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INTRODUCTION TO
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
AUGUST 4, 2013
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
USA
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The theme of the Gospel
of John is stated in
John 20:31.
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31 But these are written,
that ye might believe that
Jesus is the Christ, the Son
of God; and that believing
ye might have...
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The two main points that
John wants to convey to
the reader are that:
1) Jesus is fully God and
2) Je...
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1 John 4:1-3 KJV
1 Beloved, believe not
every spirit, but try the
spirits whether they are of
God: because many false
prop...
2 Hereby know ye the
Spirit of God:
Every spirit that
confesseth that Jesus
Christ is come in the flesh
is of God:
3 And every spirit that
confesseth not that Jesus
Christ is come in the flesh
is not of God: and this is
that spirit of an...
even now already is it in
the world.
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John wants to make
certain that the reader
“gets it” concerning the:
1) humanity of Jesus and
2) the deity of Christ.
The Humanity of Jesus
None of the other Gospels
so uncompromisingly
stress the real humanity of
Jesus as the Gospel of
Joh...
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Jesus was angry with
those who bought and
sold in the Temple courts
(John 2:15);
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He was physically tired as
He sat by the well which
was in Samaria (John 4:6);
His disciples offered Him
food in the way in which
they would offer it to any
hungry man (John 4:31);
He had sympathy with...
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afraid (John 6:5, 20);
He knew grief and He
wept tears as any
mourner might do
(John 11:33, 35, 38);
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in the agony of the Cross
the cry of His parched lips
was: "I thirst" (John 19:28).
The Fourth Gospel shows
us One Who knew the
weariness of an exhausted
body and the wounds of a
distressed mind and
heart.
It is the truly human Jesus
Whom the Fourth Gospel
sets before us.
The Deity of Christ
Out of the many miracles
that Christ performed,
John selected seven to
prove His deity.
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However, John never
refers to them as miracles
but as signs.
These seven signs are
given in a specific order
(note John 4:54, "This is
again the second miracle")
and forms a picture o...
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The first three signs show
how salvation comes to
the sinner:
1. Water into
wine (John
2:1-11) –
salva...
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2. Healing the nobleman's
son (John
4:46-54) –
salvation is by
faith
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3. Healing the
paralytic
(John 5:1-9) –
salvation is by
grace.
The last four signs show
the results of salvation in
the believer:
4. Feeding the 5,000
(John 6:1-14) - salvation
brings s...
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5. Stilling the storm
(John
6:16-21) –
salvation
brings peace
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6. Healing the blind man
(John 9:1-7) - salvation
brings light
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7. Raising of Lazarus
(John
11:38-45) –
salvation
brings life
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Each sign (miracle)
reveals the deity of Jesus
Christ (see John 5:20,36).
*The question on the lips of
men in John’s day was,
“Is Jesus the Christ, the
long awaited Messiah?”
“Is He the One?”
*Tha...
They knew there was a
deepening sense of
expectation running all
through the Old
Testament.
The Old Testament is
forever saying in one way
or another,
"Someone is coming!
Someone is coming!"
At the close of the book of
Malachi, you find that
question hanging in the
air,
"Who is this One Who is
to come?"
In John's day, people were
stirred by the fact that
John the Baptist had
appeared.
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They asked him, "Are you
the Christ?"
He said, "No, but He is
coming after me," and
when Jesus began to
preach up and down the
hills of Judea and Galilee,
men w...
"Is this the One? Is this the
Messiah?"
The Lord Jesus declared
again and again that He
came with the authorized
credentia...
That is what He meant
when He said,
“Truly, truly, I say to you,
he who does not enter the
sheepfold by the door but
climb...
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robber; but He Who
enters by the
Door is the
Shepherd
of the sheep.”
(John 10: 1, 2)
The sheepfold was the
nation Israel.
He says there is One Who
was to come by an
authorized way, by the
Door.
If anyone comes in any
other way, he is a thief
and a liar, but He Who
enters by the door, the
authorized opening, will
be...
He goes on (verse 3):
To him the gatekeeper
opens; the sheep hear his
voice...
He is referring there to the
ministry of John the
Baptist, who came as the
opener of the door, the
forerunner of the Messi...
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Thus he came as the One
Who was authorized, with
the proper credentials.
Now, what were those
credentials?
He gives them to us
Himself in the synagogue
at Nazareth.
Luke tells us in chapter 4
that He stood in the
synagogue that day and
read the book of the
prophet Isaiah.
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Jesus’ Public Ministry
Luke 4:14-21 NASB
14 And Jesus returned to
Galilee in the power of the
Spirit, and news about
Him s...
15 And He began teaching
in their synagogues and
was praised by all.
16 And He came
to Nazareth, where He
had been brought...
entered the synagogue on
the Sabbath, and stood up
to read. 
17 And the book of the
prophet Isaiah was
handed to Him. And ...
found the place where it
was written(Isaiah 61:1-2),
18 “The Spirit of the Lord
is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me
to prea...
He has sent Me to
proclaim release to the
captives,
And recovery of sight to
the blind,
To set free those who are
oppresse...
19 To proclaim the
favorable year of the
Lord.”
20 And He closed the book,
gave it back to the
attendant and sat down;
and...
synagogue were fixed on
Him. 
21 And He began to say to
them, “Today this
Scripture has been
fulfilled in your hearing.”
L...
*He deliberately found the place
in Isaiah and read these words to
those people.
*He stopped in the middle of a
sentence, ...
Isaiah 61:2 NASB
2 To proclaim the
favorable year of the Lord
(1st coming)
And the day of vengeance
of our God; (2nd comin...
Then He said to everyone
there,
"Today this Scripture has
been fulfilled in your
hearing;" in other words:
"I am this One!"
Take those marks of the
Messiah and lay them
beside the seven signs that
John chooses from the
ministry of our Lord and
yo...
because they are the signs
that prove that Jesus is the
Christ, the Messiah.
These signs were chosen
with a great deal of
discrimination in order to
interpret certain great
truths.
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For example, the
discourse on the Bread of
Life follows the feeding of
the five thousand.
John gives us a
chronological or...
The fact of the matter is, if
you will follow John
along, he will give you a
ladder on which you can
fit the three-year mi...
For example, in John 1:29,
35 he says, "The next
day... the next day."
He's giving not only a
logical but also a
chronolog...
Let’s look at each sign
(miracle) in the order in
which they appear in
John's Gospel.
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The first miracle of our
Lord is the changing of
water into wine.
(John 2:1-11)
Our Lord was performing
a symbolic act at the
wedding in Cana of
Galilee.
He took that which
belonged to the realm of
inan...
and changed it into a
living substance, wine.
He took that which
belonged to the realm of
death and changed it into
that w...
By this He is declaring in
symbol what he came to
do:
to proclaim the acceptable
year of the Lord.
He did not come to
declare the day of
vengeance;
He stopped before that
passage in Isaiah.
But he came to declare the
day of grace, when God's
purpose would be to take
man in his brokenness, his
emptiness and his
...
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acceptable time of the
Lord (the age of grace).
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The next sign is the
healing of the nobleman's
son. (John 4:46-54)
The central figure in that
story is not the son, who
lies sick at the door of
death, but the nobleman,
who comes to the Lo...
In the agony of his heart
he cries out to Christ and
says, "Will You come
down and heal my son?"
The Lord not only heals
t...
broken heart of a father.
As He said:
He was anointed to heal
the brokenhearted.
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The third sign is the
healing of the impotent
man who lay at the pool
of Beth...
*Remember, that man had
lain there for thirty-eight
years.
*He had been a captive of
this paralyzing disease, so
that he w...
He had been brought to
that pool, hoping to be
healed, hoping to be set
free and our Lord singled
him out of the great
cro...
him, "Rise, take up your
pallet, and walk."
Now, why?
Here he was
demonstrating his ability
to set at liberty those who
ar...
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For thirty-eight years a
man had been bound, and
He set him free instantly.
The next miracle is the
feeding of the five
thousand. (John 6:1-14)
This miracle appears in all
four of the Gospels.
Linked with it is the
miracle of the walking on
the water.
What is the meaning of
these signs?
Well, you cannot read the
story of the feeding of the
five thousand without
seeing that it is a
marvelous demonstration
of...
the human heart, the
hunger of man for God.
He uses the symbol of
bread.
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He Himself had said,
"Man shall not live by
bread alone, but by every
word that proceeds from
the mouth of God."
(Matthew ...
Then He demonstrated
what kind of bread He
meant.
"I," He said, "am the bread
of life." (John 6:35)
Taking the bread, He
broke it, and with it fed
the five thousand,
symbolizing how fully He
can meet the need of
human life.
Then, sending His
disciples out into the
storm, He came walking
across the waves to them
in the midst of the
tempest.
The waves are high, and
the ship is about to be
overwhelmed, and their
hearts are anguished with
fear. He quiets them and
...
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In the double miracle of
the feeding of the five
thousand and the walking
on water, there is a
symbolic representation
of ...
hearts and deliver them
from their greatest enemy,
fear.
This is good news, is it
not?
This is one of the signs of
the Messiah:
He came to proclaim good
news to the poor.
Can you think of any
greater news to tell
anyone than that there is a
way in which he can find
all the clamant cry of his
...
That is to proclaim good
news to the poor.
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The next miracle is the
healing of the blind man.
(John 9:1-12)
Our Lord said He came "to
give recovery of sight to the
blind."
He chose a man who was
blind from birth, just as man
is sp...
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The last miracle is the
raising of Lazarus from
the dead ( John 11:1-44),
symbolizing the
delivering of those who
all thei...
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Satan through fear of
death.
Hebrews 2:14-15 NIV
14 Since the children have
flesh and blood, He too
shared in their
humanity so that by His
death He mi...
him who holds the power
of death—that is, the devil
— 15 and free those who
all their lives were held in
slavery by their ...
John carefully chose these
seven signs to illustrate
the truth that beyond
question, Jesus is the
Messiah.
He is the expec...
While the first three
Gospels deal primarily
with the events in Christ's
life, John deals with the
spiritual meanings of
t...
John goes deeper and
presents truths that are
not emphasized in the
other Gospels.
For example, all four
Gospels record the feeding
of the 5,000, but only John
gives the great sermon on
the Bread of Life (...
This is why John uses the
word "sign" instead of
"miracle," for a "sign" is a
miracle that carries a
message with it.
Christ in John's Gospel:
John emphasizes the
Person of Christ as well as
His work. He reports
several sermons in which
Chr...
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Note the seven I AM
statements of Christ:
• I AM the Bread of life –
John 6:35, 41, 48, 51
• I AM the Light of the
world -...
• I AM the Door of the
sheep – John 10:7, 9
• I AM the Good
Shepherd – John 10:11, 14
• I AM the Resurrection
and the Life...
• I AM the way, the truth,
and the life - John 14:6
• I AM the true Vine –
John 15:1, 5
These names, of course,
speak of His deity; for
God's name is I AM
(see Exodus 3:14).
Exodus 3:14-15 NASB
14 God said to Moses,
“I AM WHO I AM”; and
He said, “Thus you shall
say to the sons of Israel, ‘I
AM h...
15 God, furthermore, said
to Moses, “Thus you shall
say to the sons of Israel,
‘The Lord, the God of
your fathers, the God...
Jacob, has sent me to you.’
This is My name forever,
and this is My memorial-
name to all generations.
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As you read this Gospel
(seven times Jesus says, “I
AM!”), you come to
realize that Christ is the
Son of God!
Listen to them:
"I am the bread of life."
(John 6:35)
That is, I am the sustainer
of life, the One Who
satisfies life.
"I am the light of the
world" (John 8:12), the
illuminator of life.
"I am One in Whom are
hid all the treasures of
wisdom ...
the One Who casts light
upon all mysteries and
enigmas and solves them.
"I am the door"
(John 10:7), Jesus said;
that is, the opportunity
into life, the open way.
Whenever you are
confronted with a sense of
lack, some hungering
after something more,
these are the words you
need to hea...
"I am the good shepherd"
(John 10:11); that is, the
guide of life, the only One
properly equipped to take
an individual an...
yawn on every side, to
lead him safely through
life.
("The Lord is my
shepherd, I shall not
want.")
Then, "I am the
resurrection and the life."
(John 11:25)
That is, the power of life.
Do you realize that
resurrection power is the
only kind that works
when nothing else will?
It works in the midst of
death.
*Resurrection power is the
only kind that needs no
outside props, no process
of learning.
*It does not need anything
to in...
When nothing else can be
done, then it comes in and
begins to act.
"I am the resurrection and
the life," Jesus says.
"I am the way, the the
truth, and the life."
(John 14:6)
That is, I am ultimate
reality.
I am the real substance
behind al...
“I am the vine...apart from
Me, you can do nothing.”
(John 15:5).
I am the producer of
fruitfulness, the source of
fellows...
Thus our Lord takes the
great, revealing name of
God and, linking it with
these simple symbols,
enables us to understand
G...
*"The Word," John says,
"became flesh and dwelt
among us."
*He pitched His tent
among us, and we beheld
His glory, the glo...
That is the tremendous
theme of this book.
There is not a greater
theme in all the universe
than the fact that when
we stand in the presence
of the humanity of Jesus...
also stand in the presence
of God.
This is what God is like.
This One Who heals,
loves, serves, waits,
blesses, dies and r...
That is what John reveals.
*The one word that he
leaves with us, then, is
that believing that He is
the Messiah and that He is
God, we may have life ...
Who does not want to
live?
Isn't that what we all
want, young and old
alike?
What we are really
seeking is the key to life.
We want to be fulfilled.
We want to see fulfilled
all the possibilities and
potential of our being
which we sense lie deep...
*We want those deep
yearnings satisfied.
*We want to be able to
express ourselves.
*We want to be what we
were designed an...
Then listen! John says,
"These things are written
that you may believe that
Jesus is the Christ, the Son
of God, and that ...
This brings us inevitably
to two things:
first, to worship.
How can you stand in the
presence of this divine
mystery and not feel your
heart drawn out in
worship of this One?
As we sing,
“Can it be that I should
gain an interest in my
Saviour's blood?
Died He for me, who
caused His pain?
For me, who him to death
pursued?
Amazing love, how can it
be that Thou, my God,
shouldst die for me?”
Charles Wesley
*That is worship.
*Isaiah, who saw the Lord
lifted up and the temple
filled with the smoke of
His glory, bowed down
and cr...
unclean lips, and I dwell
in the midst of a people of
unclean lips." (Isaiah 6:5)
Then an angel flew down
from the altar, ...
That brought him to the
next thing, to which we,
too, must come, if we see
what John is after here:
not only worship, but
...
"Love, so amazing, so
divine," says Isaac Watts,
"demands"--- what?---"my
soul, my life, my all."
How can we worship,
unless as we hear the
words of the Lord Jesus,
"As my Father has sent
me, even so, send I you,"
we say...
What could be greater
than to stand in union
with this life, around
Whom the whole universe
gathers, the image of the
invi...
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Wiersbe's Expository
Outlines on the New
Testament.
Copyright © 1992 by
Chariot Victor Publishing,
Cook Communication
Mini...
*John's theme is Jesus
Christ, the divine Son of
God.
*His book deals with the
signs Christ gave during
His ministry, sign...
These signs were seen by
dependable witnesses
(His disciples and others)
and therefore are
trustworthy.
John wants men to believe
in Jesus Christ as Lord
and receive new life
through His name.
Comparison to the other
Gospels.
The first three Gospels are
called "The Synoptic
Gospels" from a Greek
word that means "t...
Matthew, Mark, and Luke
all view the life of Christ
in a similar way, each
with his own emphasis.
• Matthew pictures Christ
as the King of the Jews.
• Mark shows Christ as
the Servant, and writes for
the Romans.
• Luke views Christ as
the Son of Man, writing
for the Greeks.
• John presents Christ as
the Son of God, and
writes for th...
Faith and Unbelief in
John's Gospel:
One major theme of John's
Gospel is the conflict
between faith and
unbelief.
John begins with rejection
on the part of Israel (John
1:11), finally culminating
in the crucifixion.
Throughout the book, you
see most of the Jews
refusing to accept the
evidence, growing harder
and harder in their
unbelief.
On the other hand, you
also see a small group of
people willing to believe
on Christ - the disciples, a
nobleman and his f...
This same situation exists
today: the world at large
will not believe on Christ,
but here and there you
find people who se...
You will note in the
outline that the Jews
begin their controversy
with Christ after the
miracle in chapter 5, since
Chris...
In chapters 7 through 12,
the conflict becomes more
severe, and several times
they try to arrest and
stone Him.
The climax comes in
chapters 18-19 when they
arrest and crucify Him.
There are three crisis
events in John's Gospel:
(1) John 6:66-71,
when the multitudes leave
Him after wanting to
make Him ...
(2) John 12:12-50,
when the people refuse to
believe on Him; and
(3) John 19:13-22,
when they crucify Him.
In the first crisis, they
want to make Him King,
yet they leave Him;
in the second, they hail
Him as King, yet reject
Him;
and in the third, they cry
out,
"We have no King but
Caesar" (John 19:15).
He is the way, but they
will not walk with Him;
the truth, but they will not
believe Him; the life, but
they kill Him.
JOHN 1
The theme of John's Gospel
is that Jesus is the Son of
God (John 20:30-31), and in
this first chapter he proves
his...
As you read this
wonderful chapter, you
cannot help but see that
Christ is God's Son
because of the names and
titles He be...
witnesses who knew Him
personally and declare
who He is.
John 20:30-31 KJV
30  “And many other
signs truly did Jesus in the
presence of his disciples,
which are not written in
thi...
31 But these are written,
that ye might believe that
Jesus is the Christ, the
Son of God; and that
believing ye might have...
Isaiah 61:1-2 KJV
1 The Spirit of the Lord
God is upon Me; because
the Lord hath anointed
Me to preach good tidings
unto t...
sent Me to bind up the
brokenhearted, to
proclaim liberty to the
captives, and the opening
of the prison to them that
are ...
2 To proclaim the
acceptable year of
the Lord, and the day of
vengeance of our God; to
comfort all that mourn;
Isaiah 61:1...
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  1. 1. INTRODUCTION TO THE GOSPEL OF JOHN AUGUST 4, 2013 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI USA
  2. 2. www.quotesorb.com
  3. 3. www.womensetapart.com
  4. 4. The theme of the Gospel of John is stated in John 20:31. www.t3.gstatic.com
  5. 5. 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name.” John 20:31 KJV
  6. 6. www.agfbrakpan.co.za The two main points that John wants to convey to the reader are that: 1) Jesus is fully God and 2) Jesus is fully man.
  7. 7. www.reshiftministries.files.wordpress.com
  8. 8. 1 John 4:1-3 KJV 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
  9. 9. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
  10. 10. 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and
  11. 11. even now already is it in the world. 1 John 4:1-3 KJV
  12. 12. www.onepassiononedevotion.files.wordpress.com
  13. 13. John wants to make certain that the reader “gets it” concerning the: 1) humanity of Jesus and 2) the deity of Christ.
  14. 14. The Humanity of Jesus None of the other Gospels so uncompromisingly stress the real humanity of Jesus as the Gospel of John does.
  15. 15. www.images.zap2it.com Jesus was angry with those who bought and sold in the Temple courts (John 2:15);
  16. 16. www.themasterstable.files.wordpress.com He was physically tired as He sat by the well which was in Samaria (John 4:6);
  17. 17. His disciples offered Him food in the way in which they would offer it to any hungry man (John 4:31); He had sympathy with those who were hungry and with those who were
  18. 18. www.blogs.nazarene.org afraid (John 6:5, 20); He knew grief and He wept tears as any mourner might do (John 11:33, 35, 38);
  19. 19. www.1.bp.blogspot.com in the agony of the Cross the cry of His parched lips was: "I thirst" (John 19:28).
  20. 20. The Fourth Gospel shows us One Who knew the weariness of an exhausted body and the wounds of a distressed mind and heart.
  21. 21. It is the truly human Jesus Whom the Fourth Gospel sets before us.
  22. 22. The Deity of Christ Out of the many miracles that Christ performed, John selected seven to prove His deity.
  23. 23. www.artisanchurch.com However, John never refers to them as miracles but as signs.
  24. 24. These seven signs are given in a specific order (note John 4:54, "This is again the second miracle") and forms a picture of salvation.
  25. 25. www.ts2.mm.bing.net The first three signs show how salvation comes to the sinner: 1. Water into wine (John 2:1-11) – salvation is by the Word
  26. 26. www.3.bp.blogspot.com 2. Healing the nobleman's son (John 4:46-54) – salvation is by faith
  27. 27. www.1.bp.blogspot.com 3. Healing the paralytic (John 5:1-9) – salvation is by grace.
  28. 28. The last four signs show the results of salvation in the believer: 4. Feeding the 5,000 (John 6:1-14) - salvation brings satisfaction
  29. 29. www.3.bp.blogspot.com
  30. 30. www.edhird.files.wordpress.com 5. Stilling the storm (John 6:16-21) – salvation brings peace
  31. 31. www.aaajack.files.wordpress.com 6. Healing the blind man (John 9:1-7) - salvation brings light
  32. 32. www.turnbacktogod.com 7. Raising of Lazarus (John 11:38-45) – salvation brings life
  33. 33. www.jasonmin.files.wordpress.com Each sign (miracle) reveals the deity of Jesus Christ (see John 5:20,36).
  34. 34. *The question on the lips of men in John’s day was, “Is Jesus the Christ, the long awaited Messiah?” “Is He the One?” *That question divided the Jews of the 1st century.
  35. 35. They knew there was a deepening sense of expectation running all through the Old Testament.
  36. 36. The Old Testament is forever saying in one way or another, "Someone is coming! Someone is coming!"
  37. 37. At the close of the book of Malachi, you find that question hanging in the air, "Who is this One Who is to come?"
  38. 38. In John's day, people were stirred by the fact that John the Baptist had appeared.
  39. 39. www.witshadows.files.wordpress.com They asked him, "Are you the Christ?"
  40. 40. He said, "No, but He is coming after me," and when Jesus began to preach up and down the hills of Judea and Galilee, men were saying everywhere,
  41. 41. "Is this the One? Is this the Messiah?" The Lord Jesus declared again and again that He came with the authorized credentials of the Messiah.
  42. 42. That is what He meant when He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a
  43. 43. www.christcenteredmall.com robber; but He Who enters by the Door is the Shepherd of the sheep.” (John 10: 1, 2)
  44. 44. The sheepfold was the nation Israel. He says there is One Who was to come by an authorized way, by the Door.
  45. 45. If anyone comes in any other way, he is a thief and a liar, but He Who enters by the door, the authorized opening, will be recognized as the Great Shepherd.
  46. 46. He goes on (verse 3): To him the gatekeeper opens; the sheep hear his voice...
  47. 47. He is referring there to the ministry of John the Baptist, who came as the opener of the door, the forerunner of the Messiah.
  48. 48. www.ts1.mm.bing.net Thus he came as the One Who was authorized, with the proper credentials.
  49. 49. Now, what were those credentials? He gives them to us Himself in the synagogue at Nazareth.
  50. 50. Luke tells us in chapter 4 that He stood in the synagogue that day and read the book of the prophet Isaiah.
  51. 51. www.1.bp.blogspot.com
  52. 52. Jesus’ Public Ministry Luke 4:14-21 NASB 14 And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.
  53. 53. 15 And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all. 16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He
  54. 54. entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.  17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and
  55. 55. found the place where it was written(Isaiah 61:1-2), 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
  56. 56. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed,
  57. 57. 19 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” 20 And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the
  58. 58. synagogue were fixed on Him.  21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:14-21 NASB
  59. 59. *He deliberately found the place in Isaiah and read these words to those people. *He stopped in the middle of a sentence, closed the book and sat down. Why? "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me..."
  60. 60. Isaiah 61:2 NASB 2 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord (1st coming) And the day of vengeance of our God; (2nd coming)
  61. 61. Then He said to everyone there, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing;" in other words: "I am this One!"
  62. 62. Take those marks of the Messiah and lay them beside the seven signs that John chooses from the ministry of our Lord and you will see that he selects those particular ones
  63. 63. because they are the signs that prove that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah.
  64. 64. These signs were chosen with a great deal of discrimination in order to interpret certain great truths.
  65. 65. www.livingwalk.files.wordpress.com
  66. 66. For example, the discourse on the Bread of Life follows the feeding of the five thousand. John gives us a chronological order which is well to note.
  67. 67. The fact of the matter is, if you will follow John along, he will give you a ladder on which you can fit the three-year ministry of Christ.
  68. 68. For example, in John 1:29, 35 he says, "The next day... the next day." He's giving not only a logical but also a chronological sequence in his Gospel.
  69. 69. Let’s look at each sign (miracle) in the order in which they appear in John's Gospel.
  70. 70. www.swordofthespirit.net The first miracle of our Lord is the changing of water into wine. (John 2:1-11)
  71. 71. Our Lord was performing a symbolic act at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. He took that which belonged to the realm of inanimate being, water,
  72. 72. and changed it into a living substance, wine. He took that which belonged to the realm of death and changed it into that which is forever an expression of joy and life.
  73. 73. By this He is declaring in symbol what he came to do: to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
  74. 74. He did not come to declare the day of vengeance; He stopped before that passage in Isaiah.
  75. 75. But he came to declare the day of grace, when God's purpose would be to take man in his brokenness, his emptiness and his lifelessness, and give to him life---to proclaim the
  76. 76. www.deeptruths.com acceptable time of the Lord (the age of grace).
  77. 77. www.ts2.mm.bing.net The next sign is the healing of the nobleman's son. (John 4:46-54)
  78. 78. The central figure in that story is not the son, who lies sick at the door of death, but the nobleman, who comes to the Lord with a heart crushed with grief.
  79. 79. In the agony of his heart he cries out to Christ and says, "Will You come down and heal my son?" The Lord not only heals the son at a distance, with a word, but He heals the
  80. 80. broken heart of a father. As He said: He was anointed to heal the brokenhearted.
  81. 81. www.leadershiporthopraxy.files.wordpress.com The third sign is the healing of the impotent man who lay at the pool of Bethesda. (John 5:1-9)
  82. 82. *Remember, that man had lain there for thirty-eight years. *He had been a captive of this paralyzing disease, so that he was unable to get into the pool.
  83. 83. He had been brought to that pool, hoping to be healed, hoping to be set free and our Lord singled him out of the great crowd of impotent folk and healed him, saying to
  84. 84. him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." Now, why? Here he was demonstrating his ability to set at liberty those who are oppressed.
  85. 85. www.gardenofpraise.com For thirty-eight years a man had been bound, and He set him free instantly.
  86. 86. The next miracle is the feeding of the five thousand. (John 6:1-14) This miracle appears in all four of the Gospels.
  87. 87. Linked with it is the miracle of the walking on the water. What is the meaning of these signs?
  88. 88. Well, you cannot read the story of the feeding of the five thousand without seeing that it is a marvelous demonstration of the desire of the Lord to meet the deepest need of
  89. 89. the human heart, the hunger of man for God. He uses the symbol of bread.
  90. 90. www.contractorsales.biz
  91. 91. He Himself had said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4)
  92. 92. Then He demonstrated what kind of bread He meant. "I," He said, "am the bread of life." (John 6:35)
  93. 93. Taking the bread, He broke it, and with it fed the five thousand, symbolizing how fully He can meet the need of human life.
  94. 94. Then, sending His disciples out into the storm, He came walking across the waves to them in the midst of the tempest.
  95. 95. The waves are high, and the ship is about to be overwhelmed, and their hearts are anguished with fear. He quiets them and says, "It is I; do not be afraid." (John 6:20)
  96. 96. www.christimages.org
  97. 97. In the double miracle of the feeding of the five thousand and the walking on water, there is a symbolic representation of our Lord's ability to satisfy the need of human
  98. 98. hearts and deliver them from their greatest enemy, fear. This is good news, is it not?
  99. 99. This is one of the signs of the Messiah: He came to proclaim good news to the poor.
  100. 100. Can you think of any greater news to tell anyone than that there is a way in which he can find all the clamant cry of his soul satisfied and all the fear of his life removed?
  101. 101. That is to proclaim good news to the poor.
  102. 102. www.joshmcclellan.files.wordpress.com The next miracle is the healing of the blind man. (John 9:1-12)
  103. 103. Our Lord said He came "to give recovery of sight to the blind." He chose a man who was blind from birth, just as man is spiritually blind from birth, and He healed him.
  104. 104. www.ts4.mm.bing.net
  105. 105. The last miracle is the raising of Lazarus from the dead ( John 11:1-44), symbolizing the delivering of those who all their lives had been held under the bondage of
  106. 106. www.chalkpainting.com Satan through fear of death.
  107. 107. Hebrews 2:14-15 NIV 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy
  108. 108. him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil — 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Hebrews 2:14-15 NIV
  109. 109. John carefully chose these seven signs to illustrate the truth that beyond question, Jesus is the Messiah. He is the expected One!
  110. 110. While the first three Gospels deal primarily with the events in Christ's life, John deals with the spiritual meanings of these events (miracles/signs).
  111. 111. John goes deeper and presents truths that are not emphasized in the other Gospels.
  112. 112. For example, all four Gospels record the feeding of the 5,000, but only John gives the great sermon on the Bread of Life (John 6) that explains the meaning of the miracle.
  113. 113. This is why John uses the word "sign" instead of "miracle," for a "sign" is a miracle that carries a message with it.
  114. 114. Christ in John's Gospel: John emphasizes the Person of Christ as well as His work. He reports several sermons in which Christ talks about Himself and explains His mission.
  115. 115. www.wallpaper.knowing-jesus.com
  116. 116. Note the seven I AM statements of Christ: • I AM the Bread of life – John 6:35, 41, 48, 51 • I AM the Light of the world - John 8:12; 9:5
  117. 117. • I AM the Door of the sheep – John 10:7, 9 • I AM the Good Shepherd – John 10:11, 14 • I AM the Resurrection and the Life - John 11:25
  118. 118. • I AM the way, the truth, and the life - John 14:6 • I AM the true Vine – John 15:1, 5
  119. 119. These names, of course, speak of His deity; for God's name is I AM (see Exodus 3:14).
  120. 120. Exodus 3:14-15 NASB 14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
  121. 121. 15 God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of
  122. 122. Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial- name to all generations. Exodus 3:14-15 NASB
  123. 123. As you read this Gospel (seven times Jesus says, “I AM!”), you come to realize that Christ is the Son of God!
  124. 124. Listen to them: "I am the bread of life." (John 6:35) That is, I am the sustainer of life, the One Who satisfies life.
  125. 125. "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12), the illuminator of life. "I am One in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge," the explainer of things,
  126. 126. the One Who casts light upon all mysteries and enigmas and solves them.
  127. 127. "I am the door" (John 10:7), Jesus said; that is, the opportunity into life, the open way.
  128. 128. Whenever you are confronted with a sense of lack, some hungering after something more, these are the words you need to hear.
  129. 129. "I am the good shepherd" (John 10:11); that is, the guide of life, the only One properly equipped to take an individual and safely steer him through all the problems and chasms that
  130. 130. yawn on every side, to lead him safely through life. ("The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.")
  131. 131. Then, "I am the resurrection and the life." (John 11:25) That is, the power of life.
  132. 132. Do you realize that resurrection power is the only kind that works when nothing else will? It works in the midst of death.
  133. 133. *Resurrection power is the only kind that needs no outside props, no process of learning. *It does not need anything to initiate it, shore it up or bolster it in any way.
  134. 134. When nothing else can be done, then it comes in and begins to act. "I am the resurrection and the life," Jesus says.
  135. 135. "I am the way, the the truth, and the life." (John 14:6) That is, I am ultimate reality. I am the real substance behind all things.
  136. 136. “I am the vine...apart from Me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5). I am the producer of fruitfulness, the source of fellowship and of identity and communion.
  137. 137. Thus our Lord takes the great, revealing name of God and, linking it with these simple symbols, enables us to understand God.
  138. 138. *"The Word," John says, "became flesh and dwelt among us." *He pitched His tent among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of God become man.
  139. 139. That is the tremendous theme of this book.
  140. 140. There is not a greater theme in all the universe than the fact that when we stand in the presence of the humanity of Jesus we suddenly discover that, for the first time, we
  141. 141. also stand in the presence of God. This is what God is like. This One Who heals, loves, serves, waits, blesses, dies and rises again---this is God.
  142. 142. That is what John reveals.
  143. 143. *The one word that he leaves with us, then, is that believing that He is the Messiah and that He is God, we may have life in His name. *He is the key to life.
  144. 144. Who does not want to live? Isn't that what we all want, young and old alike? What we are really seeking is the key to life.
  145. 145. We want to be fulfilled. We want to see fulfilled all the possibilities and potential of our being which we sense lie deep inside.
  146. 146. *We want those deep yearnings satisfied. *We want to be able to express ourselves. *We want to be what we were designed and intended to be.
  147. 147. Then listen! John says, "These things 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."
  148. 148. This brings us inevitably to two things: first, to worship.
  149. 149. How can you stand in the presence of this divine mystery and not feel your heart drawn out in worship of this One?
  150. 150. As we sing, “Can it be that I should gain an interest in my Saviour's blood? Died He for me, who caused His pain?
  151. 151. For me, who him to death pursued? Amazing love, how can it be that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?” Charles Wesley
  152. 152. *That is worship. *Isaiah, who saw the Lord lifted up and the temple filled with the smoke of His glory, bowed down and cried out, "Woe is me! For I am...a man of
  153. 153. unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips." (Isaiah 6:5) Then an angel flew down from the altar, took a coal, and put it upon his lips, cleansing him.
  154. 154. That brought him to the next thing, to which we, too, must come, if we see what John is after here: not only worship, but service.
  155. 155. "Love, so amazing, so divine," says Isaac Watts, "demands"--- what?---"my soul, my life, my all."
  156. 156. How can we worship, unless as we hear the words of the Lord Jesus, "As my Father has sent me, even so, send I you," we say with Isaiah, "Lord, here am I, send me." (Is. 6)
  157. 157. What could be greater than to stand in union with this life, around Whom the whole universe gathers, the image of the invisible God?
  158. 158. www.blogs.blueletterbible.org
  159. 159. www.3.bp.blogspot.com
  160. 160. www.gladlylistening.files.wordpress.com
  161. 161. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Copyright © 1992 by Chariot Victor Publishing, Cook Communication Ministries.
  162. 162. *John's theme is Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God. *His book deals with the signs Christ gave during His ministry, signs that prove His deity.
  163. 163. These signs were seen by dependable witnesses (His disciples and others) and therefore are trustworthy.
  164. 164. John wants men to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and receive new life through His name.
  165. 165. Comparison to the other Gospels. The first three Gospels are called "The Synoptic Gospels" from a Greek word that means "to see together."
  166. 166. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all view the life of Christ in a similar way, each with his own emphasis.
  167. 167. • Matthew pictures Christ as the King of the Jews. • Mark shows Christ as the Servant, and writes for the Romans.
  168. 168. • Luke views Christ as the Son of Man, writing for the Greeks. • John presents Christ as the Son of God, and writes for the whole world.
  169. 169. Faith and Unbelief in John's Gospel: One major theme of John's Gospel is the conflict between faith and unbelief.
  170. 170. John begins with rejection on the part of Israel (John 1:11), finally culminating in the crucifixion.
  171. 171. Throughout the book, you see most of the Jews refusing to accept the evidence, growing harder and harder in their unbelief.
  172. 172. On the other hand, you also see a small group of people willing to believe on Christ - the disciples, a nobleman and his family, the Samaritans, a paralytic, a blind man, etc.
  173. 173. This same situation exists today: the world at large will not believe on Christ, but here and there you find people who see the evidence and accept Him as the Son of God.
  174. 174. You will note in the outline that the Jews begin their controversy with Christ after the miracle in chapter 5, since Christ healed the man on the Sabbath.
  175. 175. In chapters 7 through 12, the conflict becomes more severe, and several times they try to arrest and stone Him.
  176. 176. The climax comes in chapters 18-19 when they arrest and crucify Him.
  177. 177. There are three crisis events in John's Gospel: (1) John 6:66-71, when the multitudes leave Him after wanting to make Him King;
  178. 178. (2) John 12:12-50, when the people refuse to believe on Him; and (3) John 19:13-22, when they crucify Him.
  179. 179. In the first crisis, they want to make Him King, yet they leave Him; in the second, they hail Him as King, yet reject Him;
  180. 180. and in the third, they cry out, "We have no King but Caesar" (John 19:15).
  181. 181. He is the way, but they will not walk with Him; the truth, but they will not believe Him; the life, but they kill Him.
  182. 182. JOHN 1 The theme of John's Gospel is that Jesus is the Son of God (John 20:30-31), and in this first chapter he proves his claim.
  183. 183. As you read this wonderful chapter, you cannot help but see that Christ is God's Son because of the names and titles He bears, the works He performs, and the
  184. 184. witnesses who knew Him personally and declare who He is.
  185. 185. John 20:30-31 KJV 30  “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
  186. 186. 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:30-31 KJV
  187. 187. Isaiah 61:1-2 KJV 1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me; because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath
  188. 188. sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
  189. 189. 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; Isaiah 61:1-2 KJV
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