The Power of His Voice
THE POWER OF HIS VOICE
John 4:46 Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. There was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come… into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 49 The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.
51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!” 52 Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household. 54 This is the second sign that Jesus did.
THE POWER OF HIS VOICE
5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.
5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” 7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.
KILL THE VOICE!
16 For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath.
THE WALKING DEAD
25 “The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.”
28 “The hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth…to the resurrection of life…to the resurrection of condemnation.”
I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT!
37 “The Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have not heard His voice at any time.”
THE PURPOSE OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
20:30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
QUESTIONS FOR LIFE
1.Read John 20:30-31.
John 20:30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
2.Based on John 20:30-31, state the purpose of the Gospel of John in one word.
3.Can you think of any passages in Matthew, Mark and Luke that clearly state how to have eternal life with God as does John 3:16? If so, list the reference.
4.Based on your answer, what might be the primary purpose of Mathew, Mark and Luke?
5. Matthew, Mark, and Luke are often called the synoptic (same view) gospels because so much of the information in each one of these three gospels is found in the other two. Yet, 90% of the information found in John's Gospel is not found in Matthew, Mark, or Luke. For example, only John records the stories of Jesus' evangelistic encounters with Nicodemus, the woman at the well, and the man born blind. How do these observations relate to your answers to the previous questions?
6.Can you think of any passages in Acts through Revelation that clearly state how to have eternal life with God as does John 3:16? If so, list the references.
7.Based on your answer, what might be the purpose of Acts through Revelation, especially as you think about the addressed readers of each book?
8.Can you think of any passages in the Old Testament that clearly state how to have eternal life with God as does John 3:16? If so, list the references.
9.Based on your answer, what might be the primary purpose of the Old Testament, especially as you consider 1 Corinthians 10:11 which refers to the stories in the Old Testament?1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our instruction.
10.In one word, state the purpose of the rest of the Bible outside of the Gospel of John?
11.Based on the questions above, what is unique about the Gospel of John?
12. Unlike the Synoptics, John limits himself to a very small and simple vocabulary just 600 words. This is the vocabulary of a child. John's gospel is the easiest of the New Testament books to translate and, for that reason, most New Testament professors have their students begin their translation of the New Testament in John. John's use of vocabulary fit his purpose .
13.What practical difference should it make (or has it made) in your life to understand what we have learned about the Gospel of John?