John Lesson 4 Day 5

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John Lesson 4 Day 5

Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea.

John’s gospel gives an account of  what Jesus did in Judea. The other gospels focus on the work of Jesus in Galilee. (EnduringWord.com)

Study of John 3:22-36

This…took place not long after Jesus’ first public ministry in Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover. It was approximately six months after John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. So we can deduce from this that John’s and Jesus’ public ministries overlapped for at least six months. Andrew Wommack

13. a. “Jesus is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!”

John’s disciples said to him “Rabbi, the Man Who was with you on the other side of the Jordan [at the Jordan crossing]—and to Whom you yourself have borne testimony—notice, here He is baptizing too, and everybody is flocking to Him!” John 3:26 AMPC

“‘All men’ is an indignant exaggeration, very natural in the circumstances.” (Morris)

b. John’s reaction—

His disciples seem alarmed, “but John found his joy completed by the news which his disciples brought.” (Bruce)

  • John rejoices when he hears many people are following Jesus.
  • He says, “I am not the Messiah. I was sent to prepare the way for Him.”
  • John compares his role to the friend of the bridegroom, the best man at the wedding, who supervises the union.
  • “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
  • “I am filled with joy at his success.”

c. Following John’s example

Keep doing what God has called me to do even when someone else receives more attention or recognition, is more gifted or younger, or produces better results.

Be happy for the other person or people that God has raised up for such a time as this. We always need more laborers.

14. John the Baptist says about Jesus

  • He has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else.
  • He is sent by God.
  • He speaks God’s words.
  • God gives him the Spirit without limit.
  • The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands.
  • Anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life.
  • Whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Who do I say Jesus is?

I believe Jesus is everything he claims to be and who God says He is.

“. . . a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.'” Matthew 3:17 ESV

“Before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58 ESV

“I am the Bread of Life.” John 6:35 ESV

“I am the Light of the World.” John 8:12 ESV

“I am the Door.” John 10:7-9 ESV

“I am the Good Shepherd.” John 10:11-15 ESV

“I am the Resurrection and the Life.” John 11:25-27 ESV

“I am the Way, the Truth, the Life.” John 14:6 ESV

“I am the True Vine. ” John 15:1-2 ESV

(Each of those statements are recorded in John’s gospel. Two more in Revelation, also written by John the Beloved.)

“I am the First and the Last, and the Living One. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore,” Revelation 1:17-18 ESV

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:13 ESV

Day 6

15. Lesson 4 highlights

  • John the Baptist provides a perfect example of humility and unwavering devotion to his divine destiny.
  • Nicodemus broke free of his temporal, religious ministry mindset and pursued a spiritual relationship with the Messiah.

My prayer—

Father, may I escape every temptation to choose pride, recognition, or self-pity over humility and destiny.

May I escape every temptation to choose rebellion or distraction over obedience.

May I ALWAYS choose intimacy over knowledge and zeal over complacency. Amen


My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 4 Day 5