John

The writer(s) of John is pushing us to see past what we know, see, and experience to see God’s presence in and around us. This is why John focuses on different stories and Jesus’ miraculous powers. John helps us to see who Jesus really is.

John is purposely different from the other 3 gospels and has different stories.

John (the author(s)) is/are writing to the gentile community to show them that God is at

work in the world.

John was writing to a people who more immersed in scripture than many of us are today. These readers/hearers were ones who were smelling what Jesus was stepping in and knowing the Old Testament references. I’m not that good! I may seem that way, well it’s because I use my resources, like google, Pastor Mike or Dick, and my library of books. As we read through some of these texts I may be asking you to think back to texts that sound familiar. Don’t feel dumb if you don’t know, that’s why we are all learning together. Why does this matter?!  I think/know that this will help us to better understand scripture as whole and it can reveal God’s love even more for us. It also gives us a better understanding. There will be times in your life when you will think about this, and God’s word/ the Holy Spirit will help us through. 

John 14:6-11

  • What is Jesus trying to explain to his disciples?
    • That he is God
  • What does he say if they don’t believe him?
    • Look at what I’ve done!
      • What signs/miracles/acts has Jesus done to prove he is the Son of God?
        • Water to Wine
        • Healing official’s Son
        • Healing at Bethesda
        • Feeding of 5,000 Jn 6:9 sack lunch
        • Walking on Water
        • Healing man born blind
        • Raising Lazarus from the death
  • Do Miracles still happen today?

Doubting Thomas: Jn 20:19-29

  • How would you react to some random person showing up in the locked room you and your friends are sitting in to avoid being taken? This was also during the traditional mourning time, so they wouldn’t be out and about anyway.
    • How did they know it was Jesus?
      • Couldn’t it have been another person who was crucified?
    • What do you think of Thomas’ reaction?
      • Can you relate?
      • What do you think of Jesus remark to Thomas? V.29

I know for me there are definitely times where I don’t feel God’s presence with me, and even when He is there, I still doubt or question. Questioning is part of faith, and it leads to stronger faith. I know God is with us all the time, but man there are times where it doesn’t feel like it. It depends on the time, but I usually try to catch myself and ask God to help me see Him, other times, I just wait a bit.

So if you relate to Thomas, and have doubts that is ok. I think it is beneficial to share your doubts with someone though whether it be a parent, small group leader, or me. If you talk with me about this, I promise that I won’t try to convert you. I will listen and be a resource for you.

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