospel of John Bible Readings: Colossians 1:9-23 (page 833) John 4:43-54 (page 753) 1 Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • The Gospel of John was written to help people believe Jesus is the Son of God. “And truly Jesus did many  other signs in the presence  of His disciples, which are  not written in this book; but  these are written that you  may believe that Jesus is  the Christ, the Son of God,  and that believing you may  have life in His name.”  (John 20:30–31, NKJV) 2 Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • The Gospel of John was written to help people believe Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus’ offer of forgiveness  of sin and promise of  eternal life is more clearly  stated in John’s Gospel  than any other. “that whoever believes in  Him should not perish but  have eternal life.”  (John 3:15, NKJV) 3 Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • What makes John’s Gospel so different? John the son of Zebedee  and brother of James. One of the first disciples.  (1:37) Youngest of the inner circle  of 12 disciples. (He sat on  Jesus right hand at the  Passover.) 4 First reason: the  character of the writer. Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • What makes John’s Gospel so different? 5 First reason: the  character of the writer. Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • What makes John’s Gospel so different? Jesus called James and John “boanerges” = “sons  of thunder!” “And when His disciples James and John saw this,  they said, “Lord, do You want us to command  fire to come down from heaven and consume  them, just as Elijah did?”” (Luke 9:54, NKJV) Wanted to be number One and Two in the  kingdom. 5 First reason: the  character of the writer. Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • What makes John’s Gospel so different? “The disciple whom Jesus  loved” (21:7) John shows us the way Jesus  thought. 6 First reason: the  character of the writer. Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • What makes John’s Gospel so different? Gospel of Mark 40‐50 AD Gospel of Ma^hew 50‐60 AD Gospel of Luke 50‐60 AD Gospel of John 60‐70 AD or later. Paul’s Le^ers 40‐50 AD 7 Second reason: the last  of the four Gospels to be  written. Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • What makes John’s Gospel so different? John assumed most of his  readers already knew the  basic facts about Jesus. 8 Second reason: the last  of the four Gospels to be  written. Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • What makes John’s Gospel so different? To encourage people to  believe that Jesus was  Who He said He was ‐ the  Son of God. To strengthen believers  threatened by dangerous  wrong teaching about  Jesus that He wasn’t fully  human. (Gnosbcism) 9 Why John wrote the  Gospel. Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • What makes John’s Gospel so different? John highlights that he knew  Jesus personally and witnessed  that Jesus was a real human  being. “And the Word became flesh  and dwelt among us, and we  beheld His glory, the glory as  of the only bego^en of the  Father, full of grace and  truth.” (John 1:14, NKJV) 10 Why John wrote the  Gospel. Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • What makes John’s Gospel so different? “But one of the soldiers  pierced His side with a spear,  and immediately blood and  water came out. And he who  has seen has tesbfied, and  his tesbmony is true; and he  knows that he is telling the  truth, so that you may  believe.” (John 19:34–35,  NKJV) 11 Why John wrote the  Gospel. Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • What makes John’s Gospel so different? The synopbc gospels  (Ma^hew, Mark Luke) mostly  record Jesus teaching the  crowds of ordinary people. John records the debates  Jesus had  with the highly  educated religious leaders. John records no parables.  12 Third reason:The style of  teaching. Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • What makes John’s Gospel so different? “Aher these things Jesus walked  in Galilee; for He did not want  to walk in Judea, because the  Jews sought to kill Him. Now  the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles  was at hand.” (John 7:1–2,  NKJV) “Jews” = Jewish authoribes “Jews’ Feast” = Jewish peoples 13 How John used the word  “Jews” Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • What makes John’s Gospel so different? John contrasts the hardness of the  leaders with the readiness of others to  believe. The disciples believed because they  saw the signs. The Samaritan woman believed  because she met Jesus. Nicodemus struggles to believe even  aher the signs and meebng Jesus.14 The Challenge to Believe Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • What makes John’s Gospel so different? The Samaritan woman ( lowest and most humble  believer) progressively discovers and believes the  truth hidden from the religious authoribes. 4:9 “a Jew” 4:11 “Sir” 4:19 “a prophet” 4:25 “Messiah” 4:26 “I am” God revealed. 15 The Challenge to Believe Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • The Challenge to Believe  The religious leaders demand a “sign”. Jesus gives signs that get progressively  greater through the Gospel. Water into wine Healing the paralysed man. Feeding the 5000. Healing the man born blind. Raising Lazarus from the dead.16 Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • The Challenge to Believe  “Then many of the Jews  who had come to Mary, and  had seen the things Jesus  did, believed in Him. But  some of them went away to  the Pharisees and told them  the things Jesus did.” (John  11:45–46, NKJV) “Jews” = Jewish leaders 17 Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • The Light and the Darkness In the first 12 chapters we see  the light of belief in Jesus shining  in the darkness of unbelief and  doubt. “I have come as a light into the  world, that whoever believes in  Me should not abide in darkness.  And if anyone hears My words  and does not believe, I do not  judge him; for I did not come to  judge the world but to save the  world.” (John 12:46–47, NKJV) 18 Wednesday, 19 March 2014
    • The Light and the Darkness In the second half (chapters  13‐21) we see the a^empt of  darkness to overcome the  light and the glorious victory  of the light.  The Gospel shows the  clear  choice of between  belief and rejecbon:  light and darkness. 19 Wednesday, 19 March 2014