John Lesson 29 Day 4

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John Lesson 29 Day 4

John 13 -17

Jesus invested himself in his disciples for three years.

John 13:1-17

Humility and Serving

Jesus modeled humility and servanthood when he washed his disciples’ feet. Then he said they should also wash one another’s feet because “a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” John 13:16-17

John 14:1-4

Jesus comforted them

When his disciples were troubled (after Jesus told them that one of them would betray him), Jesus said. “Set your heart at ease (Tenney).”
Jesus strongly urged them, “You believe in God, also believe in me.” He went on to calm their troubled hearts by assuring them of “a future reunion in the Father’s house.” (David Guzik)

John 14:15-21

Abiding presence of Spirit of Truth

Jesus’ additional assurance, “if you love me, you will keep my commandments. . . .I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the spirit of truth.” ESV
An abiding, Divine Presence will come after he leaves. They will not be orphans.

John 16:1-15

Warning about things to come and the work of the Holy Spirit

Jesus warned his disciples about the opposition they would face, so they would not be surprised and stumble.

“At the time when the Gospel was written, these words had acquired a special relevance from the inclusion in the synagogue prayers of a curse on the Nazarenes, which was intended to ensure that the followers of Jesus could take no part in the service.” (Bruce)

Unless Jesus goes away, he said, “the Helper will not come to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of sin [versus] righteousness and judgement.”

The Holy Spirit will make their roles easier by reminding them of Jesus’ words, guiding them into all the truth, and telling them about things to come. (John 16:15 paraphrased)

b. Jesus taught his disciples and spent time with them.

God loves and cares about us. He wants to sit with us at his table and teach us face to face.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
For you are with me;
Your rod and your staff,
They comfort me.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23 ESV

10. a. Jesus’ prayer John 17

The first thing I notice is Jesus’ relationship with His Father and his obedience and surrender to fulfill their plan for which he was sent to earth,

“And herein he sets us an example: in all times of tribulation let us fall back upon our sonship, our adoption, and the fatherhood of our great God. To our Father let us go, for to whom else should a child so naturally fly?” (Spurgeon)

Jesus interceded for the disciples that his Father gave to him. They were special to him because they belonged to the Father.

He asks the Father to keep them through Your name now that he is leaving them because his time on earth was coming to an end, and because they were about to walk through his difficult time of arrest, suffering, death, and resurrection.

He also asks the Father to keep them in unitykeep them from division, error, sin, and hypocrisy.

Keep them in My joy and away from the evil one. ““The evil one, apparently, often operates through the hatred of the world (cf. 15:18-16:4); and the disciples are going to need protection against such malice.” (Carson) [Interesting]

“The New Testament tells us that Jesus has an ongoing, present work of intercession for His people (Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25). “The object being not so much to let us know what He said on a special occasion, as to show the constant attitude of His mind, the informing idea of His unceasing ‘intercession’ for us during the time of His absence.” (Trench)” (via

b. Challenge

This quote really struck me — “The evil one, apparently, often operates through the hatred of the world (cf. 15:18-16:4); and the disciples are going to need protection against such malice.” (Carson)

“For God so LOVED the world that he gave his only Son, that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV emphasis added

Jesus prayer also encourages me to pray for others wholeheartedly.

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