John: Who is this Man?

This gospel was written by the disciple of whom it was said, "Jesus loved him." John was the closest intimate of our Lord during the days of his ministry, so this constitutes a very important gospel.

Bible Studies in the Gospel of John

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Who is Jesus?
Jn 1:1-4
Hello Darkness
Jn 1:5-13
The Stranger of Galilee
Jn 1:14-18
Call the First Witness!
Jn 1:19-34
The Man who Knew Men
Jn 1:35-51
Water to Wine
Jn 2:1-11
The Temple Cleanser
Jn 2:12-25
Born of the Spirit
Jn 3:1-16
The Best Possible News
Jn 3:16-36
The Man Who Understood Woman
Jn 4:1-42
Faith's Encouragement
Jn 4:43-54
Do you Want to Get Well?
Jn 5:1-17
The Secret of Jesus
Jn 5:18-20
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
Jn 5:21-30
The Credentials of Jesus
Jn 5:31-47
The Testing of Faith
Jn 6:1-15
The New Resource
Jn 6:16-21
What are You Working For?
Jn 6:22-40
Life with God
Jn 6:41-59
To Whom shall We Go?
Jn 6:60-71
Is Jesus for Real?
Jn 7:1-24
For Those who Thirst
Jn 7:25-52
Judging the Judges
Jn 8:1-11
The Breakthrough Point
Jn 8:12-30
Straight Talk from Jesus
Jn 8:31-47
The Choice
Jn 8:48-59
Believing Is Seeing
Jn 9:1-39
The Shepherd and His Sheep
Jn 10:1-21
Mad Man or God-Man
Jn 10:22-42
God's Strange Ways
Jn 11:1-16
Death's Conqueror
Jn 11:17-44
What's Going On?
Jn 11:45-54
Worship Or Waste?
Jn 11:55 - 12:10
Triumph Or Tragedy?
Jn 12:12-26
Faithful Belief and Fatal Unbelief
Jn 12:27-50
Servant Authority
Jn 13:1-17
The One Commandment
Jn 13:18-38
The Cure for Heart Trouble
Jn 14:1-14
That Other Helper
Jn 14:15-31
The Vine and the Fruit
Jn 15:1-11
Loving amidst Hate
Jn 15:12 - 16:4
The New Strategy
Jn 16:5-33
The Longest Prayer
Jn 17
The Way to the Cross
Jn 18:1 - 19:3
He Endured the Cross
Jn 19:4-42
The Incredible Hope
Jn 20:1-18
The New Commission
Jn 20:19-31
Breakfast by the Sea
Jn 21

Overview the Gospel of John

from Adventuring Through the Bible

The fourth Gospel holds peculiar significance to me for many reasons, but especially because it is written by the disciple closest to our Lord. When you read the Gospel of Matthew, you are reading the record of our Lord as seen through the eyes of a devoted disciple. Mark and Luke, of course, were dedicated Christians who knew and loved Jesus Christ, though they learned about him largely through the testimony of others, but John is one who leaned upon his breast. He was of that inner circle which included Peter and James, who went with our Lord through the most intimate circumstances of his ministry and heard more than any of the others. Therefore, we open this book with a sense of anticipation. Here is the testimony of our Lord's closest friend.

In light of this, it is very startling to see how John's Gospel begins (chapter 1, verse 1):

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1 RSV)

Sometimes I think it is difficult to believe that Jesus is God. I know there is not a Christian who has not at one time or another felt the full force of all the arguments that would make him out to be nothing more than a man. There are times when we find it difficult to lay hold of the full intent of those words and think of the man Jesus as God.

But if we find it difficult, how much more did his own disciples find it so? They, of all men, would be least likely to believe that he was God, for they lived with him and saw his humanity as none of us ever has or ever will. They must have been confronted again and again with a question that puzzled and troubled them, "Who is this man?" As they themselves said, "What manner of man is this who heals the sick, raises the dead, quiets the wind and changes the water to wine?" (Matthew 8:27)