John Chapter 13: Sharing Thoughts

DENNIS - I am intrigued by what Jesus knew. I also am fascinated by what is not said. No one said anything about the way Jesus washed the feet of Judas. Jesus showed the same care for his feet as he did for all the others. Do people know who my Judas is? can they tell by the way I treat those around me. be blessed all

MEGAN - If we knew we were going to die what is the thing we would tell our loved ones? I think we would try to tell them the most important thing we can think of. Jesus knew He was going to die and the things that He choose to tell His disciples was to serve other and love others. That might be what we need to focus on the most.

JOSHUA - Verse 4 starts with the word "So". I am not an English major, but that seems to me to indicate that the actions he takes in this sentence are BECAUSE of the previous sentence. BECAUSE he knew that he had all that power and authority, He washed their feet. Is that what we would do if we had all of that power and authority? Is Jesus trying to set a good example for us here, or is he teaching us something about the purpose of God's power?

FLOYD - The first verse of this chapter means so much to me, He love his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The rest of the chapter shows a demonstration of that love. We are his servants to be there for  the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ, Whatever that need may be

JOHN - “Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.””John 13:7  How often this verse has applied to me throughout my Christi an life!  I thought I understood so much after going through the Jule Miller film strips and was baptized.  Thought I had all the answers when I graduated with my Bible degree from OVC.  After preaching and teaching Bible classes for over 30 years, surely I had helped many souls "understand" what God wanted them to do.  The one thing I do understand at this stage in my life is that I will understand things better as He continues to speak to me.  God forgive me for my harm that I have caused from my lack of understanding.

MELISSA - I don’t think we always realize what a sacrificial job washing feet was. Today it’s not really that big a deal. We wear socks and shoes and have pretty clean feet. In Jesus time they wore sandals and walked on streets made of dirt that was covered in animal poop and sewage. They also didn’t have indoor plumbing to easily take a shower. So, their feet were really gross. At Passover they didn’t sit in chairs, they laid on the floor reclined against each other, so it was very likely to have feet in your face. So, washing the feet was a very important job but it was reserved for the lowliest of servants. Jesus is the creator, king of kings, yet he did the lowliest of jobs to serve people He knew would fail Him repeatedly. May I be a little more like Jesus today and serve others even when they don’t deserve it.

PENNY - It is still a very humbling deed even today. I have had students wash my feet and it is very moving and I had showered that morning.

RENEE - I’ve never noticed before that Jesus said that he was giving a new command to his disciples at the END of his ministry before the cross. Love each other.  If someone would have asked me when Jesus gave that command, I would have thought it was much earlier in His ministry.

Two commands at this time right before the cross:

Serve each other 

Love each other

(Just like Jesus)

RODNEY - My feelings on the lesson He was teaching them was humility.  We are to love everyone and do things to aid the less fortunate as well as those who are more blessed than others.  Basically, we are told to treat everyone equally, no matter who or what they are.

STEVE - My take from John 13: How differently would WE live our lives, or treat others if WE- like Jesus knew WHEN we were going to die?

John Chapter 12: Sharing Thoughts

TIM - John 12 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.  5...It was worth a year's wages.

          What have I sacrificed recently for God?

·         How have I proclaimed his Lordship in my life?

·         How have I given him thanks lately? 

MARY is:

·         Humble – at his feet

·         Perceptive – from at his feet listening to teaching?  You can’t serve him unless listen

·          Timely – Gal 6:10 as opportunity – do good  9:4 while it is day – night comes –no one can work

·         Sharply criticized -yet Jesus approved

·         Extravagant

·         Fruitful –whole house filled with fragrance

Mk 14:9 – wherever gospel preached, her story will be told

-Her service went far beyond her dreams.  I wonder what God is doing with ours?

FLOYD - When you read this chapter, think about how you serve. Martha and Mary served in different ways. Judas way was take, take, take. Jesus tells us how we can serve.

MELISSA - Vs. 45 Jesus says, “whoever sees me sees Him who sent me.” I love that all we have to do to know God is to look at Jesus.

DOC - It amazes me how people back then and now are so much alike.  Verse 42-43  many of the rulers did believe in Him, but do to peer pressure were afraid to admit their belief and verse 43 is so true of many today.  They want to hear the praise of earthly men rather than of our heavenly Father.

DENNIS - So much rich material here. The scary part for me is the disciples missed the God signs. I wonder what I'm missing? open my eyes Lord. 

JOSHUA - I think it is awesome that, for the triumphant entry as we call it, the people started with "Praise God!"  I find it encouraging that it really is possible to recognize that God is working even when we don't understand why or how. These people were probably expecting a King, and there was probable some of these people at the crucifixion later, but for now they knew Jesus was great because he came in the name of the Lord. A real pity so many of them could not take the next step and put their faith in them.

John Chapter 9: Sharing Thoughts

Bonnie - I believe there is a lesson here for us to do the good works of God before our time runs out.  God has a plan for us and we should not procrastinate because we could be called away at any time.  HEALING displays the works of God in John 9:3, and SUSTAINING GRACE displays the works of God in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 with Paul and the thorn.  For when I am weak, then I am strong, per Paul.  Both were God's plan in the beginning.

Tim - John 9.1 He was blind from birth.  So, what can't he see?

·  color      ·  shapes        ·  trees        ·  people's faces including their expressions

·  How do you describe sight to the blind???

John 9.16 He is not from God.   

So, what can't they see? 

·  How do you describe blindness to the sighted?

What would you love to be able to see? 

Dennis - John 9 is one of my favorites. I'm amazed at how certain groups ignore the facts. Greatest fact of all, the tomb is empty. That changes everything. I want to see clearly. 

blessings to all

Joshua - I am curious about verse 31: "We know that God doesn't listen to sinners," spoken by the healed man in context where everyone assumed that the man was born in sin. I wonder how many times this man was told he was blind because he was a sinner. How many times was he told that God wouldn't listen to him because he was a sinner. 

            Tim - Concerning Joshua's thoughts - one of the many surprises to me in my ministry is hearing how many people were told they are worthless by their parents.  I'm working with a woman right now who is stilled scarred by her classmates telling her she was worthless and didn't know anything.  It seems our human side naturally looks at the bad side of people:  failures and struggles.  Oh to see people as God sees people.  

Thanks Joshua.  Interesting insight. 

Floyd – When I look at verses 4 and 5 I know the "I " refers to Jesus as long as he is in the world, but can we change  the"I" to "we" ? We are his disciples still in the world to be the lights in the world. and we must do his work while we can.

Penny - Open my eyes and let me see!

Rodney – I wonder how many on earth today have to see Jesus or they don’t believe.  Isn’t  that what having faith is all about.  I believe because I have heard the Good News.  I don’t have to put my hand in His palm to feel the nail prints.  I just believe that He died for my sins.  Praise God!!

Megan – I like the thought process that Jesus talks about at the beginning of the chapter. Instead of thinking that our problems and hardships in life are due to our sin or something God inflicted on us we can instead think "How can this be used to glorify God". It might be that God can cure or solve that hardship to show His glory or it might mean He shows His glory despite the hardship.

Renee – John 9:3 ...”This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.” This refers to the man who was born blind whom Jesus healed.  In our fallen world so much pain and heartache is all around us...and sometimes inside us. This scripture gives us hope and assurance that the power of God can and will be seen through these trials. 

May God be glorified!!

John – “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.””

John 9:5  with the problems I have had with my vision over the last five years this chapter of John has been "eye opening". Through all the treatments and surgeries my prayer used to be that I would have better vision.  Lately my prayers are for God to "open the eyes of my heart" and for me to "see like Him".  We assume that "the works of God should be revealed in him" by the healing of his blindness, but wasn't it also revealed in his faithfulness of obedience to Jesus while still blind?  Even if our physical blindness is not always healed, Jesus is our light that helps us to see spiritually.

Steve – In Verse 1- The disciples asked whether the blind man or his parent had sinned because he was blind.  The thought that his blindness was considered punishment is interesting to me.  How often have we or heard others say, "What have I done to deserve this" when unfortunate things happen. 

Believe God can do amazing things, and understand bumps in the road are a test of faith.

Melissa - I love the response of the formerly blind man when the Pharisees question him a second time. I like that it is full of sarcasm, it reminds me of how I would probably answer them too. But I also love the wisdom he has. It shows that  Jesus not only opened his eyes but his heart also. I pray that I may have the courage and wisdom of this man when facing opposition to Christ.

Tom - Again the Pharisees are spiritually blind.  They are so blinded by their nit picking rules, they can’t see the beauty in healing someone regardless of the day of the week.  The Pharisees are angry with Jesus for violating their rules, for claiming God as his father and making himself equal to God.  The Pharisees even claimed that Jesus was not from God beause he wouldn’t honor the Sabbath as they had been taught.

The man Jesus healed once he met Jesus claimed to believe in him.  Jesus told the man he had come into the world so the blind (you and me) will see and that those who see (those who follow precepts and not principles) will be blind.

John Chapter 8: Sharing Thoughts

Tim - What I find  interesting from the story of the woman caught in adultery is what is missing

1. Harsh accusations towards the woman who is guilty.  He gives mercy and grace.

2. Harsh accusations towards the accusers.  He let's them convict themselves.

3. A sermon on sexual sin.  She already knew.  Jesus gave her what she needed. 

It is so easy to throw stones, especially verbal ones.  We are quick to pass judgment.  I pray for more compassion like Jesus. 

Bonnie - In John 8:24, "I told you that you would die in your sins, if you do not believe that I am he ----- 8:24 Notes :  Jesus echoes God's greatest affirmation about himself and in doing so claimed to be God and risked being stoned. ----- Ex 3:14  - God said to Moses I AM WHO I AM.  Told Moses this is what you are to say to the Israelites, I Am has sent me to you

Interesting - Moses' law in reference Witnesses.
When a malicious witness takes the stand to accuse someone of a crime and the Judges after a thorough investigation , finds the witness to be a liar.  Per Moses' law, you must purge the evil from amount you.  The rest of the people will hear and be afraid to give false witness. Deut 19:16-19

Tom - The more Jesus discussed who he was and his purpose, the more the Pharisees would look and not see; listen and not hear. The Pharisees were so blinded by their beliefs and rules, they could neither see, hear nor understand.

Melissa - In verse 45 Jesus says “because I tell you the truth you do not believe me.” Doesn’t it sound like Jesus is speaking straight to our society today where people are so quick to dismiss the truth because it isn’t what they want to hear? People say the Bible is old and irrelevant but the more I read the more I see just how applicable it is to us and our world. 

Joshua - I am confused by the crowd's response in verse 33. How did they think that being descendants of Abraham meant that they had never been slaves to anyone? They were constantly being enslaved and scattered since Abraham's time. Even in the present time, Rome had occupied them and ruled over them. But if they could not even accept their physical slavery, how much more difficult for Jesus to teach them about their spiritual slavery.

Penny - Not much has changed in our time. We are so quick to believe half-truths that are written on the internet or Facebook that hurt our fellow man and friends.. We judge on human standards when Jesus has led the perfect life and is the light. I want to be of the Father!

Rodney - The story of the adulteress sets my mind to thinking what a Great God we have.  It shows me that even a sinner like me can be loved by God.  Sometimes we tend to judge other people, however, we are just as guilty of sin as they are.   Our God is a loving God.

Renee - John 8:19 Jesus says, “If you knew me, you would also know my Father”.  We should do everything in our power to know Jesus better... look for Him and The Father throughout our daily lives.

 

John Chapter 7: Sharing Thoughts

Tim – vs 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him. 

And yet later on, both James and Jude became leaders in the church.  I am challenged not to count anybody out, even if they don't believe...yet.  Sometimes they are mean, rude, uncaring and/or uninterested, but the power of knowing Jesus can change everything.  (It also reminds me how lucky my sister is to have me as a brother.  

Dennis - There is a lot of Judging going on in our culture. Haters that are spreading lies. v 24 talks about making a right judgement. The only right judgement is to have your heart set on being in harmony with Jesus. WWJD.

Melissa - Starting in verse 50 Nicodemus uses the Pharisees’ own law to show them that what they were doing was not right. You would think that since they are so concerned about the law that would give them pause but their reaction shows they don’t really care about the law they care about being in charge. It is so easy for me to judge the Pharisees but truthfully how often do I know what is right but choose not to do it and try to justify it somehow?

Rodney - For some reason this verse stood out to me.  I wonder how often (Christians) pass up saying how they feel about our Lord and Savior for fear of what their friends will think.  In other words, peer pressure sometimes may cause us not to spread the Good News.  I think there are a lot of “Pharisees” in the world today.  Are we willing to testify for Jesus no matter where we are?

Floyd - I was just ready to write about verses 49 and following and seen that Rod had beat me, but I will still make my comments, The Pharisees had implied that no leader believed in Jesus, But Nicodemus of the Jewish council spoke up and pointed to their own disregard for the law in this matter. How often are we ready to step forward to defend scripture when we know we will be put down for during so? 

Jeff - So much misunderstanding about who Jesus is in this chapter, even by those closest to him. Definitely still true today!

Penny - Lately God has been showing me the word We. Our Wed. Bible class is looking at 1 Thessalonians. Paul saw that they were working together in love. He was concerned about the We that was searching for Jesus. Sunday sermon was We are seeking those who are seeking Him. verse 10 The Jewish leaders were watching for Him. Verse 25 begins to talk about the division over who Jesus is. I want to be with the We who look for Him!

Renee - Verse 13 ”...no one had the courage to speak favorably about him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders.”  May we always have the courage to speak favorably about Jesus in public!

John - “But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.”John 7:10 NKJV. On the surface it's hard to believe Jesus would do anything in secret.  He was always ready to proclaim the truth or answer questions to those who were seeking.  But as I think about it, He has constantly worked in secret in my life.  Leading me down paths I probably wouldn't have chosen myself, directing me in decisions that I didn't have a clue about, and bringing me to where I am today, closer to Him despite all the mistakes I have made.  Please, keep working your secrets on me.

Joshua - I find this chapter to be a reminder of how easy it is to miss Christ working when you do not want to see it. Does even a single one of us believe - Verse 48?

Megan - I pray that I have such a deep thirst for knowing God. I pray the Spirit lives in me and His waters fill me up and run over!

“On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took his stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.” (He said this in regard to the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were about to receive. The Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.)”  John 7:37-39 MSG

John Chapter 4: Sharing Thoughts

Tom - Jesus tells the woman that the time has come when “true worshippers” will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth, because the Father who is “Spirit” seeks those  kind of worshippers.  To worship God means to hold God in the highest reverence because of who he is, his character and his conduct, as opposed to worshipping worldly things such as our work or money.  We worship Jesus in our actions, our attitudes, our treatment of our family and others, scripture reading, prayer, tithing, and our gratitude.  In short we live in an abiding relationship with Jesus.  To worship in Spirit and Truth means that our spirit is the core of who we are.  We have our body, our soul and at the very center is our spirit.  We must love and worship from the very center of our core.  And truth means acknowledging who Jesus is and who we are in all of our circumstances.

 

Melissa - I love in verse 39 when it says “many in the town believed because of the woman’s testimony.” She was considered a nobody and an outcast yet she brought many people to Christ. It just shows what God can do through us when we let Him.

Megan - In chapter 4 there is some great stuff! Jesus said if you knew the generosity of God you would be asking me for water. It is so uplifting to think that if we know God we know that He is so generous and we can feel free to ask for what we need. I also loved that Jesus said true worship involves standing before God as ourselves in adoration. We don't have to be fake or perfect to worship Him. The Samaritan woman also witness to her people about Jesus by showing them that He knew her problems yet still did not shy away from her. The people believed in Jesus because of that not because she was perfect and had everything in order in her life. Why do we feel like we have to have it all together in order to worship and witness?

 

Dennis - I love how Jesus treats Nicodemus (top of social ladder) and the Samaritan woman (bottom of social ladder) with equal respect and opens the kingdom to both. 

 

Renee - Jesus' words: (John 4:23-24)

"But the time is coming- indeed it's here now- when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth."

I want to learn more about this 'spirit and truth'. Worship from our innermost beings? The truth being The Trinity's Way for our salvation?    A phrase to ponder and study.

Ben - 

Verse 1-3 Why would the Pharisees care that Jesus and his disciples are baptizing more than John, and why does this information prompt Jesus to return to Galilee?

Verse 6 “Jesus was tired.” We tend to forget about the humanity of Jesus because we know that He was Gods son, but He actually felt everything that we feel today. He knew what it was to feel betrayed, exhausted, frustrated, overjoyed, and amused. He had to learn how to walk, talk, and tie his shoes like the rest of us. He was 100% human, so he is the perfect mediator between God and man.

Verse 7-9 Jesus was always breaking social conventions and boundaries in order to minister to people. As a result, many people who would not otherwise have been exposed to the gospel were saved.

Verse 10-12 Jesus is speaking about spiritual things to a person whose mind is focused on the natural realm. Just as with Nicodemus, the woman’s natural mind cannot perceive things of the spirit.

Observation: We need the Holy Spirit to discern the truth of God’s Word

Verse 14 Jesus is clearly speaking of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is intended to be a spring of living water within us, refreshing our soul, and flowing out of us to refresh others.

John Chapter 3: Sharing Thoughts

HERE ARE A FEW THOUGHTS I HAVE RECEIVED FROM OTHERS

8 - The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” 

If faith is believing what we cannot see, it only makes sense that people who have the Spirit are not always  going to see (know) where He is leading.  I guess one of the ways you know the Spirit is guiding you is if you have constant surprises in your life.  

--Tim 

 

It always is amazing that Jesus knows what everyone is thinking. Nicodemus has not said anything about the kingdom but that is how Jesus answers him. Nicodemus does not say where did that come from. It also scares me to know He also knows what I'm thinking. Jesus is also taking nic from the physical to the eternal, spiritual. 

--Dennis

 

Open Doors is one of my favorite organizations - helping persecuted Christians.  Here is a link to a man who found Jesus from reading the book of John while in prison.  I thought you might find it interesting.  

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/drug-smuggler-bible-smuggler/?utm_source=nl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=September

--Tim

 

John 3:15 -   Shows we have a relationship with God now (today) and forever.

--Floyd

 

I find it very sad when Jesus talks about people living in the darkness refusing to go into the light because they fear that their sins will be exposed. One of the biggest things we need God's help with is the very thing that keeps us hiding from him sometimes. And that is how darkness works. If you never think about it, then maybe it will just...go away?

--Joshua

 

Verse 34 is a verse that I feel applies to all of us.  I once said that I would like to have the voice of James Earl Jones and was told that God gave you the voice that you have, and that is the voice God wanted me to have.

--Rod

 

One thing I take from this is verse John 3:31

 

The one who comes from heaven is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks of one from the earth.

I can't help but think of those who have no belief or influence in Godly values. I can't imagine choosing not to acknowledge what God has done and can do for us.

My heart goes out to those who are truly seeking but have not yet found God. Hopefully the way we live our lives will be a testimony and example to those seeking something greater and it is those times that we can truly serve.

--Steve

 

I was struck by John the Baptizer's response to his followers in John 3:30.

"He (Jesus) must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less."

This is an amazing goal/mission statement for all fillers of Christ. 

Father God,

Help me become less of me and become more like Your Son."

--Renee

John Chapter 2: Sharing Thoughts

Verse 13-17: Jesus so deeply offended, and moved to an extreme response?

It is likely that the place in the temple where the market had been set up was in the Court of the Gentiles. Thus, occupying that particular place was in essence excluding the nations from the worship of the one true God. The Temple was intended to be a place of prayer for all nations--not just the Jews.

Isaiah 56:7: These I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” 

It seems unlikely that the people would not have known this, as it was called the Court of the Gentiles. So, occupying that place was in direct violation to a command of God--not a misunderstanding. Thus, it was wholly appropriate for Jesus to bring judgment rather than reason.

-Ben

John Chapter 1: Sharing Thoughts

While I know it isn't feasible to go too far in depth, the historical background is extremely rich on John. The reference to "The Word" and Light would have meant a lot to John's audience that we miss. But both speak to the way people were trying to makes sense of the world in John's day. Jesus is THE WORD (the force that brings order to the universe) the LIght (the SOURCE of life) and the MESSIAH (the Savior the prophets wrote about.)

When we are introduced to the disciples the theme becomes "we have FOUND HIM." We have found the one we (and others) have been looking for. I really get the impression that the men Jesus called were those who had been searching and spent time discussing that search. So when Jesus found them, they went to find others who had been searching. Not everyone is that serious about the search, and unfortunately, many settle(d) for cheap imitations. "I am a Jew, or a Pharisee or a Gnostic or ascribe to this or that philosophy. Good enough, I will pay my dues and be a good member in standing." It is tempting to "cast a broader net" so those who are not that serious about the search don't go away. When Jesus encountered Nathaniel he praised his healthy skepticism. No imitation Messiah would do. As we proceed through John we see that occasionally Jesus "thins the herd" by intentionally discouraging those who are not that serious.

John Mayer has a song, "Who do you love?" He asks, Who do you love, me or the thought of me?" Jesus asks a similar question: "Do you love ME or the thought of me?"

Patrick