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Category: Gospel of John

John 6:1-71 | A New Moses

November 24, 2019

Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand is one of the most familiar stories about Jesus. In fact, it is one of the few stories recorded in all four Gospels. Interestingly, Jesus’ walking on water follows each account. This tells us that each Gospel writer wants us to read these stories […]

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John 4:46-5:29 | Jesus’ Authority

November 10, 2019

In John 4:46, Jesus returns to Cana. The narrator reminds us that this is where Jesus turned water into wine. What’s more, the forthcoming story ends with a note that it is “the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee” (4:54). Both statements tie […]

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John 4:1-45 | A Surprising (Re-)Marriage

November 3, 2019

In John 4:1-45, Jesus travels from Jerusalem in the south to Galilee in the north. In doing so, he travels through Samaria, a place that Jews usually avoided.  There was a great history of animosity between the Jews and Samaritans. When Solomon’s son Rehoboam caused the ten Northern Tribes to […]

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John 3:1-21 | You All Must Be Born Again

October 13, 2019

John 3 contains a strong candidate for the most popular verse in the Bible. And for good reason: it succinctly captures the heart of God, the ministry of Jesus, and the promise of salvation for all who come to him in faith. However, as is so often the case with […]

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John 2:12–25 | The True Temple

October 6, 2019

When we think of Jesus, is he domesticated? While Jesus is indeed gentle and kind, Scripture also presents him as a righteous judge. One who truly loves good will also hate evil. The story of Jesus cleansing the temple illustrates this fact well: there are some things for which Jesus […]

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John 2:1-11 | The True Bridegroom

September 29, 2019

The Bible begins and ends with a wedding.  In the first wedding, Eve is presented to Adam (Gen 2). In the last wedding the New Jerusalem—the Church, the bride—is presented to Christ (Rev 19; 21–22).  John 2:1–11 also tells the story of a wedding; one that foreshadows the great wedding […]

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John 1:19-51 | Behold

September 22, 2019

John chapter 1 leads us into the story. Remembering that the purpose of John’s Gospel is that we believe Jesus is the Christ (John 20:30–31), it is unsurprising that after the prologue, we have two stories about faith in Jesus. John the Witness (1:19–34) Jesus’ cousin John is commonly called […]

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John 1:1-18 | In the Beginning

September 9, 2019

The beginning of every good story is important. It places the reader in the story’s world, gives them a rough map, points out some important people, and gives them a gentle push to start their journey.  The prologue of John’s Gospel is unique compared to the other three Gospels. With […]

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