Day 4

John

from the This Is the New Testament reading plan


John 1:1-18, John 5:17-23, Genesis 1:1-5, Revelation 1:4-8

BY She Reads Truth

This Is the New Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. As we read, we’ll gain a broader understanding of the redemptive story of Scripture. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. 

What Is John? About 90 percent of the material in the Gospel of John is unique to this book of the Bible. John, a disciple of Jesus, highlighted Jesus’s identity as the Son who reveals the nature of God the Father. He also points to how Jesus fulfills Old Testament prophecy, festivals, and institutions. 

How John Fits Into the Story: Of all the New Testament books, the Gospel of John most clearly teaches the divine identity of Christ. Rather than focusing on the miracles, parables, and public speeches that are so prominent in the other Gospel accounts, John emphasizes the identity of Jesus as the Son of God and His invitation to respond in faith.

Reflection Questions: 
1. How does Jesus describe His relationship to God the Father in today’s reading? How do these passages broaden or change your understanding of who Jesus is?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?

Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.

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56 thoughts on "John"

  1. Katie J says:

    What an awesome reminder that God is present, he was here from the beginning, and will be coming back. Jesus was the way to salvation through God.

  2. Foster Mama says:

    No matter how much I search, it’s hard to find a “perfect” analogy for the HOLY TRINITY. I think it’s just one of those things we need to strive for but, know we will never have a full understanding on this side of Heaven (just like Jesus being 100% human and 100% God, His divinity never parting from His humanity is impossible to FULLY appreciate).

    As such, all the analogies I have found in my life are flawed (some even heretical)… including this one (but possibly still my favourite):

    “This analogy explains that the Father is like the sun. The Son is like the light rays that visibly reveal the sun, as Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). The Holy Spirit is like the heat that the sun produces, unseen yet powerful and effective in making the sun felt.

    This analogy sounds pretty good, but it is fatally flawed in that is describes the Son and Spirit as creations of the Father” (which they are of course not).

    With my limited mind, I think of my own self that I am mother&daughter&wife in a single moment…each a slightly different role but, all a part of me. (I am NOT comparing myself to God, of course!!!)

  3. Foster Mama says:

    @ DOROTHY, As far as I know Matthew was one of the 12; Luke was not but, I’m not sure if he was one of the 70…I think we know most about him from his connection to Paul.

    @ GRAMSIE SUE & PAULA EVANS, that’s great news!! Praying for tomorrow’s CT scan and Paula’s husband’s continued improvement

    @ JEN BREWER, praying!

  4. Jennifer Anapol says:

    Jesus and the father are connected yet distinct individuals. The Holy Trinity is such a mystery. I pray I would u sweat and it more.

  5. Jennifer Anapol says:

    Jesus and the Father are separate individuals, yet they are connected as well,

  6. Dorothy says:

    Lauren your comment made me laugh because I am the youngest of four and I can remember hearing my parents saying things like that to my brothers and sister. It would always make them made when my punishment was a severe.
    Danielle I would have never thought of it that way. You have enlightened me.
    Ashley Taylor WOW love what you.
    Heidi Churchmouse hasn’t commented since half through the Old Testament study and we have been trying to figure it out. No she didn’t say anything.
    Erica Chiarelli what you said just blew me away, sooooo GOOD.
    Kaitlin Schroeder just love what said and it’s sooooo true. I’m so happy Derek is doing better, I’ll be praying for both of you.

  7. Kaitlin Schroeder says:

    I just started this new community series today! Coming out of the Old Testament, we saw God’s nature as a lion. Roaring and violent, because of his love for us. However, He became flesh so that He might walk among us and show that love in a more gentle way as a Lamb. The contrast between the Lion and Lamb is just so cool to me. God is so many things, He can have a strong hand of discipline or give a loving embrace from His son. His nature amazes me.

    Update on my boyfriend who recently received his liver transplant. He was moved out of the hospital and into a physical therapy rehab last week. He could barely get out of bed when he first went in but now he can and is even walking without a walker. He is set to be released to FINALLY come home on Tuesday. I am so excited to have my love back home but am scared because it’s going to be something new. I am so scared Satan is going to return 7 times stronger as Luke 11:24-26 says. My spiritual mother, my mother, and I are cleaning house tomorrow casting out any remaining demonic spirits and sealing the house the a stamp of God. Please pray for my anxious heart and peace and that nothing may enter our household. I am starting law school soon again so things will become very hectic with Derek home still recovering and me being gone for school. His parents are pitching in and that’s going to be a huge help but still please pray I do not get overwhelmed with everything.

    Grammie Sue: praying for your brain pain and that there will be NO more bleeding. May God’s healing hand be over you

    Jen Brewer: praying that God places you in the position that He has planned for you and gives you that wisdom and insight to know that that is the job he has chosen for you. Also praying that he lines up the perfect nanny for you, I pray that she is a believer and will bring God’s love and joy to your children as well as being a fun lovable nanny to them!

    ERB: praying for guidance for you brother that the lord may give both you and him insight as to what path he needs to take

    Martha Hix: praying for your son as he loses a childhood best friend. I know the feeling all too well and it really sucks!! But, I pray God gives him peace in knowing that his dog lived a nice long life full of your family’s love and she needn’t suffer here any longer. I like to believe God will reunite us with our pups in heaven as they steal our hearts like no other, I mean dog spelled backwards is God, soooooo :)

    Love you ladies and prayers over anyone that I missed that God be with you today and that you find favor with him. So excited for this new series!!

  8. Dorothy says:

    John is my favorite book of the Bible. Here’s a young man, maybe even a teen, who leaves his parents home and goes with his brother to follow a stranger — Jesus. You have to really believe in something or someone to do that especially in those days.
    I have a question and I don’t know if anyone of you can answer it, we know that Mark wasn’t one of the 12 Jesus called and John was but what about Matthew and Luke were they part of the twelve Jesus called to be with Him originally?
    I am learning so much through these two studies. Between what SRT puts out and you my sisters tell me, my knowledge of the Bible is advancing by leaps and bounds.
    Have a great Thursday and may God and Christ bless and be with all of you my sisters.

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