Gospel of John: Jesus is...
The gospel of John begins with the words “In the beginning was the Word,” and so he begins his beautiful and stunning portrayal of his dear friend and Lord, Jesus Christ. The most important person we can ever know is Jesus, and the clearest place to begin is in this book by his beloved disciple, John.
Jesus’ ministry was full of unbelievers, but in the end Jesus reigns supreme over the heart of unbelievers and believers alike. This is a great hope for evangelism and a truth that encourages us to share our hope in boldness and promise.
Scripture: John 7:1-13
Jesus gives the clearest statement in the entire Bible of his real identity--he lays out exactly who he is in a way that cannot be missed. His opponents understood exactly what he said and wanted to immediately kill him. But when we understand what he said, we worship him as the Almighty God.
Scripture: John 8:39-59
Jesus healed a man born blind, and now all the people are trying to figure out what has happened. Some shrink back, some get mad and refuse to believe, but the man who was healed believes and gets bold. He knows one thing: “I was blind, but now I see.”
Scripture: John 9:8-34
Jesus seeks out the man who had been blind, and the man worships Jesus. The man has been given not only new physical eyes, but new spiritual eyes as well. But others refuse to see and remain in their willful, hardened blindness.
Scripture: John 9:35-31
In the first half of his Good Shepherd teaching, Jesus paints a beautiful picture of the love and concern that he has for his sheep. He knows each of his sheep by name and has come that we might have life—the real life, the satisfying life, the abundant life, that is only found in him.
Scripture: John 10:1-10
Jesus continues to prepare his disciples for his departure, teaching about the connection between love and obedience. Then he tells us about God’s desire to live with us, first through the indwelling Holy Spirit, and eventually with the whole Trinity.
Scripture: John 14:15-31