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The Gospel of John 8:21-30 (Jesus confuses the religious leaders)



 

Jesus confuses the religious leaders in John 8:21-30 about who he is and what his relationship to God is.

 

21 Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.”

22 This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’?”

23 But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”

25 “Who are you?” they asked.

“Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied. 26 “I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.”27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” 30 Even as he spoke, many believed in him.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is there a secondary purpose of the leaders asking if Jesus would kill himself, other than being confused by him saying he is going away and they cannot follow him?
  2. What did Jesus mean by, “you will die in your sin.” Was he condemning the religious leaders to damnation?
  3. Is it right for us to continually feel guilty about our past sins?



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The Gospel of John 8:12-20 (Jesus is the Light of the World )



 

Here is the section where Jesus tells us that he is the Light of the World John 8:12-20.

 

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

13 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”

14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”

19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”

“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Jesus said he is “the light of the world.”  What does that mean to each individual and can you think of any Scripture that supports it?
  2. Jesus states, “I stand with the Father who sent me.”  This acknowledges that there is more than one person in God, the Trinity.  Can you name another interaction like this for the existence of the Trinity when Jesus was suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane?
  3. Has Jesus lit up your life? Name one way.
  4. Can you name a scene in Angelic Wars, End of the Beginning where the angels find the clue of “thy word is a lamp unto my feet, which relates to Jesus as the Word?”



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The Gospel of John 8:1-11 (Jesus speaks of adultery and judging others )



 

Here is the next section where Jesus confronts adultery and judging in John 8:1-11.

 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Questions for discussion:

  1. Jesus said, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Do you recall anything in the Bible where Jesus cautions those who judge?
  2. The interesting part of this is that her lover is not condemned.  Why do you think they didn’t judge him, also? What did Jesus say about adultery?
  3. What do people in your culture think about infidelity?  Are men held to a lower standard than women?  Does your church talk about it?



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The Gospel of John 7:45-52 ( Jesus impresses the temple guards)



 

Here is the next section where Jesus makes an impression in John 45-52.

Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”

46 “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied.

47 “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48 “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.”

50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51 “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?”

52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”

Questions for discussion:

  1. What did the guards mean about the unique way Jesus spoke to the people?
  2. What law was Nicodemus referring to about a hearing?
  3. When you read the Bible, do you feel like Jesus is talking directly to you?



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The Gospel of John 7:37-44 (Jesus talks about Living Water)



 

Here is the next section where Jesus talks about the Living Water within us in John 37-44.

37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”

41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.”

Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? 42 Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” 43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. 44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.

Questions for discussion:

  1. “Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” What does this mean?  Did the Spirit come?  When?
  2. Is Jesus just a Prophet?
  3. “How can the Messiah come from Galilee?  “Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem…”  Did it?  Where?
  4. Have you felt the Holy Spirit in your life?



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The Gospel of John 7:32-36 (Jesus tells of another person in God)



 

Here is the next section where Jesus tells the religous leaders that he is going back to the one who sent him, confusing those listening. (John 7:32-36)

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.

33 Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me. 34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.”

35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? 36 What did he mean when he said, ‘You will look for me, but you will not find me,’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”

Questions for discussion:

  1. What did Jesus mean by the “One who sent me?” Does this add validity to the concept of the Trinity (three persons in one God)?
  2. What did Jesus mean by, “You will not find me…”
  3. Did you feel different when Jesus found you?



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The Gospel of John 7:25-31 (They try to seize Jesus)



 

Here is the next section where Jesus tells them he is the Messiah and they try to seize him at John 7:25-31

At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? 26 Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Messiah?

27 But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.” 28 Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, 29 but I know him because I am from him and he sent me.”

30 At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31 Still, many in the crowd believed in him. They said, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?”

Questions for discussion:

  1. Did the authorities (religious leaders) conclude that Jesus was the Messiah?
  2. This is another example of Jesus saying his time has not come. Do you recall when he said that before in the Gospel of John and WHEN his time did come?
  3. What do you think about the sentence, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?”
  4. How do you answer others who say their prayers are not being answered?



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The Gospel of John 7:14-24 (Stop judging Jesus by mere appearances)



 

Moving on to John 7:14-24 where we read about Jesus’s teaching people to stop judging him by mere appearances.

14 Not until halfway through the festival did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. 15 The Jews there were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?”

16 Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. 18 Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”

20 “You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?”

21 Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all amazed. 22 Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a boy on the Sabbath. 23 Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath? 24 Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”

Questions for discussion:

  1. Verse 15 lets us know that Jesus did not do any rabbinical learning.  Can you name the Apostle who had an excellent education of the religious law? If you have a Bible, it is the book of Acts.
  2. Jesus tells us how we are to decern that his teaching comes from the will of God.  What verses discuss how we can decern and what is the test of someone speaking for God, or themselves?
  3. Jesus tells us not to judge in Matthew 7:1, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  Why is he allowing others to judge, but not by appearances?
  4. Do you feel more confident during this Bible Study to defend Christianity? 



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The Gospel of John 7:1-13 (Jesus brothers don’t understand him.)



 

We move on to John 7:1-13 where Jesus's family refuses to believe who he is.

After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee.

10 However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret. 11 Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus and asking, “Where is he?”

12 Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.”

Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.” 13 But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Can you tell me what is the Festival of Tabernacles? Do Christians celebrate it?
  2. Where else did we read Jesus say, “My time has not come,” in the Gospel of John?
  3. People who supported Jesus feared to say anything publicly. Do you have that same fear? Why?



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The Gospel of John 6:60-70 (Jesus is abandoned by some followers.)



 

We move onto John 6:60-70 where we see the impact of Jesus's statement as body and blood

60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”

61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit[e] and life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”

66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.

68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

70 Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” 71 (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why did people grumble when Jesus spoke of them eating his flesh and drinking his blood for eternal life? Why didn’t they understand?
  2. This story represents people leaving Jesus.  Do you recall if he talked about the relationship of people who follow him and people who do not?



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