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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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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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