Text: John 3:14-21
* All through Scriptures we are impressed with the lengths that God has gone to in-order-to benefit and save mankind. It is truly hard to imagine what more He could do.
* Paul said, “You see just at the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8
* John concludes the little “sit down” with Nicodemus with this OT comparison…
“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him.”
1. Read Numbers 21:4-9. Summarize the story. ______________________________________________________________________
2. God could have just healed the people who were bitten. What is the point of making a snake and putting it on a pole? ______________________________________________________________________
3. Does this make “healing” too easily obtained?
4. In John 1:12; 3:14, 16, 18a, and negatively in verse 18b “belief” is what is required live spiritually! What is the problem that the author is dealing with in his readers? ______________________________________________________________________
5. What do you say to someone who says, “If God SO LOVES us, then where was God when my son/ daughter/best friend died?” “… when I was being abused?” “Why bad things happen/good people!?” ______________________________________________________________________
6. Did God send His Son to this world to CONDEMN? If not then WHY? ______________________________________________________________________
7. If a person does not BELIEVE IN JESUS, what is his/her situation? What then is the starting place for those seeking life? ______________________________________________________________________
8. Why do many refuse to believe in Jesus? Vs. 19 ______________________________________________________________________
9. Why do people hate the “light?” Vs. 20 ______________________________________________________________________
The Gospel of John – “The Heart of New Testament Teaching” – Part One – John 1:1-18
John begins with four distinct pictures of Christ:
1. In relation to Deity – He is God: 1:1; Hebrews 1:1-4
JW teachings = ancient Gnosticism resurrected 1.) Jesus = NOT God but is first creation of God (thus a lesser god) thru whom God created the physical (evil) universe. Their New World Translation Bible reads, “… and the Word was a god.” 2.) Jesus was not physically resurrected. (For other differences Google and Compare: “Five Beliefs That Set
Jehovah’s Witnesses Apart From Other Christians.”)
Why is it important that John teaches Jesus = The Word/ is God?
2. In relation to the physical world – He is life giving Creator: 1:2-3; Hebrews 1:1-4;
How is God being the life and the giver of life like Jesus being the life (14:6) and
giver of life?
Why is this important for us now?
In relation the physical world, what are we?
3. In relation to the Moral (darkness) world – He is Light: 1:4, 5, 9; Genesis 1
In what way is Jesus the “light of the world?” Vs. 9
What is significance of “true light?” Response?
In relation to the moral (darkness) world what are we? Response?
4. In relation to lost humanity – He is Hope: 1:10-13; Hebrews 2:10-18
How is Jesus the hope of humanity?
In relation to the lost, what are we?
How can we make our light ‘dim,’ ‘bright?’
5. In relation to the Father – He is the embodiment/ revealer: 1:14-18; Hebrews 1:1-4;
In what visible ways did Jesus reflect the Father?
Are we to do the same? How can we do this?
John 1:10-13 Read
“… the world (Gentiles) did not know him… His own (Jews) did not receive him.”
Becoming a “child of God” involves what? (One word in vs. 13).
With whom and where does Jesus elaborate on this?
John 1:14,16-18; I John 1:1ff Read
This is the heart of John’s Gospel.
“Grace” = Embodiment of grace. (How he deals with the lost.)
“Truth” = Embodiment/ Communicator of/ truth which makes people free.
In a world where Pilate’s question, “What is truth?” why is Jesus so important?
What is the significance of “Law/Moses” and “grace/truth by Jesus”?
(Read Barclay’s Commentary John Volume 1, page 54 at top.)
Next: TESTIMONY OF JOHN THE BAPTIZER (1:6-7,15, 19-36.)
Why do you think so much is said about John the baptizer?