John 1. Forum Discussion

Talking with Jesus

The Gospel of John is often the first book of the Bible suggested for new Christians to read.

It was written by John the Apostle, who is described as, “The disciple whom Jesus loved.”

gotquestions.org explains the special relationship that John the Apostle and Jesus had with one another this way:

“Church history tells us that the apostle John lived into the A.D. 90s and was the last surviving apostle. Early church tradition was unanimous in identifying John as the disciple whom Jesus loved. It seems that John had a closer relationship with Jesus than any of the other disciples. Jesus and John were essentially “best friends.” Jesus entrusted John with the care of His mother, gave John the vision of the transfiguration, allowed John to witness His most amazing miracles, and later gave John the Book of Revelation. ” - gotquestions.org.

Being able to read the account of somebody that was as close to Jesus as John was is a privilege and an enormous blessing. John’s perspective, as the disciple whom Jesus loved, is unlike any others.

The Gospel of John contains the most famous verse in the Bible:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16. 

We do not know the exact time this gospel was written; however, it is estimated to have been written between 60 and 90 AD. John was also considered to be one of the longest living Apostles.

As you read through this beautiful Gospel, look for the following pattern:

  1. Jesus performs a miracle.
  2. Crowds gather.
  3. Jesus teaches them.

As you think about this pattern, also remember the following scripture:

“These have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” – John 20:31. 

This is one of the rare instances where the Bible explains WHY something was done.

The Gospel of John contains seven, “I am” statements made by Jesus, and seven miracles performed by Jesus.

The, “I am” statements tell us of the many roles Jesus plays in our salvation.

These seven statements along with the seven miracles are recorded below:

SEVEN “I AM STATEMENTS” MADE BY JESUS

  1. “I am the bread of life.” – John 6:35.
  2. “I am the light of the world.” – John 8:12.
  3. “I am the door of the sheep.” – John 10:7.
  4. “I am the good shepherd.” – John 10:11.
  5. “I am the resurrection and the life.” – John 11:25.
  6. “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” – John 14:6.
  7. “I am the true vine.” – John 15:1.

SEVEN MIRACLES PERFORMED BY JESUS

  1. Water to wine. – John 2:1-10.
  2. Healing the nobleman’s son. – John 4:46-54.
  3. Healing the paralytic. – John 5:1-16.
  4. Feeding the multitude. – John 6:1-13.
  5. Walking on water. – John 6:16-21.
  6. Restoring site to the blind man. – John 9:1-7.
  7. Raising Lazarus from the dead. – John 11:1-44.

Now that we have laid the foundation for the Gospel of John, we will begin our study of chapter 1.

In verse 35, it says that John was standing with two disciples and saw Jesus walking. John said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him speak and they followed Jesus.

These two disciples give us a great example of how seeking to know more about Jesus leads to tremendous blessings. They ask Jesus where He is staying in verse 38 and Jesus responds, “Come, and you will see.”

The Bible says that these two disciples not only saw where Jesus was staying, they ended up staying with Him that day! 

A simple question, “Where are you staying?” led to the opportunity of a lifetime to walk with and talk with the Savior of the World!

How about us? Do we talk with Jesus? Do we ask Him the questions that are on our minds like these two disciples did?

Do we seek a relationship with Jesus?

Mathew 7:7-8 says:

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

  1. Seek.
  2. Knock.
  3. Ask.

These words describe the type of active relationship that we are supposed to have with our Savior, Jesus Christ.   Jesus wants to be part of our lives every day. He is the one mediator between us and God!  There is nothing passive about that!

“For there is one God,  and one mediator also between God and mankind,  the man Christ Jesus .” – 1 Timothy 2:5.

If our desire is to spend eternity in heaven, it is our belief in Jesus that will get us there. Coupled with the amazing grace of God the Father, believing in Jesus, and following Him will lead us home.

I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me. ” – John 14:6.

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Dan W

This is a nice introduction, revealing some major points within the Gospel.

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mustang

Jesus was always being harassed and questioned by people wishing to do Him harm. It must have been horrible. I need to stop complaint and follow Jesus’ example better.

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