Sunday, May 15, 2022

Bible Study "Revelation Chapter 9 - 22 Month of May 2022

 

Bible Study Handout of Revelation from
 Chapter 9 to 22
For the Month of May 2022

Elder LaShelia Mack Wyatt & Rev. Wade A. Wyatt, Sr.
Greer Circuit

Chapter 9: As the judgements continue, people refuse to turn from their wicked behavior.

·           five – a star falls from heaven to earth, and is given the key to the bottomless pit. The pit is opened – smoke rises out, and locusts, who torment for five months those who do not have the seal upon their foreheads. Their torment is like that of a scorpion. Men will seek death, but be unable to find it. The scorpions have crows, men’s faces, women’s hair, lion’s teeth, iron breastplates, and tails like scorpions. The sound of their wings is like the sound of chariots. The king of the locusts is the angel of the bottom pit, called Abaddon in Hebrew, and Apollyon in Greek.

·           six – four angels bound at the Euphrates are released to kill a third of mankind. They have an army two million strong, with the heads of lions – they kill by the fire, smoke and brimstone coming from their mouths. They also do harm with their serpents’ tails. Those not killed did not repent of their idolatry and sexual immorality.

May 10

Chapter 10: God gives John the strength to continue his task.

A mighty angel appears, clothed with a cloud, with a rainbow on his head. His face is like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. He has a little book open in his hand. He sets his left foot on the land, and his right foot on the sea. Seven thunders utter their voices, but John is forbidden to write down what they say. The angel declares that there shall be no more delay. John is instructed to eat the little book – he is told that it will make his stomach bitter, but will be as sweet as honey in his mouth. John is told that he must prophesy about many people, nations, tongues and kings.

May 10

Chapter 11: The work of the two witnesses; the last trumpet sounds.

John is given a measuring rod and told to measure the temple, its altar and its worshippers. (Compare with measuring the temple in Ezekiel 40-43.) The outer court is not to be measured, however, because it has been given to the gentiles, who will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. Two witnesses will prophesy for 1260 days, clothed in sackcloth. (1260 = 3.5 years, according to the Hebrew year of 360 days – exactly half of seven.) They are the two olive trees and lampstands standing before the God of the earth (see Zechariah, chapter 4). If anyone wants to harm them, they will be destroyed by fire proceeding from their mouths. They have the power (like Elijah) to cause drought during the days of their prophecy. They also have the power to turn the waters to blood, and strike the earth with plagues. When they have finished prophesying, the beast that ascends from the bottomless pit will kill them. Their dead bodies will lie in a city that spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt; they will remain unburied for three and a half days (half of seven), and people will rejoice at their deaths. After that, they will revive, ascend to heaven, and then there will be an earthquake that kills seven thousand people, and destroys a tenth of the city. The survivors are afraid and give glory to God. The second woe is a past, but a third is coming quickly. The seventh trumpet sounds, and voices in heaven proclaim that the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ. The elders worship God, saying the time has come for Him to

reward His servants and destroy those who destroy the earth. The temple of God is opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant is seen in His temple, with lightning, noises, thunder, earthquakes and hail.

May 10

Chapter 12: The devil’s anger against Israel and the people of God.

In heaven appears a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a garland on twelve stars on her head. The woman gives birth. A fiery red dragon appears, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. With its tail, it throws a third of stars to earth. The dragon prepares to devour to child who is about to be born. The child is to rule all nations with a rod of iron, and is caught up to God and his throne. The woman flees to the wilderness, to a place prepared by God, and is fed there for 1260 days. There is war in heaven between Michael and the dragon. Satan (another name for the dragon) and his angels are cast out of heaven. There is rejoicing in heaven, but woe is proclaimed for the inhabitants of the earth, because the devil has arrived in great wrath, knowing he only has a short time. (This is the third woe.) The devil/dragon/serpent persecutes the woman clothed in the sun, but she is given eagle’s wings to fly into the wilderness. The devil/dragon/serpent spews water at the woman, but the earth opens its mouth to receive the flood. Frustrated, the devil/dragon/serpent focus his wrath against God’s people.

May 17

Chapter 13: The evil rule of the antichrist (Christ’s great enemy).

A beast rises from the sea – it has seven heads and ten horns, and ten crowns on its horns, and a blasphemous name on its heads. The beast was like a leopard, with the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion. (This recalls the beasts, representing earthly empires, that come from the sea in Daniel 7.) The dragon gives the beast a throne, and authority. One head seems mortally wounded, but when it is healed, all the world marvels and follows it. The beast is worshipped, and blasphemes God for forty-two months ( = three and a half years – half of seven). It was granted him to overcome the saints; all those whose names are not written in the Book of Life worship him. However, those who lead into captivity (presumably, the functionaries of the beast) will be led into captivity themselves. A second beast comes from the earth – he has two horns like a lamb and speaks like a dragon. He is a Satanic prophet, leading the earth in the worship of the beast. He performs great signs, making fire come from heaven. He commands those on earth to make an image of the beast, and is granted power to breathe life into the image, which kills all those who do not worship it. Only those with a mark may buy and sell. The number of the beast is 666.

May 17

Chapter 14: 144,000 people who love God; God issues his judgements.

The Lamb stands on Mount Zion with the 144,000. A new song is sung, which nobody could learn apart from the 144,000. The 144,000 are virgins, the firstfruits to God and the Lamb, without deceit or fault. An angel tells every nation, tribe, tongue and people to fear and worship God. Another angel announces the fall of Babylon. A third angel warns that those with the mark of the beast on them shall be tormented with fire and brimstone. A voice from heaven says that those who die in the Lord from now on are blessed. John sees a cloud with one like the Son of Man on it, with a sickle in his hand. He reaps the earth. An angel, also with a sickle, gathers the vine of the earth, and throws it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. The winepress is trampled outside of the city.


May 17

Chapter 15: The preparations for the last series of judgements.

John sees seven angels with seven plagues. Those victorious over the beast stand on a sea on glass, holding harps. They worship with song. Out of the temple come seven angels, clothed in bright linen, with golden bands girding their chests. The four creatures give seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God to the angels, so the temple is filled with smoke from the glory of God and nobody can enter the temple until the seven plagues are completed.

May 17

Chapter 16: The final series of judgements (called the 7 bowls).

A voice from the temple commands the seven angels to pour the bowls of wrath upon the earth. The pouring of each bowl has its own unique consequences:


·         one – a loathsome sore comes on those who have the mark of the beast upon them

·         two – the sea turns to blood, and all living creatures die

·         three – all fresh water is turned to blood. An angel of the waters comments of the righteousness of the Lord, making those who have shed the blood of the saints and the prophets now drink blood.

·         four – the sun scorches men; they blaspheme, and do not repent

·         five – the beast’s kingdom becomes full of darkness. Men blaspheme, and do not repent.

·         six – the Euphrates dries up. Unclean spirits like frogs come from the mouth of the dragon to gather an army at Armageddon.

·         seven – a voice from heaven declares, ‘It is done!’ There is thunder, lightning and earthquakes. The great city is divided into three parts; God gives Babylon the cup of the wine of His fierceness. There is a plague of heavy hail. Men blaspheme.

May 24

Chapter 17: The antichrist destroys the evil city called Babylon.

One of the seven angels shows John the great harlot who committed fornication with the kings of the earth. John is carried in the Spirit into the wilderness, where he sees a woman on a scarlet beast which is full of names of blashphemy. It has seven heads and ten horns. The woman is dressed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with precious stones and gold. In her hand is a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. On her forehead is written, ‘Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and the of the abominations of the earth.’ The woman is drunk with the blood of the saints and the martyrs. The beast the whore rides on will ascend from the bottomless pit, and go to perdition, and those who dwell on earth, whose names are not written in the Book of Life, will marvel. The seven heads represent seven kings. Five have fallen, the other has not yet come. When he does come, he must continue for a short time. The beast is the eight king. The ten horns are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet – they are allies of the beast, and will war against the Lamb, but the Lamb shall overcome them. The ten kings will hate the harlot, making her desolate and naked, eating her flesh and burning her. The woman is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth (Rome? It is not stated explicitly.)


May 24

Chapter 18: The punishment of Babylon, and the reaction of different groups of people.

An angel comes from heaven, declaring, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen.’ It has become a prison for every foul spirit. Merchants have become rich through the abundance of Babylon’s luxury. God’s people are instructed to separate themselves from Babylon. Babylon will be utterly destroyed by the judgment of the Lord, repaid for her iniquities. The kings who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will lament at the swiftness of the judgment against her. The merchants will lament that nobody buys their merchandise anymore. The sea-captains who trade at sea will also lament. An angel throws a great millstone into the sea, and says that thus with violence shall Babylon be thrown down. Babylon will be left desolate and silent, bereft of musicians, craftsmen, bridegroom and bride. The blood of prophets and saints was found in her.

May 24

Chapter 19: The bride of Christ; Christ leads heaven’s armies in the last battle.

God is worshipped in heaven for the judgment against Babylon. The marriage of the Lamb has come. Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. John worships an angel, and is chastised for it. A white horse appears from heaven; the rider is called Faithful and True, who judges and makes war in righteousness. His eyes are like flame, and there are many crowns on his head. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood. The armies of heaven follow Him on white horses. A sharp sword goes out of His mouth. He will rule with a rod of iron, and tread the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. On his robe is written ‘King of Kings and Lord of Lords’. An angel standing in the sun invites the bird to gather for the supper of great God, where they can eat the flesh of God’s enemies, both small and great. There is a battle, and the beast and his false prophet are cast into the fiery lake. The rest were killed witrh a sword and devoured by the birds.

May 31

Chapter 20: Christ’s rule on earth; the final judgement.

An angel descends from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. The beast/dragon/serpent/Satan is cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years. After that time, he must be released for a little while. Christ and the saints rule for a thousand years. The rest of the dead (those who are not saints) will be resurrected after this thousand year period. After the thousand years, Satan will be released from prison, will deceive the nations, gather Gog and Magog to battle. The final battle ends before it begins – fire descends from heaven, devours the army, and the devil is cast into the fiery lake to be tormented forever. A great white throne descends. At the sight of the face of He who sits on it, earth and heaven flee. The Book of Life is opened, and the dead are judged according to their works. The sea, Death and Hades give up their dead. Those whose names were not written in the Book of Life are cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.




May 31

Chapter 21: The new age begins; God’s city called the New Jerusalem.

John sees a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth pass away. There is no more sea. The New Jerusalem descends from heaven, prepared as a bride for her husband. A voice declares that God’s tabernacle will dwell with men. ‘God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’ All things are made new. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega...I will give the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.’ Those who overcome will be sons of God, and cowards, unbelievers and other sinners will be cast into the fiery lake. One of the seven angels shows the Lamb’s bride, the new city, descending from heaven. The city’s light is like a precious stone, with a great high wall, and twelve gates, with the names of the twelve tribes written on them. The angel measures the city – it is square, with its length, breadth and height equally 144 cubits. The walls are of jasper, and the city of pure gold. The foundation of the wall are adorned with twelve precious stones. The twelve gates are made from twelve pearls. There is no temple, for the Lord and the Lamb are the temple. There is no need for the sun or the moon, for the Lamb is its light. The nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light. Its gates shall not be shut. Only those whose names are written in the Book of Life shall enter.


May 31

Chapter 22: Christ’s promise: he will come again soon. 

A pure river of the water of life flows from the throne of God. (Compare with the river flowing from the temple at the end of Ezekiel.) The tree of life bears twelve fruits every month. The leaves of the tree have healing properties. There shall be no more curse. God’s servants shall serve Him with His name on their foreheads, there shall be no night, and God and the Lamb shall reign forever and ever. The words are verified are true. Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book. John falls down to worship the angel, and is chastised a second time. John is told not to seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. Let sinners be sinners, and the holy be holy (ie, sinners will confirm their sin in the way that they react to this available prophecy, and so will the holy.) Jesus declares he is coming quickly, to give to everyone according to his work. Jesus declares He is the alpha and the omega. Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. Those outside the city are cursed. Jesus testifies the truth of the testimony, and declares Himself to be the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star. The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. If anyone adds anything to this books, God will add plagues to him; if anyone takes anything anyway, his name will be taken from the Book of Life. He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Maranatha in Aramaic). The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.


Where the material was taken from:

  1. Bible Study by Chapter http://biblesummarybychapter.blogspot.com/2011/04/revelation.html

  2. Revelation: Bible Study and Commentary http://www.usefulbible.com/pdf/download.htm


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Bible Study - Gospel of John Bible Lessons "The Bread of Life" July 2021

 

Gospel of John Bible Lessons  

    The Bread of Life

864.293.0045 (cell) 

Wade A. Wyatt, Sr

email:  wwyatt@umcsc.org


 


 

 








I.    Introduction to the Gospel

The book of John is a narrative of Jesus’ life as witnessed and recorded by John.   The book of John is often suggested first for new Christians to read because of its simplicity.   John was one of the twelve disciples Jesus chose during his earthly ministry.  John recorded miracles and acts performed by Jesus that are not recorded in the other three gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke.  This is why the book of John is not referred to as a Synoptic Gospel.  The Gospels of Matthew Mark and Luke are considered synoptic because they seem to have the 'same view' on a lot of matters. Thus they are called the "synoptic" Gospels, from the Greek syn (same) and optic (relating to sight or view).[1] They also tell the same story in the same order. The book of John does not tell all of the same stories as the synoptic gospels, nor does it have the same order.   The gospel of John was written approximately A.D. 100, thirty years after the writing of the Synoptic gospels.

John’s Gospel functions like a Pastoral Letter: the difference is when Paul was writing the Corinthian Letters he was free to say what was needed to be said in his own interpretation and was not governed by the way the Gospel writers were.  Gospel writers were not free to do that at all…They never identified themselves.  Gospel writers are very selective and teach in a way they can understand.  John’s Gospel is the only one that has a Purpose Statement… he states its purpose in Chapter 20 as to why he writes his Gospel…John is not telling the Christians a story about Jesus they don’t know…they are believers so John doesn’t tell them the story of Jesus because they know.  The synoptic gospels are retelling the story of Jesus with a certain emphasis. What it does is allow each Gospel writer to tell their own story… John is an evangelist and an artist telling it in a way that the 1st century early church can understand.[2] 


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 [1] “Christianity: Why are Matthew, Mark and Luke called the synoptic gospels?”  http://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/1119/why-are-matthew-mark-and-luke-called-the-synoptic-gospels accessed October 17, 2017

[1] “Christianity: Why are Matthew, Mark and Luke called the synoptic gospels 


 The word gospel means good news.  John tells about the good news of Jesus Christ.  John wrote mainly for Greek speaking Jews who did not believe.  He recorded in Jn 20:30-31,  "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” [3] Also in Jn 3, Jesus told Nicodemus, a Jewish ruler, “Ye must be born again.”  In Jn 14:12-14 Jesus tells his disciples that they will perform greater works than these because He is going back unto his father. This is also not found in any other place of the Bible.  Jesus telling the disciples that He will do anything they ask is found three other places in the Bible (Jn 15:16, Jn 16:23, 1st Jn 3:22), which were all recorded by John. 

Even though the author of the Gospel of John is believed to be John, he is not identified in the scriptures by name.  Some have speculated that a disciple of John may have written the Gospel of John and John’s name was somehow penned to this writing as an identifying mark.  Nevertheless, one can conclude with some certainty the author was not Matthew, Mark or Luke. The only reference to John as the author is found in Jn 21:20-24 where John is referred to as the disciple Jesus loved. 

Who was John, this beloved disciple of Jesus?   John initially made his living as a fisherman and lived in Bethsaida.  Before his encounter with Jesus, John was a disciple of John the Baptist.  Jesus called John to discipleship from his boat at the Sea of Galilee.   John with his brother James and another disciple, Peter, became Jesus’ inner circle. John and Peter were witnesses to more miracles Jesus performed and events than the other disciples. John and Peter were at the raising of Jairus' daughter from the dead, the transfiguration on the mountain, and in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus had the weight of the world on His shoulders.   John was the only disciple in the high priest’s house at the trial of Jesus.  Jesus entrusted the care of his mother, while on the cross, probably to John (John 19:27). 

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[1] The Holy Bible (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1975), 1012.


There is also some question as to the possibility of John’s relationship to Jesus, perhaps as a cousin.  John has been recorded as having worked in the churches in Jerusalem and at Ephesus and helped spread the gospel.  He is the only disciple noted as having not died violently.  He died of old age at Ephesus after having been exiled to the island of Patmos.

There is no official one way to divide the gospel of John.  Most divide it into four sections.  The first section is called the Prologue.  Its unusual characteristic is its lengthiness.  The second section is The Book of Signs – or Jesus’ Public Ministry.  This represents the first major part of John.  It starts with John 1:19- 2:12.  The third section is called the Passion Narrative, beginning with chapter thirteen through chapter twenty. The fourth section is referred to as the Epilogue and is noted for its strange ending.  In Chapter twenty, Jesus shows the disciples his wounded hands and side and breathes on them to receive the Holy Ghost.  However in chapter twenty one, the disciples are out fishing and nobody readily recognizes Jesus.  Jesus asked, “Have you any meat?”  They responded, “No”.  He then tells them to cast the net on the other side. They gathered an abundant amount of fish.  As they went to eat with Him, it’s not until He breaks the bread and they eat the fish that they recognize him.

The four lessons I have included are: 

1. Introduction of the Gospel and the Theme (Jesus is the Messiah and Bread of Life from Heaven),

 2. The Love of Jesus, 

3. Miracles and 

4. Opposition Jesus faced.

 II.              Detailed Lesson Plans

                                                    i.     John 1:1, 14 - The reason for John writing the Gospel of John was so that Jews would know that Jesus is the Messiah who came from Heaven. John starts the Gospel by stating that the Word was in the beginning, the beginning of eternity and the Word was God. John 1:14 points to the fact Jesus is the Word who was made a man.  The incarnate word came to dwell among men and women.  The Gospels show us Jesus among the inhabitants of earth, both Jew and Gentile.  How did some of the people know that this person was Jesus, the Son of God?  Verse 14 says they saw Jesus’ glory which Jesus received from God, his father.  Jesus’ glory was full of grace and truth. This is reminiscent of Jesus saying, “You shall know them by the fruit they bear” (Matthew 7).  Others later in Jesus’ ministry said Jesus preaches with authority, not as the scribes (Matthew 7:29). Will someone read for us John 3:2? Nicodemus, a ruler of the Pharisees, recognized that Jesus came from God.  What was Jesus’ mission for coming to this world?  He came to redeem humankind back to God and to show us to make disciples of Jesus Christ after he returned back to his Father in Heaven.  So we see Jesus among the people. What better way to teach humankind about reaching souls then to be among the people and show them how to do it.  This tells us what? It tells us in order to effectively reach the people of this world, we need to be among the people. We are to be in this world but not of the world.  This is one of the reasons why the religious order of Jesus’ day had a problem with Jesus. Jesus was among anyone who received him.  However, was Jesus doing the things of this world and acting as the sinners did? No, Jesus caused a change in the people he encountered and caused to them turn to God if the people were willing. 

                                                  ii.     John 1:35-36 - Who was John the Baptist and what was his mission?  He was the forerunner to Christ. He baptized the people and told them to repent for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.  Luke 3:16 has John the Baptist saying’ “I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire. In John 1:36 John the Baptist recognized Jesus as the Messiah and called him the Lamb of God. He was referring to Jesus’ crucifixion and shedding of his blood for the remission of sins. This points back to the reason why John wrote the Gospel of John.

                                                iii.     John 1:49, 51- Why is Jesus calling persons to be his disciples?  There has to be a recording of the deeds Jesus did while here on earth. Where would we be as Christians if we did have a Bible to read?  Also, the disciples were learners and observers while with Jesus.  Once Jesus returned to Heaven the disciples would call men and women to repentance.  So Jesus called Phillip. Phillip, with excitement, told Nathanael about the Messiah. In order for Nathanael to believe something good could come out of Nazareth Jesus told him that he saw him previously under a tree. What’s the connection with Jesus and Nazareth? Joseph took Mary and Jesus to Nazareth to flee from Herod who wanted to kill Jesus. Nazareth was deemed as a bad place where the people were characterized as despised and condemned. This is the first time Jesus is referred to as a Nazarene. But notice how John takes Nathanael from viewing Jesus as a no good person to seeing Jesus as the Messiah. After their conversation Jesus now declares himself as the Son of man by saying that angels of God will descend and ascend upon him. Jesus is using Jacob’s vision of the ladder connecting heaven to earth (Genesis 25:12-22). How is Mary connected to Jesus referring to himself as the Son of a man? Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit. A virgin name Mary gave birth to Jesus. Therefore, Jesus is both divine and human.

                                                iv.     John 2:50 – After Jesus drove the money changers and animals out of the outer court of the Temple, Jesus once again declares who he is. Jesus said stopping making my Father’s house a marketplace. He is referring to God, thus declaring himself the Son of God. The people asked, “What sign can you show us for doing this”? Jesus makes reference to his death and resurrection by saying destroy the temple and he shall build it up in three days. Of course, the people think Jesus is referring to the physical temple. However, Jesus is referring to his body. Once again John is showing the reader of this Gospel the messiahship of Jesus. Why were money exchangers and animals in the outer court of the Temple?  Animals were sold in order for the people to make sacrifices to God and the money exchangers were there to convert currency for the animal purchase. Jesus also drove them out because there was no place for the Gentiles to assemble. The Gentiles were only allowed in the outer court.

                                                  v.     John 3:16-17 – John 3:16 is one of the most quoted verses in all of the Bible. It states Christ’s mission in a nut shell.  It says that Christ is the Messiah. These words were spoken by Jesus to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Pharisees.  Nicodemus was a Jew who realized that Jesus must have come from God.  How else could Jesus do the works he was doing?  John is saying, “See Jews, Jesus is the Messiah, looks at his works”.  Jesus abruptly changes the tone of the conversation from praising Jesus to the mission of why Jesus came. Most of the Jews did not see Jesus as the Messiah because he came so low in order to serve.  Jesus did not come riding in on a white horse and sit up in the Temple to be praised.  Jesus came to serve. Jesus said, in Mark 10:45, "The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” God gave His son in order for believers might have eternal life.  Jesus changed the tone of the conversation to witnessing. He tells Nicodemus you must be born again, not of the physical but of the spiritual. In verse 17 Jesus reiterates his main mission, to save the world. 

                                                vi.     John 6:35 – Jesus states he is the bread of life that comes down Heaven. Prior to this Jesus fed 5,000 plus individuals with two fish and five loaves of bread. Therefore, some of the same individuals sought Jesus because he fed them. Once again Jesus turns the conversation into an opportunity to witness.  Jesus moves from talking about physical bread to bread from Heaven.  Physical bread allows our physical bodies to maintain life and grow. John 6:31 talks about the Israelites eating manna in the wilderness. This sustained their physical bodies.  The bread from Heaven allows our spirit to maintain life.  Jesus said when we eat the bread from Heaven, we shall never be hungry or thirsty again. What do you think Jesus meant by that statement?  We shall not need anyone else to satisfy our spiritual desire.  In others, there is none greater than God. God can supply all of our needs and desires.  Many times in the New Testament the writers recorded Jesus healing all who came to him. He healed the lame, gave sight to the blind, healed leprosy, healed mental disorders, casted out demons and even raised the dead back to life. There was no disease, problem or ailment Jesus could not cure. Someone read Genesis 18:4. What does it say? God asked Abraham, “Is there anything too hard for the Lord”?

                                               vii.     John 9:38 – Jesus gave a blind man double vision. John shows us the witnessing ability of Jesus, Jesus’ messiahship and Jesus healing power in this story of a man born blind.  Jesus gave a blind man his sight by putting mud and saliva on his eyes and telling him to go wash in the pool of Siloam.   This caused a huge uproar among the Pharisees and the people were amazed. Jesus performed this miracles on the Sabbath. This caused some of the Pharisees to believe on Jesus. They reasoned within themselves that no sinner could do such a miracle, Jesus must be the long awaited for Messiah.  The hard hearted Pharisees put the once blind man out after they could not get him to change his story of what really happened to him. Isn’t this the case most times?  All Jesus is requiring of us is to believe and do what he tells us to do?  Jesus is doing all of the heavy lifting.  The man’s second vision came about when Jesus met the man after he had been put out. Once he realized the Messiah had healed him he became a believer.  The work of healing the man was the witness that caused some of the Pharisees to believe in Jesus and the man once blind man as well.

                                             viii.     John 10:9-11 – Do these verses point to Jesus as the Messiah? If so, how? Messiah is the promised deliverer of the Jewish nation and the world prophesied in the Old Testament. Do these verses say this about Jesus? First, Jesus described himself as the door, which is the only entry point into Heaven. Persons entering shall find pasture. Does this not sound like the 23rd Psalm, especially in verse 11? Someone please read the 23rd Psalm.  Verse 10 talks about the opposite of the Messiah, the adversary.  Reviewing Jesus’ life and deeds he performed while on earth, which description fits Jesus. Certainly not the thief.  Jesus gave life to all those who received him and believed. 

                                                ix.     John 11:25 – The scene depicted in this verse and the verses before and after put Jesus’ Messiahship to the test. I see three levels of faith in these verses. We see Jesus’ placing God’s will above the love and compassion Jesus had for Lazarus, Martha and Mary. It was God’s will that Mary and Martha’s faith grow or be increased. Also, that the witness to the raising of Lazarus believed that Jesus is the Messiah.  Can anyone see the three level of faith here?  The first level of faith is that they believed Jesus could heal Lazarus from his sick bed, so they sent for Jesus. Jesus stayed where he was for two days. By the time Jesus arrives, Lazarus has been dead for four days. They thought all hope was lost. Jesus told Martha Lazarus, your brother, will rise again. Martha said yes I know in the resurrection on the last day.  This is second level of faith. What Martha failed to see or understand Jesus tried to make plain in his next statement. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.”  In other words, because I am the Messiah and will shed by blood for the washing away of sins all believers will live again.  Martha did not realize that today she would see her brother. This is the third level of faith. The Messiah told Lazarus, who had been dead for four days, “Lazarus come forth.”  Jesus raised the dead even before his resurrection. This great story tells us that Jesus is also a restorer of life.

                                                  x.     Conclusion to Lesson One – John in numerous incidents show Jesus as the Messiah. The theme is written throughout the Gospel. John shows the origin of Jesus, bread that comes from God to give life to all who believe.

                                                xi.     Closing- We will end with a word of prayer, ask questions, explain what will be studied next time, give out the reading assignment (the verses on love – John 2:15-16, 4:4, 4:9. 4:39-40, 8:11) and ask for input on how to improve the bible study and encourage the attendees to invite others.

b.     Lesson Two – Love of Jesus

                                                    i.          John 2:15-16 - In these two verse the reader sees Jesus’ love for the Gentiles. Let’s not forget Jesus was sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.  Jesus also went onto his own and his own received him not.  John records Jesus having contact with Gentiles. When Jesus drove the animals and money exchangers he was showing his love for the Gentiles. The outer court is the only place the Gentiles could gather. They could not go any further in the Temple. So Jesus drove them out to make space for the Gentiles.

                                                  ii.          John 4:4, 9, 39, 40 – Jesus displays his love for the Gentiles by conversing and blessing a Samaritan woman with a bad reputation. Jesus told the woman of her past. She was amazed and realized Jesus is the Messiah. She ran to town and told other Samaritans.  They came to Jesus and became believers as well.  Jesus spent 15 minutes with the Samaritan woman which turned into a two day revival. They encouraged Jesus to stay two days. 

                                              iii.          John 8:1-11- In this verse Jesus shows his love to a woman caught in adultery by forgiving her.   The Pharisees tried to trap Jesus with a charge. So they brought a woman caught in the very act of adultery to Jesus and said the law demands that we stone her.   What do you say Jesus? Surely they had Jesus now.  John records Jesus stooping down and writing something on the ground.  He stands up and says, “He that is without sin let him cast the first stone.”  This must have cut the accusers to their hearts. Because they dropped their stones and walked away. However, there was one standing there who had not sinned.  Did he pick up a stone and throw it at her? No, he did not. This is because of his love for this woman and sinners alike.  Jesus did not condemn her.  This act of mercy also points to the fact that Jesus is the Messiah. Who can forgive sins, but Jesus?

                                              iv.          John 15:9-10, 12 - What is your definition of love? How does one know when a person loves him or her? Jesus told his disciples that he loved them as his Father loved him. He also said we shall know one another as Christians by the love we have for one another.  Love is defined as a feeling of deep affection as in Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus. But how does one know? Love is synonymous with sacrifice.  If a person loves another person he or she will sacrifice him or herself. John recorded in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Who is the greatest example of this? Jesus is the answer. While we were yet sinners Jesus died for us.   

c.      Lesson Three – The Miracles of Jesus

                                                    i.          What is a miracle?  Is a miracle something humans can perform? A miracle is an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs, the healing miracles described in the Gospels.[4]  When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden humankind was been in need of miracles ever since.  The greatest miracle is when one becomes a disciple of Jesus Christ. The person repents of his or her sins and ask Jesus to be Lord of his or her life. God makes him or her a new creature. No one can do this except God.

                                                  ii.          John 2:9, 11 – Jesus and the disciples were at a wedding feast and the wedding party ran out of wine to serve the guest. Jesus’s mother was present as well. Mary knowing Jesus as the Messiah, said to him, “They have no wine.” Jesus’ reply was, “What am I to do with thee? Mine hour has not yet come.” Mary told the servants to do whatever Jesus instructs them to do.  This is key and a great teaching tool. Because the servants were obedient the wedding feast had the best wine served to them.  No one can explain how Jesus turned water into wine.  That’s the beauty of a miracle.  It can’t be explained with our finite mind. However, John is telling us today in order for us to be successful in life we must do what Jesus is instructing us to do. Did it make sense to the servants to fill the water pots with water? No.  When God makes us disciples, I can’t explain how God does it.  However, it works.

                                                iii.          John 2:23, 3:2, 6:2 – These verses show the results of Jesus working miracles in the presence of people. The people saw the miracle and they believed and/or followed Jesus. Jesus working miracles gave credence to the fact that Jesus is the Messiah. This also is another great witnessing tool Jesus used and is for us today.  Because Jesus healed the blind man in John 9 some of the Pharisees became believers. When Jesus baptized the disciples with the Holy Ghost, the Holy Ghost empowered them to work miracles.  In Acts chapter 3 Peter laid his hands on the lame man they placed at the gate of Temple daily and prayed for him.  God healed him instantly. He went into the Temple leaping and praising God.  The people were amazed and believed. Even the enemy of God could not deny this miracle. Do you see that a miracle not only benefits the one receiving it but the onlookers and witnesses as well. Some of us are believers today because we witnessed a miracle.

                                                iv.          John 6:11 – Jesus fed 5,000 plus individuals with 2 fish and five loaves of bread. In the verse 6:1-14 people had been following Jesus as he preached and taught. As the hour is getting late disciple urge Jesus to send the people away so they can go get something to eat. The disciples’ treasury was not enough to feed the multitude. Instead Jesus, asked the disciples, “What do you have?”  A little boy had five barley loaves of bread and two fish.   Certainly this was not enough either. However, when Jesus is Lord of one’s life, a little can go a long way. Jesus prayed over the food, men the people sit down and distributed the food.  There was more than enough food, even to the point they took up leftovers. This tells us God can take a little and make a lot. The key is we must have faith in God and make him Lord of our lives. Moses was successful in freeing the Hebrew people from Egypt because God was with Moses. The disciples would have not been out there with Jesus if they had no forsaken all to follow Jesus. When we think we don’t have enough or we won’t be successful if God is with we will succeed.

                                                  v.          John 6:19 – Jesus walked on the water to save the disciples. It interesting to note that in Matthew 14:22 and Mark 6:45, Jesus told the disciples to go across the Sea of Galilee.  This tells us that doing the Will of God and following Jesus will sometimes lead us into storms.  The storm can be figurative or literal. Jesus went to a mountain top alone to pray while the disciples crossed the sea.  Why did Jesus wait to come to the disciples at the height of the storm? Could this be the only time the disciples cried out to God for help? Could it be that Jesus was showing them that the disciples need him?  No person is self-sufficient. Also, doing God’s will and following God one must always have God on board. Also, note the love Jesus displayed for his disciples.  Jesus defiled gravity to go save his disciples. When we are in dire straits we must realize and believe God can do the impossible. God parted the Red Sea so Moses and the Israelites could cross and dry land avoid an encounter with Pharaoh and his army of men and chariots.

Lesson Four – Opposition Jesus Faced

                                           vi.          My goal for Lesson Four is for the attendees to learn about the opposition Jesus faced and how he dealt with it. Also, for the attendees to realize that, in order to do God’s will, attendees will have to face opposition and learn how to deal with it.

                                          vii.          Verses from which the lesson will be taught from are John 5:10-18, 7:7, 8:59, 11:45-53

                                        viii.          No one likes opposition. Most go out of their way to avoid it. However, there comes a time when, for the good of all concerned, opposition must be met head on. Jesus did a lot of good as well as create controversy. The religious order did not believe Jesus was the Messiah. They also opposed Jesus at almost every opportunity.  They could not understand why Jesus associated himself with persons other than the members of the religious order.  The religious accused Jesus of not keeping the Mosaic Law, such as healing on the Sabbath.  The religious order sought to kill Jesus because they thought Jesus would upset the Roman authority.   The religious order plotted and lied to have Jesus crucified.

                                           ix.          John 5:10-18 – Jesus told a man he healed to take up his bed and walk on the Sabbath day. The Jews asked the man who told him to take up bed on walk on the Sabbath day. It is unlawful to do so. Initially the man did not know Jesus healed him. Once he found out the person was Jesus he told the Pharisees. The Pharisees were not only upset about the man taking up his bed on the Sabbath, but were upset with Jesus said God was his Father or making himself equal to God. John recorded in John 5:16 16 that the Jews persecuted Jesus and sought to kill him because of this. Jesus kept conversing with the Pharisees saying what is come.

                                             x.          John 7:7 – Jesus told his disciples the world hates him because he tells the world its ways are evil. This was said after Jesus avoided going to Judea because of death threats there. It’s not that Jesus feared anyone. Jesus said his time had not yet come, meaning his death. In dealing with the opposition one must know when best to strike back at the enemy.  Most of Jesus’ life had already been foretold in the Old Testament.  There was an appointed time for him to be sacrificed.  This tells us we must the will of God for our lives and not allow anyone to promote us before our time.

                                           xi.          John 8:59 – Some of the Pharisees tried to stone Jesus based on what he told them. However, Jesus hid himself and left the Temple. It was not his time to die. Jesus simply told these Pharisees that they were sons of the Devil because they don’t do things of the Lord. Jesus said if the Pharisees were of God they would have known Jesus as the Messiah.  This cut the Pharisees to their hearts and wanted Jesus dead right away. In dealing with opposition there comes a time to not retaliate.  We have to recognize when the opposition is taunting us to do wrong.

                                               xii.          John 11:45-53 The Pharisees initiate a plot to kill Jesus. The raising of Lazarus from the dead must have been the last straw for the religious order. They said if they let Jesus go on this way everyone will believe in him and the Roman authorities will destroy the Temple and take away their nation.  These verses tell us doing God’s will can cause deadly consequences. How does Jesus deal with this opposition? One has to realize that God is Lord of all. Nothing happens without God’s knowledge. It was foretold in the Old Testament that Jesus would give his life as a ransom for all who believe. Even though the plot to kill Jesus was a success does not mean that God failed. Nor does it mean God needs evil acts committed in order to be successful. This was all a part of God’s will for humankind. 

                                             xiii.          Conclusion - The Gospel of John is a simplistic book and easy to read for the new convert. John succeeds in highlighting Jesus’ Messiahship with his many accounts of Jesus’ actions. The majority of the events John recorded show the love Jesus had for the Jews as well as the Gentiles. The giving of Jesus points to Jesus as the Bread of Life. Jesus told the woman at the well the water he gives no one would thirst again.  The Bread of Life gave the woman something she never had before. Jesus told Martha he is the resurrection and the life.  The Bread of Life called Lazarus from the grave. Five thousand plus individuals came to hear him preach, teach and work miracles. For thief excursion, the Bread of Life fed them with two fish and five loaves of bread. John also showed us how to witness and call men and women to discipleship. Jesus dealt with opposition and did not falter.  Most importantly the Gospel of John shows the ultimate sacrifice Jesus gave, the shedding of his innocent blood. Once again the Bread of Life made available to all eternal life.

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[1] “Christianity: Why are Matthew, Mark and Luke called the synoptic gospels?”  http://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/1119/why-are-matthew-mark-and-luke-called-the-synoptic-gospels accessed October 17, 2017

[2] “Christianity: Why are Matthew, Mark and Luke called the synoptic gospels

[3] The Holy Bible (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1975), 1012.

[4] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miracle accessed October 17, 2017.