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The Gospel of John 10:22-33 (Religious leaders threaten to stone Jesus)


 

Here is the next section takes place in the temple courts in John 10:22-33.

22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 

25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”

33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the Jewish Festival of Dedication?
  2. Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me.  When did Jesus tell them he was the Messiah?
  3. How did Jesus' works testify about his proclamation as the Messiah?



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The Gospel of John 10:14-21 (Jesus upsets his listeners with his message about being our Shepherd)


 

We now finish this “Good Shepherd” scene with John 10:14-21.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”

21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

Questions for discussion:

  1. What verses (here and before) foreshadows Jesus’s crucifixion?
  2. Can you think of a verse where God knows us intimately?
  3. What does verse 16 mean about “other sheep?”
  4. What does verse 18 mean about taking up his life again?
  5. Have you experienced a miracle in your life?



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The Gospel of John 10:7-13 (Jesus explains his Shepherd role)


 

Jesus explains his role as a shepherd in John 10:7-13.

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Can you name a parable in Luke where Jesus demonstrates his love as a shepherd to each one of us? What is its biblical citation?
  2. Does Jesus condemn all who are thieves and the dishonest?
  3. Do you feel that Jesus is shepherding you in your life, or is he silent at times?



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The Gospel of John 10:1-6 (The Shepherd, the sheep, and the robber).


 

Jesus uses an analogy of a shepherd, sheep, and robber when talking to the Pharisees in John 10:1-6.

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Who are the shepherd and thieves in this story?  Can you name places in the Bible that answer this question?
  2. Who are the sheep—all mankind? Give biblical citations.
  3. Do you hear Jesus’s voice through the Holy Spirit, sometimes?



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The Gospel of John 9:35-41 (Jesus identifies himself as the “Son of Man”).


 

Let’s finish up the story of the healing of the blind man and Jesus telling him he is the “Son of Man.” John 9:35-41

Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”

37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”

38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.

39 Jesus said, “For judgment, I have come into this world so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”

41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why did Jesus use the title, “Son of Man?” What does it mean?
  2. What did Jesus mean by his statements of the Pharisees claiming to see and their guilt remains?



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The Gospel of John 9:24-34 (Pharisees interrogate the healed blind man)


 

We continue the story in John 9:24-34 where the Pharisees interrogate the healed blind man.

24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”

25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”

27 He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”

28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”

30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.

Questions for discussion:

  1. “We know this man (Jesus) is a sinner,” stated the religious leaders.  Why would they say that? 
  2. How does the man’s statement, “I was blind but now I see,” relate to our relationship with Jesus?
  3. “You (the former blind man) were steeped in sin at birth.”  Why did they say this?



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The Gospel of John 9:13-23 (Jesus breaks the Sabbath rule, or did he?)


 

We continue the story in John 9:13-23 where Jesus is accused of breaking the rule of not working on the Sabbath.

13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”

16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”

But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided.

17 Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”

The man replied, “He is a prophet.”

18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. 19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”

20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why was healing the man by putting mud over his eyes a violation of the Sabbath?
  2. Why do you think that the Jewish leaders would put those out of the synagogue who acknowledges Jesus as the Messiah?
  3. Do you have a problem telling people what Jesus has done for you?



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The Gospel of John 9:1-12 (Jesus explains why sin didn’t cause blindness).


 

Now we move onto Chapter 9:1-12 where Jesus dispels the notion that God punishes people with physical disabilities because of their sinful lives.

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was.

Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”

But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”

10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.

11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”

12 “Where is this man?” they asked him.

“I don’t know,” he said.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why did the disciples assume that someone sinning created this man’s disability?
  2. What did Jesus mean by “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”
  3. Do we do “works” for God?  What does that mean?
  4. Can you name an Angelic Wars' character who pleaded with God to explain why he was not as beautiful as the other angels?



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The Gospel of John 8:48-59 (Jesus is accused of being demon-possessed)



 

Here is the next section, John 8:48-59 where Jewish leaders accuse Jesus of being demon-possessed.

48 The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”

49 “I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”

52 At this they exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death. 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”

54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”

57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”

58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why would the Jews accuse Jesus of being a Samaritan and demon-possessed?
  2. The Jews misunderstood is comment, “Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.” What did Jesus mean by that?
  3. Why did the Jews try to stone Jesus when he said, “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 
  4. What is one of the things people say to you (to reject Jesus) when you try to tell them about him.



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The Gospel of John 8:31-47 (Jesus explains the difference between being a slave to sin and knowing Truth)



 

We now move on to John 8:31-47 where Jesus explains to the religious leaders what it means to be slaves of sin and disregard truth.

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.”

39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered.

“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did. 40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. 41 You are doing the works of your own father.”

“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”

42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

Questions for discussion:

  1. What does Jesus mean by this statement? “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” How do we not become slaves of sin?
  2. Jesus said, “Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”  How do we not hear God?



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