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If you only knew what a wonderful gift God has for you and who Jesus is you would ask Him for Living Water and He would give it. HE GOSPEL OF JOHNT ATERW with notes LIVING Logos 21 is a modern yet accurate translation in everyday English. It is not a paraphrase but closely resembles the everyday Greek called Koin or common in which John wrote this Gospel. The name Logos 21 is to suggest our desire to bring Gods Word Greek Logos into the 21st century. More information about the Logos 21 translation and text can be found at Living Water The Gospel of JohnLogos 21 Version Scripture text is from the Logos 21 Version copyright 1996 by Arthur L. Farstad. All material other than Scripture text Copyright 1996 Absolutely Free Incorporated All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. LW-L21-US-0909-Rev6 Introductory Notes John The Gospel of Belief The Bible is the greatest work of literature the most accurate record of ancient history and the most profound book ever written. Great men and women of history have looked to the Scriptures for inspiration guidance and hope. Napoleon wrote The Bible is no mere book but a Living Creature with a power that conquers all that opposes it. George Washington said It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible. Abraham Lincoln believed that the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to men. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book. Of the 66 books of the Bible this one the Gospel of John is the most loved. John 316 is regarded by many as the most important verse in the Bible For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. This great book contains the most familiar memorized and quoted words of Scripture. Why Because this is the one book in Gods Word writ ten primarily to those who have not yet believed in Jesus Christ. While the rest of the Bible speaks mainly to those who know Christ John has in mind those who do not know Him. As an eyewitness to the events of Jesus life John se lects the most convincing words and works of the One who claimed to be the Son of God and presents them to those who need eternal life Jesus actually performed many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in His Name John 203031. John reveals that Jesus is the longpromised and longawaited Christ the Messiah of Israel Gods Son and Savior of the world. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. And He promises eternal life to everyone who believes this claim. The emphasis throughout is on this free gift of eternal life offered to those who believe. Almost every chapter contains both an invitation to believe and a reason to believe in Jesus as the Christ the Savior. In fact the word believe occurs nearly 100 times to reinforce this main point. So for many believers in Jesus Christ Johns Gospel was their first exposure to the life-changing truths of Gods Word. It was from these pages that God quenched their thirst for living water the eternal life Christ offers to those who will receive it. No wonder Christians love this book so It is Gods inspired introduction to His Son. This is a book which leads to the faith in Gods Son which brings eternal life. Lifes Most Important Question What must I do to have eternal Iife Thats the most important question you will ever ask. As you read through this Gospel you will find that eter nal life comes not by doing but by believing Whoever believes in Me has eternal life John 647. John will give you plenty of reasons to believe. You will read of seven miraculous signs or miracles which point to the fact that Jesus is the Son of God chapters 112. Then you will marvel at the compassion and wisdom of Jesus as He teaches His disciples on their last night together before His death chapters 1317. Finally you will stand in wonder at the foot of the Cross as Christ dies for the sins of the world and then later rises from the dead just as He had predicted chapters 1821 compare chapter 2 verse 19.And through out you will find men women boys and girls just like you everyday people with everyday problems putting their faith in Jesus. They will conclude that Jesus is who He claimed to be the Savior of the world the Christ John 442. Read the verses carefully and thoughtfully. We have provided a few helps to assist you as you read. Keep in mind that this book is Gods answer to lifes most important question How can I have eternal life Regardless of what some people may say Jesus offers the free gift of eternal life to all who believe. Our prayer is that your response will be to receive Gods gift through faith believing in Gods Son. Faith or belief means trust. The moment you trust in Jesus as the One who is the Christ the One who gives eternal life freely eternal life is yours just as He promised. When you have answered lifes most important question for yourself you will want to turn to page 69 of this booklet for some further guidance concerning your belief in Christ and your new life in Him. The Gospel According to St. John Prologue the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him and apart from Him not one thing was made that has been made. 4 In Him was Life and the Life was the Light of men. 5 And the Light shines in the darkness yet the darkness did not grasp it. 6 A man appeared sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came to give testimony to testify about the Light so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light but he came to testify about the Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to everyone who comes into the world. 10 He was in the world and the world was made through Him yet the world did not know Him. IN 8 11 He came to His own and His own people did not accept Him. 12 But to as many as did accept Him He gave the right to be Gods children to those who believed in His Name 13 who were born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us and we saw His glory glory as of the Fathers Onlybegotten full of grace and truth. 15 John testified concerning Him and exclaimed This was the One of whom I said The One coming after me ranks ahead of me because He was before me. 16 And from His fullness we have all received yes grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. The only begotten Son who is nearest to the Fathers heart He has made Him known. John 112-13. These verses are talking about those who responded to Jesus call to believe in Him. See John 211 223 336 442 453 668-69 1042 1145 1242-43. Each and every person who received the Lord Jesus Christ by believing in His Name became a child of God. When they believed His claims about His Name that He was the Christ the Savior of man they were receiving Him. The result of believing was that they were at that moment born of God. That is they were given Gods life eternal life and were born into His family. And nothing has changed since John wrote these words. Anyone who will receive Jesus Christ by believing in His Name becomes a child of God. Chapter 1 The Gospel of John 9 John 129. John the Baptist a prophet from God proclaims Jesus to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. This refers to Jesus mission from God the Father. Jesus came to earth to die on the Cross for the sins of the entire world so that believers in Him could obtain eternal life. By dying on the Cross Jesus did for us what we could not do for ourselves He solved our sin problem. John the Baptists Testimony 19 Now this is Johns testimony when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him Who are you 20 And he confessed he did not deny but confessed I am not the Christ. 21 What then they asked him. Are you Elijah I am not he said. Are you the Prophet No he answered. 22 So they said to him Who are you so that we can answer those who sent us. What do you have to say for yourself 23 He said I am the voice of one crying out Make a straight road in the desert for the Lordjust as the prophet Isaiah said. 24 Now those who had been sent were from the Pharisees. 25 So they asked him Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet 26 John answered them I baptize with water but among you stands Someone you do not know. 27 He is the One coming after me who ranks ahead of me whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie 28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing. The Lamb of God 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said Look The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world 10 30 This is the One I told you about After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because He was before me.31 Yet I did not know Him. However the reason I came baptizing with water is that He might be made known to Israel. 32 And John testified I observed the Spirit coming down like a dove out of Heaven. And He rested upon Him. 33 Yet I did not know Him. However He who sent me to baptize with water told me The One on whom you see the Spirit coming down and restingthis is He who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. 34 So I have both seen and testified that this is the Son of God 35 Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples. 36 And when he saw Jesus passing by he said Look The Lamb of God 37 So the two disciples heard him say this and they followed Jesus. 38 When Jesus turned and noticed them following Him He said What are you looking for And they said to Him Rabbi which is translated Teacher Where are you staying 39 Come and see He told them. They went and saw where He was staying and they stayed with Him that day. It was about ten a.m. 40 One of the two who heard John and followed Jesus wasAndrew Simon Peters brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and told him We have found the Messiah which is translated Christ. 42 And he brought him to Jesus. When Jesus saw him He said You are Simon son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas which is translated Peter. Philip and Nathanael 43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. So He found Philip and told him Follow Me 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida the hometown ofAndrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him Chapter 1 The Gospel of John 11 We have found the One of whom Moses in the Lawand also the Prophetswrote Jesus the son of Joseph from Nazareth 46 So Nathanael said to him Can anything good come out of Nazareth Come and see Philip told him. 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said of him This really is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit 48 How do you know me Nathanael asked Him. In response Jesus told him Before Philip called you when you were under the fig tree I saw you. 49 Nathanael answered Him Rabbi You are the Son of God You are the King of Israel 50 Replying Jesus said to him Because I told you I saw you under the fig tree do you believe You will see greater things than these 51 And He said to him Amen amen I tell you in the future you will see Heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man Water into Wine 2On the third day a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee. Now Jesus mother was there. 2 Jesus and His disciples were also invited to the wedding. 3 So when the wine ran out Jesus mother told Him They dont have any wine 4 Jesus said to her Woman how does that concern Me and you My time has not yet come. 5 Do whatever He tells you His mother told the servants. 6 Now there were six stone water jars set there for Jewish puri- fication. Each contained 20 or 30 gallons. 7 Fill up the jars with water Jesus told them. So they filled them to the brim. 8 Then He said to them Now draw some out and take it to the master of ceremonies. So they took it. 9 Now when the master of ceremonies had tasted the water after it had become wine and didnt know where it came fromthough the servants who had drawn the water knewhe called the bride- groom 10 and told him 12 Everybody sets out the fine wine first then after people are intoxicated the inferior but you have kept the fine wine until now 11 This first of His miraculous signs Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee and thus displayed His glory. And His disciples believed in Him. 12 After this Hewith His mother His brothers and His dis- cipleswent down to Capernaum but they did not stay there many days. Cleaning Out the Temple Courts 13 Now the Jewish Passover was near so Jesus went up to Jeru- salem. 14 And in the temple courts He found people selling oxen sheep and doves and also the money changers sitting there. 15 So He made a whip out of cords and drove everyone out of the temple courts with the sheep and the oxen. He also poured out the money changers coins and tipped over the tables. 16 Then to those who were selling doves He said Get these things out of here Stop turning my Fathers house into a marketplace 17 And His disciples remembered that it is written Zeal for Your house will consume Me 18 So in reply the Jews said to Him What miraculous sign do You show us since You do these things 19 Jesus answered them Destroy this sanctuary and I will raise it up in three days 20 Therefore the Jews said This sanctuary took 46 years to build and will You raise it up in three days 21 But He was talking about the sanctuary of His body. 22 So when He was raised from the dead His disciples remembered that He had said this. And they believed the Scripture and the statement that Jesus had made. 23 Now while He was in Jerusalem at the Passover festival many believed in His Name when they observed the miraculous signs He was performing. 24 Jesus however would not trust Himself to Chapter 2 The Gospel of John 13 them since He knew all men 25 and didnt need anyone to testify about a man for He Himself knew what was in a man. Jesus and Nicodemus 3But there was a man from the Pharisees named Nicodemus a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Him at night and said to Him Rabbi we know that You have come as a teacher from God because no one can perform these miraculous signs You do unless God is with him. 3 Replying Jesus said to him Amen amen I tell you unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus asked Him How can anyone be born when he is old He cant enter his mothers womb a second time and be born can he 5 Jesus answered Amen amen I tell you unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Dont be amazed that I told you You all must be born again. 8 The wind blows where it will and you hear its sound but you dont know where it is coming from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. 9 In response Nicodemus said to Him How can these things be 10 Jesus answered him Are you a teacher of Israel and dont know these things 11 Amen amen I tell you We speak what We know and We testify to what We have seen but you all reject Our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you dont believe how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things 13 Now no one has ascended into Heaven except the One who descended from Heaventhe Son of Man who is in Heaven. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert likewise the Son of Man must be lifted up 15 so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 14 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Who- ever believes in Him is not judged but whoever does not believe is already judged because he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment that the Light has come into the world and people loved darkness rather than the Light because their deeds were evil. 20 In fact everyone who does wicked things hates the Light and doesnt come to the Light so that his deeds may not be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the Light so it may be clear that his deeds have been accomplished in God. Jesus and John the Baptist 22 After these things Jesus and His disciples went to the Judean countryside where He spent time with them and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing in Ainon near Salem because there was plenty of water there.And people were coming and being baptized 24 since John had not yet been thrown into prison. 25 Then a dispute arose between Johns disciples and a Judean about purification. 26 So they came to John and told him Rabbi the One who was with you across the Jordan of whom you testified here He is baptizing and everyone is flocking to Him 27 John answered A person can receive nothing unless it is given to him from Heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said I am not the Christ but I have been sent ahead of Him.29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom. But the bridegrooms friend who stands by and John 316. This is probably the most quoted verse in the Bible. The reason for its popularity is clear. It gives Gods way of salvation in a nutshell. God loved us so much He sent His Son to die on the Cross for our sins. As a result when we believe in His Son we will never perish in hell but will pos sess eternal life forever. Chapter 3 The Gospel of John 15 listens to him has great joy at the bridegrooms voice. So this joy of mine is complete. 30 He must increase but I must decrease. 31 The One who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth is earthly and talks in an earthly way. The One who comes from Heaven is above all. 32 And He testifies to what He has seen and heard yet no one accepts His testimony. 33 Anyone who has accepted His testimony has certified that God is true. 34 For He whom God sent speaks Gods words since God gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given everything into His hands. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life but whoever disbelieves the Son will not see life but Gods wrath remains upon him. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman 4So when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that He was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 though in fact Jesus Himself was not baptizing but His disciples 3 He left Judea and went away to Galilee. 4 Now He had to pass through Samaria 5 and He came to a town of Samaria called Sychar. It was near the plot of land which Jacob had given to his son Joseph 6 and Jacobs Well was there. Therefore Jesus being worn out from the journey sat by the well just as He was. It was about six p.m. 7 A woman of Samaria came out to draw water. Give Me a drink Jesus told her. 8 For His disciples had gone into town to buy food. 9 So the Samaritan woman said to Him How is it that You a Jew ask a drink from me a Samaritan woman For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered her If you knew the gift of God and who it is that is saying to you Give Me a drinkyou would have asked Him and He would have given you living water 11 Sir the woman said to Him You dont even have a bucket and the well is deep. So where do you get this living water 12 You arent greater than our ancestor Jacob are you He gave us 16 the well and drank from it himself as did his sons and his cattle. 13 In response Jesus told her Everyone who drinks from this water will be thirsty again. 14 But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never thirst againforever On the contrary the water that I will give him will become within him a spring of water gushing up to eternal life. 15 Sir the woman said to Him give me this water so that I wont get thirsty or come here to draw. 16 Go call your husband Jesus told her and come back here. 17 I dont have a husband the woman replied. You have rightly said I dont have a husband Jesus told her. 18 Actually youve had five husbands and the one you have now is not your husband. Youve spoken the truth there 19 Sir the woman told Him I see thatYou are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain yet you Jews say the place where a person ought to worship is in Jerusalem. 21 Woman Jesus told her believe Me a time is coming when you will not worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know because salvation is from the Jews. 23 But a time is coming and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.Yes the Father is looking for such people to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. 25 The woman said to Him I know that Messiah is coming who is called Christ. When- ever He comes He will explain everything to us. 26 I am He Jesus told her the very One who is speaking to you. John 414. The water of life is the wonderful truth that Jesus is the Christ who gives salvation to every believer see verses 252642. This truth produces in the believer a spring from which flows eternal life. Since that life lasts forever no one who takes this living water will ever get thirsty that is need eternal life again. One drink of the living water Jesus offers quenches a persons thirst for everlasting life. Gods gift of eternal life is permanent and cannot be lost. Chapter 4 The Gospel of John 17 The Ripened Harvest 27 Just then His disciples came and they were amazed that He was talking with a woman. Yet no one said What do You want or Why are You talking with her 28 Then the woman left her water jar went into town and told the men 29 Come see a man who told me everything I ever did Could this be the Christ 30 They left the town and made their way toward Him. 31 Now in the meantime the disciples were urging Him Rabbi eat something. 32 But He said to them I have food to eat that you dont know about. 33 So the disciples said to one another Could someone have brought Him something to eat 34 My food Jesus told them is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work. 35 Dont you say There are still four more months then comes harvest Look I tell you raise your eyes and observe the fields they are white for harvest already 36 And the reaper receives pay and gathers fruit for eternal life so that both the sower and the reaper can be glad together. 37 For there is a true saying about this One sows and another reaps. 38 I sent you to reap what you didnt labor for. Others have labored and you have entered into their labor. The Savior of the World 39 Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him be- cause of what the woman reported when she testified He told me everything I ever did 40 Therefore when the Samaritans came to Him they asked Him to stay with them. So He stayed there two days. 41 Then many more believed because of what He said. 42 So they told the woman We no longer believe because of what you said since weve heard Him ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world the Christ 18 A Galilean Welcome 43 But after those two days He left there and went to Galilee. 44 For Jesus Himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 45 Therefore when they entered Galilee the Galileans welcomed Him because they had seen everything which He did in Jerusalem during the festival. For they too had gone to the festival. Healing an Officials Son 46 So Jesus went again to Cana of Galilee where He had turned the water into wine. Now there was a certain royal official whose son was ill at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son since he was about to die. 48 So Jesus told him Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders you will not believe. 49 Sir the official said to him come down before my boy dies 50 Go Jesus told him your son has recovered. So the man believed the statement Jesus made to him and started on his journey. 51 And while he was still going down his servants met him and announced Your boy has recovered 52 So he asked them at what time he got better. They told him Yesterday at seven oclock the fever left him. 53 Then the father realized that this was the very time at which Jesus had told him Your son has recovered. And he himself believed and so did his whole household. 54 Now this was a second miraculous sign Jesus performed after He came from Judea to Galilee. The Pool of Bethesda 5After these things there was a Jewish festival and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now by the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool called Bethesda in Hebrew which has five colonnades. 3 Around these lay a great number of invalidsblind people lame Chapter 5 The Gospel of John 19 people people with shriveled limbswaiting for the moving of the water 4 because an angel would go down into the pool from time to time and stir up the water. Then the first one who went in after the water was stirred up recovered from whatever ailment he had. 5 Now there was a certain man there who had been an invalid for 38 years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time He said to him Do you want to get well 7 Sir the man answered Him I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up but while Im coming someone else goes down before me. 8 Get up Jesus told him pick up your bedroll and walk 9 Immediately the man got well and picked up his bedroll and started to walk. 10 Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been healed Its the Sabbath Youre not permitted to pick up your bedroll. 11 He answered them The man who made me wellHe told me Pick up your bedroll and walk. 12 So they asked him Who is the man who told you Pick up your bedroll and walk 13 But the man who was cured did not know who it was for Jesus had slipped away since there was a crowd in that place. 14 After these things Jesus found him in the temple courts and said to him See you are well. Dont sin any more so that something worse doesnt happen to you. 15 The man went away and reported to the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. Honor the Father and the Son 16 Therefore the Jews began persecuting Jesus and trying to kill Him because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them My Father has been working until now and I have been work- ing. 18 So for this reason the Jews were trying all the harder to kill 20 Him because not only was He breaking the Sabbath but He was even calling God His own Father making Himself equal with God. 19 In reply therefore Jesus said to them Amen amen I tell you the Son is not able to do anything by Himself but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever He does these things the Son also does in the same way. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything which He is doing and He will show Him greater deeds than these so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life so also the Son gives life to whom He wishes. 22 The Father in fact does not judge anyone but He has given all judgment to the Son 23 so that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. Life and Judgment 24 Amen amen I tell you whoever hears My word and believes the One who sent Me has eternal life and will not come into judg- ment but has passed from death to life. 25 Amen amen I tell you a time is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For just as the Father has life in Himself so He has granted the Son also to have life in Himself. 27 He has granted Him the added authority to pass judgment because He is the Son of Man. 28 Dont be amazed at this because a time is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and will come out those who have done good things to the resurrection of life but those who have done wicked things to the resurrection of judgment. 30 I can do nothing by Myself. Just as I hear I judge and My judgment is just because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. John 524. Amen amen is Jesus way of saying to His hearers You can be sure of this Jesus promises eternal life and escape from judgment to all who will trust in Gods word about Him. And what has God said Verses 20 and 21 make it clear. God the Father sent Jesus the Son to give eternal life to all who believe. Chapter 5 The Gospel of John 21 Four Witnesses to Jesus 31 If I were to testify about Myself My testimony would not be valid. 32 There is Another who testifies about Me and I know that the testimony which He gives concerning Me is valid. 33 You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. 34 But I do not receive testimony from man. However I say these things so that you may be saved. 35 That man was a burning and shining lamp and for a time you were willing to be glad in his light. 36 But I have a greater testimony than Johns because the works which the Father gave Me to accomplishthese very works that I am doingtestify about Me that the Father has sent Me. 37 Also the Father who sent Me has Himself testified about Me. You have not heard His voice at any time nor have you seen His form. 38 Also you do not have His word abiding in you because you do not believe the One whom He sent. 39 You pore over the Scriptures because in them you think you have eternal life and yet it is they which testify about Me. 40 But you arent willing to come to Me to have life. 41 I do not accept praise from men. 42 But I know you that you do not have the love of God in you. 43 I have come in My Fathers Name yet you dont accept Me. If someone else comes in his own name you will accept him. 44 How can you believe since you accept praise from one another and dont seek the praise which comes from the only God 45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who does accuse youMoses on whom you have set your hope 46 For if you believed Moses you would believe Me because it was about Me that he wrote. 47 But if you dont believe his writings how will you believe My words Feeding of the Five Thousand 6After these things Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee Tiberias. 2 And a huge crowd was following Him because they saw His miraculous signs that He performed on the sick. 3 And Jesus went up on a mountain and sat down there with His disciples. 4 Now the Passover a Jewish festival was near. 5 Therefore when Jesus looked up and saw a huge crowd coming toward Him He said to Philip 22 Where shall we buy bread so that these people may eat 6 Now He said this to test him for He Himself knew what He was about to do. 7 Philip answered Him Two hundred denarii worth of bread wouldnt be enough for them so each one of them could have a little. 8 One of His disciples Andrew Peters brother said to Him 9 Theres a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two little fishbut what are they for so many 10 Nevertheless Jesus said Have the men sit down. Now there was plenty of grass in the place. So the men sat down about five thousand in number. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves and after giving thanks He distributed them to the disciples and the disciples distributed them to those who were seated. So too with the fish as much as they wanted. 12 Now when they were full He told His disciples Collect the leftovers so that nothing is wasted. 13 Therefore they collected them and filled twelve baskets with fragments of the five barley loaves that were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Therefore when the men saw the miraculous sign that Jesus had performed they said This man really is the Prophet who was to come into the world Walking on Water 15 Therefore when Jesus knew that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king He went away to the mountain by Himself. 16 Now when evening came His disciples went down to the sea 17 and when they got into the boat they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. Darkness had already set in yet Jesus had not come to them. 18 Then a high wind arose and the sea began to churn. 19 So when they had rowed about three or four miles they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat.And they were afraid. 20 But He said to them Chapter 6 The Gospel of John 23 It is I dont be afraid 21 Then they were willing to take Him on boardand at once the boat was at the shore where they were heading. The Bread of Life 22 The next day the crowd which had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there except the one in which His disciples had embarked. Also they saw that Jesus had not boarded the boat with His disciples but His disciples had gone off alone. 23 However other boats from Tiberias did come near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 And when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor His disciples were there they also got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea they said to Him Rabbi when did You get here 26 Jesus answered them Amen amen I tell you youre looking for Me not because you saw the miraculous signs but because you ate the bread and were satisfied. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes but for the food that endures to eternal life which the Son of Man will give you because God the Father has set His seal of approval on Him. 28 So they said to Him What shall we do so that we may perform the works of God 29 In reply Jesus told them This is the work of God that you believe in the One whom He has sent. 30 So they said to Him Then what miraculous sign are You going to do so we may see and believeYou What areYou going to perform 31 Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert just as it is written He gave them bread from Heaven to eat. 32 So Jesus said to them Amen amen I tell you it was not Moses who gave you the bread from Heaven but it is My Father who gives you the true bread from Heaven. 33 For the Bread of God is the One who came down from Heaven and gives life to the world. 24 34 Then they said to Him Sir give us this bread always 35 I am the Bread of Life Jesus told them. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry and whoever believes in Me will never ever be thirsty. 36 But as I told you youve seen Me and yet dont believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me and the one who comes to Me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from Heaven not to do My will but the will of the One who sent Me. 39 Now this is the will of the Father who sent Me that I shall lose none of all that He has given Me but shall raise him up on the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day. A Negative Reaction 41 Then the Jews started grumbling about Him because He said I am the Bread that came down from Heaven. 42 And they were saying Isnt this Jesus the son of Joseph whose father and mother we know So how can this man say I have come down from Heaven 43 Therefore Jesus answered them Stop grumbling among yourselves. 44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him and I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets And they will all be taught by God. Therefore everyone who listens to the Father and learns comes to Me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father except the One who is from GodHe has seen the Father. 47 Amen amen I tell you whoever believes in Me has eternal life. 48 I am the Bread of Life. 49 Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert and they died. 50 This is the Bread that came down from Heaven so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living Bread John 647. This is one of the clearest and simplest expressions of the Gospel the Good News about Jesus Christ in all of Scripture. Faith in Jesus brings eternal life to the believer. Notice that nothing is added to simple faith. There is no mention of baptism surrender church membership or good works. If we believe in Jesus we have eternal life. Chapter 6 The Gospel of John 25 which came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread he will live forever. And the Bread which I will give is My flesh which I will give for the life of the world. 52 Then the Jews disputed among themselves saying How can this man give us His flesh to eat 53 So Jesus told them Amen amen I tell you if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood you do not have life in yourselves. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day 55 because My flesh is true food and My blood is true drink. 56 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood dwells in Me and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent Me I also live because of the Father and whoever eats of Me he too will live because of Me. 58 This is the Bread which came down from Heavennot like the manna your forefathers ate and they are dead. Whoever eats this Bread will live forever. 59 He said these things while teaching in a synagogue in Caper- naum. Disciples Deserting 60 Therefore when many of His disciples heard this they said This teaching is hard Who can listen to it 61 But Jesus knowing in Himself that His disciples were grum- bling about this said to them Does this offend you 62 What then if you saw the Son of Man ascending to where He was before 63 The Spirit is the One who gives life. The flesh is of no profit at all. The words that I speak to you are spirit and are life. 64 But there are some among you who dont believe. For Jesus knew from the start who they were that didnt believe and who it was that would betray Him. 65 So He said This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted to him by My Father. 66 From that time many of His disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him. 67 Therefore Jesus said to the Twelve You dont want to go away too do you 26 68 Then Simon Peter said to Him Lord to whom shall we go You have the words of eternal life. 69 And we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ the Son of the Living God 70 Jesus answered them Didnt I choose you the Twelve Yet one of you is a devil 71 He was referring to Judas Iscariot the son of Simon for he was going to betray Him although he was one of the Twelve. Jesus Brothers Disbelieve 7After these things Jesus moved about in Galilee since He didnt want to travel in Judea because the Judeans were trying to kill Him. 2 Now the Jewish festival of Tabernacles was near. 3 So His brothers said to Him Leave here and go up to Judea so Your disciples can see the works which You are doing 4 because no one does something in secret while he is actually seeking public notice. If You do these things show Yourself to the world. 5 For not even His brothers believed in Him. 6 So Jesus told them My time hasnt arrived yet but your time is always at hand. 7 The world cant hate you but it does hate Me because I testify about itthat its deeds are evil. 8 Go up to this festival yourselves. Im not going up to this festival yet because My time has not yet fully come. 9 After He had said these things He stayed in Galilee. Jesus Teaches at the Festival of Tabernacles 10 Now when His brothers had gone up then He too went up to the festival not publicly but as it were in secret. 11 Therefore the Judeans were looking for Him at the festival and saying Where is He 12 And there was a lot of murmuring about Him among the crowds. Some were saying Hes a good man. Others were saying No on the contrary Hes deceiving the crowd. 13 Still nobody was talking publicly about Him because they feared the Judeans. 14 Now when the festival was already half over Jesus went up Chapter 7 The Gospel of John 27 into the temple courts and began to teach. 15 And the Judeans were astonished saying How does He know the Scriptures since He hasnt been trained 16 So in reply to them Jesus said My teaching isnt Mine but His who sent Me. 17 If anyone wants to do His will he will know about the teaching whether it is from God or if I am speaking on My own authority. 18 The person who speaks on his own authority is seeking his own glory. But He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him He is true and there is no unrighteousness in Him. 19 Didnt Moses give you the law And yet not one of you keeps the law Why are you trying to kill Me 20 The crowd replied Youve got a demon Whos trying to kill You 21 In response Jesus told them I did one work and you are all astonished. 22 This is why Moses has given you circumcision not that it comes from Moses but from the patriarchs and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses wont be broken are you angry at Me because I made an entire man healthy on the Sabbath 24 Stop judging by outward appearance but judge with right judgment. Could This Be the Christ 25 So some of the Jerusalemites were saying Isnt this the man theyre trying to kill 26 Yet look Hes speak- ing publicly and theyre saying nothing to Him. It couldnt be true could it that the authorities know that He actually is the Christ 27 But we know where this man is from. Yet whenever the Christ comes nobody knows where He is from. 28 Then as He was teaching in the temple courts Jesus cried out and said Yes you know Me and you know where I am from. Yet I have not come on My own authority but the One who sent Me whom you do not know is true. 29 I know Him because I am from Him and He sent Me. 28 30 Then they were trying to seize Him. Yet no one laid a hand on Him because His time had not yet come. 31 Many from the crowd however believed in Him and said When the Christ comes He wont perform more miraculous signs than those which this man has done will He 32 The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about Him so the Pharisees and the chief priests sent temple police to arrest Him. 33 Therefore Jesus said For a short time I am still with you. Then I am going to the One who sent Me. 34 You will look for Me and you will not find Me and where I am you cannot come. 35 So the Judeans said to one another Where does He intend to go that we wont find Him He doesnt intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks does He 36 What is this remark He made You will look for Me and you will not find Me and where I am you cannot come Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit 37 Now on the last and most important day of the festival Jesus stood up and cried out saying 38 If anyone is thirsty let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me as the Scripture has said from deep within him will flow streams of living water. 39 Now He said this about the Spirit whom those who believed in Him were going to receive for the Holy Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified. The People Divided over Jesus 40 So when many from the crowd heard this statement they said This really is the Prophet 41 Others said This is the Christ. Others said Surely the Christ doesnt come from Galilee does He 42 Doesnt the Scripture say that the Christ comes from Davids Chapter 7 The Gospel of John 29 line and from the town of Bethlehem where David lived 43 So there was division among the crowd because of Him. 44 Now some of them wanted to seize Him but no one laid hands on Him. The Leaders Reject Jesus Claim 45 Then the temple police came to the chief priests and Pharisees who said to them Why havent you brought Him 46 The police answered No man ever spoke like this man 47 Then the Pharisees answered them You arent fooled too are you 48 None of the rulers have be- lieved in Him have they Or any of the Pharisees 49 But this mob that doesnt know the law is accursed 50 Nicodemus the one who came to Him at night who was one of them said to them 51 Our law doesnt judge a man before it hears from him and knows what hes doing does it 52 Replying they said to him You arent from Galilee too are you Search and see no prophet has ever arisen from Galilee. 53 So each one went to his house. 8And Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. An Adulteress Forgiven 2 But at the break of dawn Jesus went to the temple courts again and all the people were coming to Him. And He sat down and began to teach them. 3 Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand in the center 4 and said to Him Teacher we found this woman in the very act of adultery. 5 Now in our law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do You say about her 6 They said this to test Him so that they might have an accusa- tion against Him. 30 But Jesus stooped down and started to write on the ground with His finger. 7 So when they persisted in asking Him He looked up and said to them Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her 8 Then He stooped down again and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard this they went out one by one start- ing with the older men down to the very last. Only Jesus was left with the woman in the center. 10 So when Jesus had straightened up He saw her and said Woman where are your accusers Has no one condemned you 11 No one Lord she said. Neither do I condemn you Jesus told her. Go and dont sin any more. 12 So Jesus spoke to them again saying I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life. Jesus SelfWitness 13 Then the Pharisees said to Him You are testifying about Yourself. Your testimony is not valid. 14 In reply Jesus told them Even if I testify about Myself my testimony is valid because I know where I came from and where I am going. But you dont know where I come from and where I am going. 15 You are judg- ing by human standards. I am not judging anyone. 16 And even if I do judge My judgment is valid because I am not alone but I and the Father who sent Me are together. 17 Even in your law it is written that the witness of two men is valid. 18 I am the One who testifies concerning Myself and the Father who sent Me testifies concerning Me. 19 Then they said to Him Where is Your Father You know neither Me nor My Father Jesus replied. If you knew Me you would also know My Father. 20 Jesus spoke these words in the treasury while teaching in the temple courts. Yet no one seized Him because His time had not yet come. Chapter 8 The Gospel of John 31 Jesus Predicts His Departure 21 Then Jesus said to them again I am going away and you will look for Me but you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come. 22 So the Jews said again He isnt going to kill Himself is He since He says Where I am going you cannot come 23 You are from below He told them. I am from above. You are of this world I am not of this world. 24 Therefore I told you that you would die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I am He you will die in your sins. 25 So they said to Him Who are You Precisely what Ive been telling you from the very beginning Jesus told them. 26 I have many things to say about you and to judge but the One who sent Me is true and what I have heard from Himthese things I tell the world. 27 They didnt know that He was speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said to them When you lift up the Son of Man then you will know that I am He and by Myself I do nothing. But just as My Father taught Me these things I speak. 29 And the One who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone because I always do the things that please Him. The Truth Will Make You Free 30 As He was saying these things many believed in Him. 31 So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed Him If you abide in My word you really are My disciples. 32 And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. 33 We are descendants of Abraham they answered Him and we have never been enslaved to anyone. How can You say You will be set free 34 Jesus answered them Amen amen I tell you whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 A slave does not remain in the household forever but a son does remain forever. 36 Therefore if the Son sets you free you really will 32 be free. 37 I know that you are descendants ofAbraham but you are trying to kill Me because My word finds no place in you. 38 I speak what I have seen in the presence of My Father and you in turn do what you have seen in company with your father. 39 In reply they said to Him Our father is Abraham If you were Abrahams children Jesus told them you would do Abrahams deeds. 40 But now you are trying to kill Me a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God.Abraham didnt do this 41 You are doing the deeds of your father. Then they said to Him We were not born of fornication we have one FatherGod. 42 So Jesus said to them If God were your Father you would love Me because I came forth from God and I am here. For I have not come by My own authority but He sent Me. 43 Why dont you understand what I say Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil and you want to do your fathers desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he tells a lie he speaks from his heart because he is a liar and the father of the same. 45 Yet because I tell the truth you dont believe Me. 46 Which of you convicts Me of sin But if I do tell the truth why dont you believe Me 47 Anyone who belongs to God listens to Gods words. Thats why you dont listen because you dont belong to God. Before Abraham Was I AM 48 So in reply the Jews said to Him Arent we right in saying You are a Samaritan and have a demon 49 I do not have a demon Jesus answered. On the contrary I honor My Father and you dishonor Me. 50 Yet I do not seek My glory there is One who is seeking it and He is the Judge. 51 Amen amen I tell you if anyone keeps My word he will never see death. 52 Then the Jews said to Him Chapter 8 The Gospel of John 33 Now we know You have a demonAbraham died and so did the prophets yet You say If anyone keeps My word he will never taste death 53 Surely You arent greater than our father Abraham who diedThe prophets also died.Who doYou makeYourself out to be 54 If I honor Myself Jesus answered My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me of whom you say He is our God. 55 Yet you have not known Him but I do know Him. And if I were to say I dont know Him I would be a liar like you. But I do know Him and I keep His word. 56 Your father Abraham was overjoyed to see My day and he saw it and was glad. 57 Then the Jews said to Him You arent fifty years old yet and have You seen Abraham 58 Jesus said to them Amen amen I tell you before Abraham was I AM 59 Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him. But Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple courts going through the midst of them and so passed by. Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind 9Now as He was passing by He saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 And His disciples questioned Him saying Rabbi who sinned this man or his parents that he was born blind 3 Neither this man sinned nor his parents Jesus replied. But this came about so that Gods works might be displayed in him. 4 I must do the works of the One who sent Me while it is day. Night is coming when nobody can work. 5 As long as I am in the world I am the Light of the world. 6 After He said these things He spat on the ground made clay from the saliva and spread the clay on the blind mans eyes. 7 Go He told him wash in the pool of Siloam which means Sent. So he went and washed and came back seeing. 8 Then the neighbors and those who had seen him formerly that he was blind said Isnt this the man who sat begging 9 Others were saying Hes the one. 34 But still others were saying He looks like him. He kept saying Im the one 10 Therefore they said to him How did it happen that your eyes were opened 11 He answered and said A man named Jesus made clay spread it on my eyes and told me Go to the pool of Siloam and wash. So when I went and washed I received my sight 12 Then they said to him Where is He I dont know he replied. The Pharisees Excommunicate the Healed Man 13 They brought the man who was formerly blind to the Phari- sees. 14 Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made clay and opened his eyes. 15 So once again the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. He put clay on my eyes he told them I washed and I see. 16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said This man is not from God because He doesnt keep the Sabbath. Others were saying How can a sinful man perform such miraculous signs And there was a division among them. 17 They said to the man again What do you say about Him since He has opened your eyes So he said Hes a prophet. 18 But the Jews did not believe concerning himthat he was blind and received sightuntil they summoned the parents of the one who had received his sight. 19 Then they asked them Is this your son whom you say was born blind So how is it that he can now see Chapter 9 The Gospel of John 35 20 And his parents answered them We know this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But how it is that he can now see we dont know and who opened his eyes we dont know. He is of age ask him. 22 His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jews for the leaders had already decided that if anyone confessed Him to be the Christ he would be barred from the synagogue. 23 For this reason his parents said He is of age ask him. 24 So a second time they summoned the man who had been blind and told him Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner 25 So he answered Whether or not Hes a sinner I dont know. One thing I do know though I was blind now I see 26 Then they asked him again What did He do to you How did He open your eyes 27 I already told you he answered them and you didnt listen. Why do you want to hear it again You dont want to become His disciples too do you 28 They reviled him saying You are that fellows disciple but we are Moses disciples. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses. But this fellowwe dont know where Hes from 30 This is a remarkable thing the man answered them. You dont know where He is from and yet He opened my eyes 31 And we know that God doesnt listen to sinners but if anyone is Godfearing and does His will He listens to him. 32 Since time began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind 33 If this man were not from God He wouldnt be able to do anything. 34 In reply they told him You were totally born in sinand are you trying to teach us So they threw him out. The Blind Mans Sight and the Pharisees Blindness 35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out. And when He found him He asked him 36 Do you believe in the Son of God 36 Replying he said And who is He Sir that I may believe in Him 37 Then Jesus said to him You have both seen Him and He is the One who is speaking with you. 38 So he said Lord I believe And he worshiped Him. 39 I came into this world for judgment Jesus said so that those who do not see may see and that those who do see may become blind. 40 And some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and asked Him We arent blind too are we 41 If you were blind Jesus told them you wouldnt have sin. But now you say We see Therefore your sin remains. The Ideal Shepherd 1Amen amen I tell you anyone who doesnt enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs up some other way he is a thief and a robber. 2 But the one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens and the sheep hear his voice he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he has brought his own sheep outside he goes ahead of them and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will not follow a stranger on the contrary they will run away from him because they dont know the voice of strangers. 6 Jesus gave them this illustration but they didnt understand what He was telling them. The Good Shepherd 7 So Jesus said to them again Amen amen I tell you I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers but the sheep didnt listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have 10 Chapter 10 The Gospel of John 37 life and that they may have it in abundance. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 But the hired man who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep seeing a wolf coming leaves the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them. 13 And the hired man flees because he is a hired man and doesnt care about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd and I know My own sheep and I am known by My own. 15 Just as the Father knows Me I also know the Father and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep too which do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves Me because I am laying down My life in order to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from Me but I lay it down of My own accord. I have the authority to lay it down and I have the authority to take it up again. This command I have received from My Father. 19 Therefore a division took place among the Jews because of these words. 20 And many of them were saying He has a demon and Hes crazy Why do you listen to Him 21 But others were saying These arent the words of someone who has a demon.Ademon cant open blind peoples eyes can he Jesus at the Festival of Hannukah 22 Now it was the festival of Dedication in Jerusalem and it was winter. 23 Jesus was walking in the temple courts in Solomons Colonnade. 24 So the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him How long are you going to keep us in suspense If You are the Christ tell us plainly. 25 I did tell you and you dont believe Jesus answered them. The works that I do in My Fathers namethese testify about Me. 26 But you dont believe since you dont belong to My sheep just as I told you. 27 My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life and they will never ever perish and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all and no one is able to 38 snatch them out of My Fathers hand. 30 I and the Father are one. Renewed Efforts to Stone Jesus 31 Therefore the Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. 32 I have shown you many good works from My Father Jesus answered them. For which one of these works are you stoning Me 33 The Jews answered Him saying We are not stoningYou for a good work but for blasphemy and because You being a man make Yourself God. 34 Jesus answered them Isnt it written in your law I said you are gods 35 If He called them godsto whom the Word of God cameand Scripture cannot be broken 36 do you say You are blaspheming to the One the Father set apart and sent into the world because I said I am the Son of God 37 If I am not doing My Fathers works dont believe Me. 38 But if I am doing them even if you dont believe Me believe the works so that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me and I in Him. 39 Therefore they were trying again to seize Him but He eluded their grasp. Many Beyond the Jordan River Believe in Jesus 40 So He went back across the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first and He remained there. 41 Then many came to Him and said John didnt perform a single miraculous sign but everything John said about this man was true. 42 And many believed in Him there. Lazarus Dies at Bethany 1Now a certain man Lazarus of Bethany the village of Mary and her sister Martha was sick. 2 This was the Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 So the sisters sent word to Him saying Chapter 11 11 The Gospel of John 39 Lord the one You love is sick. 4 When Jesus heard it He said This sickness will not end in death but is for the glory of God so that the Son of God may be glorified through it. 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when He heard that he was sick He stayed two more days in the place where He was. 7 Then after this He said to the disciples Lets go to Judea again. 8 Rabbi the disciples told Him the Judeans were just now trying to stone You and are You going there again 9 Jesus answered Arent there 12 hours in a day If anyone walks during the day he doesnt stumble because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if anyone walks during the night he does stumble because the light is not in him. 11 He said these things and after that He told them Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep but I am on My way to wake him up. 12 Then His disciples said Lord if he has fallen asleep he will get well. 13 Jesus however had been speaking of his death but they thought He was speaking about natural sleep. 14 So Jesus then told them plainly Lazarus has died 15 and Im glad for your sakes that I wasnt there so that you may believe. But lets go to him. 16 Then Thomas called Twin said to his fellow disciples Let us go too so that we may die with Him. The Resurrection and the Life 17 So when Jesus came He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem about two miles away. 19 And many of the Jews had come to the women around Martha and Mary in order to comfort them about their brother. 20 So as soon as Martha heard that Jesus was coming she went to meet Him but Mary remained sitting in the house. 21 Then Martha said to Jesus Lord if You had been here my brother wouldnt have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give You whatever You ask God for. 40 John 1125-27. This is one of the most comforting passages in the Bible. It is often read at funerals because it is Jesus guarantee that eternal life belongs to everyone who believes in Him. He presents Himself as the long-awaited Christ mans Savior verse 27 who came into the world bringing resurrection and eternal life to those who believe in Him. He then elaborates. This means Jesus tells Martha that even if a believer dies he or she will be resurrected and live forever. Jesus says to Martha Do you believe this Dear reader do you believe this If you do Jesus guarantees that you have eternal life and even if you should die you will be resurrected from the dead to live with Him forever. Chapter 11 23 Your brother will rise again Jesus told her. 24 Martha said to Him I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25 Jesus said to her I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me even if he dies will live. 26 And everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this 27 Yes Lord she told Him I believe that You are the Christ the Son of God who was to come into the world. Jesus Shares the Sorrow of Death 28 And when she had said these things she went back and called her sister Mary privately saying The Teacher is here and is calling for you 29 As soon as she heard this she got up quickly and went to Him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village but was in the place where Martha had met Him. 31 So when the Jews who were with her in the house consoling her saw that Mary got up quickly and went out they followed her saying Shes going to the tomb to weep there. 32 So when Mary came where Jesus was and saw Him she fell down at His feet and told Him Lord if You had been here my brother wouldnt have died 33 So when Jesus saw her crying and the Jews who had come with her crying He groaned in His spirit and was deeply moved. 34 And He said Where have you put him The Gospel of John 41 Lord they told Him come and see. 35 Jesus shed tears. 36 So the Jews said See how He loved him 37 But some of them said Couldnt He who opened the blind mans eyes have also kept this man from dying Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead 38 Then Jesus groaning in Himself again came to the tomb. Now it was a cave and a stone was lying against it. 39 Take away the stone Jesus said. Martha the dead mans sister told Him Lord by now there is a stench because hes been in the tomb four days. 40 Jesus said to her Didnt I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God 41 So they took away the stone from where the dead man was lying. Then Jesus raised His eyes and said Father I thank You that You heard Me. 42 Yet I know that You always hear Me but for the sake of the crowd standing around I said this so that they may believe that You sent Me. 43 And after saying these things He shouted with a loud voice Lazarus come out 44 So the dead man came out bound hand and foot with linen strips and his face wrapped with a handkerchief. Jesus said to them Loose him and let him go. The Plot to Kill Jesus 45 Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw the things Jesus did believed in Him. 46 But some of them went off to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said What are we going to do For this man performs many miracu- lous signs. 48 If we let Him alone like this everybody will believe in Him Then the Romans will come and blot out both our Place and our Nation. 42 Chapter 12 49 But one of them Caiaphas who was high priest that year said to them You know nothing at all 50 Nor are you considering that it is to our advantage that one man should die for the people and not that the whole nation should perish. 51 Now he did not say this of his own accord but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation 52 and not only for the nation but also in order to unite the scattered children of God. 53 So from that day on they plotted to kill Him. 54 Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Judeans but went from there to the region near the desert to a town called Ephraim. And He spent time there with His disciples. 55 Now the Jewish Passover was near and before the Passover many went up to Jerusalem from the country to purify themselves. 56 Then they were looking for Jesus and asking one another as they stood in the temple courts What do you thinkthat He wont come to the festival at all 57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given an order that if anyone knew where He was he should report it so they could arrest Him. The Anointing at Bethany 1Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany. Lazarus who had diedthe one He had raised from the deadwas there. 2 So they gave a dinner for Him there and Martha waited on them. Now Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. 3 Then Mary took a pound of pure and expensive oil of nard anointed Jesus feet and wiped His feet with her hair. So the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 4 Then one of His disciples Judas Iscariot Simons son who was about to betray Him said 5 Why wasnt this fragrant oil sold for 300 denarii and given to the poor 6 However he didnt say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief was in charge of the moneybox and used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 Then Jesus said 12 The Gospel of John 43 Leave her alone. She has kept this for the day of My burial. 8 For you always have the poor with you but you do not always have Me. The Plot to Kill Lazarus 9 Then a large crowd of the Jews learned that He was there. They came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus whom He had raised from the dead. 10 However the chief priests decided to kill Lazarus too 11 because he was the reason many of the Jews were falling away and believing in Jesus. The Triumphal Entry 12 The next day a large crowd that had come to the festival when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem 13 took palm branches and went out to meet Him. And they shouted Hosanna Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord The King of Israel 14 Now Jesus found a young donkey and mounted it just as it is written 15 Fear no more Daughter of Zion See your King is coming Sitting on a donkeys colt 16 Yet His disciples did not understand these things at first. However when Jesus was glorified then they remembered that these things had been written about Him and that they had done these things to Him. 17 So the crowd that had been with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to testify. 18 That is also why the crowd met Him because they heard that He had performed this miraculous sign. 19 Then the Pharisees said to one another You see that youre accomplishing absolutely nothing Look the world has gone after Him Greeks Seeking Jesus 20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 So these men came to Philip who was from Bethsaida in Galilee and made this request of him 44 Chapter 12 Sir we want to see Jesus. 22 Philip went and told Andrew and then Andrew and Philip told Jesus. 23 But Jesus answered them The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Amen amen I tell you unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies it remains by itself. But if it dies it produces a large crop. 25 Whoever loves his life will lose it and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me let him follow Me. And where I am there My servant will be also. And if anyone serves Me the Father will honor him. Jesus Predicts His Crucifixion 27 Now My soul is distressed and what shall I sayFather save Me from this hour But for this reason I came to this hour. 28 Father glorify Your Name Then a voice came from heaven I have both glorified it and I will glorify it again 29 So the crowd which stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said An angel has spoken to Him 30 Jesus responded It was not because of Me that this voice came but for your sakes. 31 Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And as for Me if I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all peoples to Myself. 33 Now He said this to indicate what kind of death He was about to die. 34 The crowd answered Him We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. So how can You say The Son of Man must be lifted up Who is this Son of Man 35 Then Jesus said to them The light will be with you a little while longer. Walk while you have the light so that the darkness doesnt overtake you. The one who walks in darkness doesnt know where he is going. 36 While you have the light believe in the light so that you may become sons of light. The Gospel of John 45 Isaiahs Prophecy Fulfilled Jesus spoke these things and went away and hid from them. 37 But though He had performed so many miraculous signs in their presence they did not believe in Him. 38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which He spoke Lord who has believed our report And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed 39 The reason they were unable to believe is because Isaiah said again 40 He has blinded their eyes And hardened their hearts So that they would not see with their eyes Nor understand with their hearts And be converted And I would heal them. 41 Isaiah said these things when he saw His glory and spoke about Him. 42 Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him so they wouldnt be barred from the synagogue. 43 For they loved praise from men more than praise from God. Darkness and Light 44 But Jesus cried out and said Whoever believes in Me believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. 45 And whoever sees Me sees Him who sent Me. 46 I have come as a light into the world so that no one who believes in Me would remain in darkness. 47 And if someone hears My words and doesnt believe I dont judge him because I didnt come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 Whoever rejects Me and doesnt accept My sayings has his judge the word which I have spoken will judge him on the Last Day. 49 For I have not spoken on My own authority but the Father who sent Me He gave Me a command what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that His command is eternal life. So the things which I speak just as the Father has told Me so I speak. 46 Chapter 13 Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet 1Now before the Passover festival since Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart from this world to the Father having loved His own who were in the world He loved them to the end. 2 And when supper was served the devil already having put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot Simons son to betray Him 3 since Jesus knew that the Father had given everything into His hands and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God 4 He got up from supper and laid aside His robe. Then He took a towel and tied it around Himself. 5 Next He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples feet and to dry them with the towel which was tied around Him. 6 So He came to Simon Peter who said to Him Lord do You wash my feet 7 In reply Jesus said to him What Im doing you dont understand now but afterward you will. 8 You shall never wash my feet Peter told Him not ever Jesus answered him If I dont wash you you have no part with Me. 9 Simon Peter said to Him Lord not only my feet but also my hands and my head 10 Jesus told him One who is bathed has no need except to wash his feet but he is wholly clean.And you are clean but not all of you. 11 For He knew who would betray Him. Therefore He said You are not all clean. The Meaning of Footwashing 12 So when Jesus had washed their feet and put His robe back on He reclined again and said to them Do you know what I have done to you 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord and you speak rightly since I am. 14 So if I your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet you also ought to wash one anothers feet. 15 In fact I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done to you. 13 The Gospel of John 47 16 Amen amen I tell you a slave is not greater than his master nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things you are blest if you do them 18 Im not talking about all of you. I know those Ive chosen. But let the Scripture be fulfilled The one who eats bread with Me Has kicked his heel at Me. 19 Im telling you now before it happens so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He. 20 Amen amen I tell you whoever receives anyone I send re- ceives Me and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. Judass Betrayal Predicted 21 When Jesus had said these things He was distressed in spirit and testified saying Amen amen I tell you one of you will betray Me 22 Then the disciples looked at one another at a loss as to whom He was talking about. 23 Now one of His disciples whom Jesus loved was leaning back against the front of Jesusrobe. 24 So Simon Peter motioned to him to find out who it was He was talking about. 25 And he leaned back against Jesus heart and said to Him Lord who is it 26 Jesus answered It is the one I hand the bit of bread to after Ive dipped it. And when He had dipped the bread He gave it to Judas Iscariot Simons son. 27 So after the bread Satan entered into him. Therefore Jesus told him What youre doing do quickly 28 But none of those reclining at the table knew why He told him this. 29 Since Judas had the moneybox some in fact thought that Jesus was telling him Buy what we need for the festival or that he should give something to the poor. 30 So when he had received the bread he went out immediately. And it was night. 48 John 1331-1726. This large section of Johns Gospel is often referred to as the Upper Room Discourse. Here the Lord gave final instructions to His eleven faithful disciples offered them the closest relationship possible with Himself and prayed for them and all believers of all time who would follow Him. Friendship with the Son of God is an important secondary theme of this book. Although eternal life is presented as a gift freely given to every believer John 316 a close personal relationship is offered only to those who abide in His love by obeying His commands. If you have received eternal life by believing in Christ John 524 and you desire this friendship that Jesus offers read these four chapters carefully. You can know the joy and fruitfulness that close friendship with your Savior brings when you respond to His invitation to live in His love by doing what He says. Chapter 13 The New Commandment 31 After he went out Jesus said Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in Him. 32 If God is glorified in Him God will also glorify Him in Himself and will glorify Him at once. 33 Little children I am with you a little while longer. You will look for Me and just as I told the Judeans Where I am going you cannot come so now I tell you. 34 I give you a new commandment that you love one another just as I have loved you that you also love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another. Peters Denial Predicted 36 Lord Simon Peter said to Him where are You going Jesus answered him Where I am going you cannot follow Me now but you will follow Me later. 37 Lord Peter asked Him why cant I follow You now I will lay down my life for You 38 Jesus answered him Will you lay down your life for Me Amen amen I tell you the rooster will not crow till you have denied Me three times The Gospel of John 49 Jesus Is the Way the Truth and the Life 1Do not let your heart be distressed. Believe in God be- lieve also in Me. 2 In My Fathers house are many homes otherwise I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go away and prepare a place for you I will come back and receive you to Myself so that where I am you may be also. 4 And where I am going you know and you know the way. 5 Lord Thomas said to Him we dont know where Youre going and how can we know the way 6 Jesus told him I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Jesus Reveals the Father 7 If you had known Me you would have known My Father too. And from now on you do know Him and have seen Him. 8 Lord Philip said to Him show us the Father and thats enough for us. 9 Jesus answered him Have I been with you all this time and you havent known Me Philip The one who has seen Me has seen the Father. So how can you say Show us the Father 10 Dont you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me The words I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority. But it is the Father who dwells in Me who does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me. Otherwise believe Me because of the works themselves. In Jesus Name 12 Amen amen I tell you the one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do and will do greater works than these because I am going to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My Name I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 50 John 1415. The primary motivation for the obedience which draws believ ers into a close friendship with their Savior is love. Those who become Christs friends are those believers who do what He says because they love Him. Dear reader when you obey Jesus you demonstrate your love for Him. Jesus has a special affection for obedient believers. And since there are no secrets between friends Christ promises that He will not withhold any truth from them verse 21. Chapter 14 14 If you ask anything in My Name I will do it. 15 If you love Me keep My commandments. Another Advocate Promised 16 Also I will ask the Father and He will give you another Advocate so that He may stay with you forever. 17 He is the Spirit of truth whom the world is unable to receive because it doesnt see Him or know Him. You do know Him however because He stays with you and will be in you. 18 I wont leave you as orphans I am coming to you. The Father the Son and the Holy Spirit 19 In a little while the world will see Me no longer.You however will see Me. Because I live you will live too. 20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father you are in Me and I in you. 21 The one who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father. I will love him too and reveal Myself to him. 22 Judas not Iscariot said to him Lord so how is it Youre going to reveal Yourself to us and not to the world 23 In reply Jesus said to him If anyone loves Me he will keep My word. My Father will love him too and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 The one who doesnt love Me doesnt keep My words. Yet the word which you heard is not Mine but the Fathers who sent Me. 25 These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Advocate the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My Name is the One who will teach you all things and remind you of all the things I have told you. The Gospel of John 51 Jesus Gift of Peace 27 Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I dont give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be distressed or intimidated. 28 You have heard that I told you I am going away and I am coming to you. If you loved Me you would have been glad that I said I am going to the Fatherbecause My Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it happens so that when it does happen you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you because the ruler of this world is coming and he has nothing in Me 31 On the contrary so that the world may know that I love the Father and just as the Father commanded Me so I do. Get up lets leave this place. The Fruitful Life in Christ 1I am the true vine and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me which does not produce fruit He props up and every one producing fruit He prunes so that it will produce more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine you are the branches. The one who abides in Me and I in him is the one who produces much fruit since you can do nothing apart from Me. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me he is thrown aside like a branch and withers. Then they gather such branches throw them into the fire and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me and My words abide in you you will ask whatever you wish and it shall be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this that you produce much fruit. So you will be My disciples. Christlike Love 9 Just as the Father has loved Me I also have loved you. Abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments you will abide in My love just as I have kept My Fathers commandments and abide in His love. 15 52 John 1514-17. This is the clearest and simplest expression of both the terms for friendship and the definition of this special relationship with Jesus Christ. The terms for becoming Jesus friend are very clear. Faith in Jesus brings eternal life John 647 but only those believers who obey His commands will experience a close personal relationship with the Son of God 1514. The definition of friendship with the Son of God is A relationship in which the Lord fully discloses His thoughts 1515-17. This means He helps us to understand His Word the Bible. Chapter 15 11 I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may abide in you and your joy may be complete. 12 This is My commandment that you love one another just as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this that someone would lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 I dont call you servants any more because a servant doesnt know what his master is doing. But I have called you friends because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father. 16 You did not choose Me but I chose you and appointed you that you should go out and produce much fruit and that your fruit should endure so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name He will give you. 17 These things I command you that you love one another. Persecutions Predicted 18 If the world hates you be sure that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world but I have chosen you out of the world the world hates you. 20 Keep in mind the statement that I made to you Aservant is not greater than his master.If they persecuted Me they will also persecute you. If they kept My word they will also keep yours. 21 On the contrary they will do all these things to you for My Names sake because they dont know the One who sent Me. 22 If I hadnt come and spoken to them they would have no sin. But now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 The one who hates Me hates My Father too. 24 If I hadnt done the works among them which no one else has done they would have no sin. But now they have seen and hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this is so The Gospel of John 53 that the statement written in their law might be fulfilled They hated me for no reason. Coming Testimony and Rejection 26 However when theAdvocate comes whom I will send to you from the Father the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father He will testify concerning Me. 27 And you also will testify because you have been with Me from the beginning. 1I have spoken these things to you to keep you from stum- bling 2 They will bar you from the synagogues. In fact a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offer- ing service to God 3 And they will do these things because they havent known the Father or Me. 4 But I have told you these things so that when the time comes you may remember that I told them to you. Yet I didnt tell you these things from the beginning because I was with you. The Advocates Ministry 5 However now I am going away to Him who sent Me but not one of you asks Me Where are you going 6 Yet because I have spoken these things to you sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I am telling you the truth. It is beneficial for you that I do go away because if I dont go away the Advocate will not come to you. But if I do go I will send Him to you. 8 And when He comes He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment 9 concerning sin because they dont believe in Me 10 concerning righteousness because I am going away to My Father and you will no longer see Me 11 and concerning judgment because the ruler of this world has been judged. 12 I still have many things to tell you but you cant bear them now. 13 But when He the Spirit of truth comes He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak on His own authority but He will speak whatever He hears. He will also declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify Me because He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is why I told you that He takes from what is Mine and will communicate it to you. 16 54 Chapter 16 Sorrow Turned to Joy 16 Alittle while and you will not see Me and again a little while and you will see Me because I am going to the Father. 17 Then some of His disciples said to one another What is this that He tells us A little while and you will not see Me and again a little while and you will see Me and because I am going to the Father 18 So they said What is this that He says A little while We dont know what Hes talking about 19 Therefore Jesus knew they wanted to question Him and said to them Are you discussing among yourselves what I said A little while and you will not see Me and again a little while and you will see Me 20 Amen amen I tell you you will weep and wail but the world will be glad you will become sorrowful but your sorrow will turn to joy. 21 When a woman is in labor she has pain because her time has come. But when she has given birth to the baby she no longer remembers the anguish for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 Therefore you also have sorrow now. But I will see you again then your heart will be joyful and no one will rob you of your joy. 23 In that day you will ask Me nothing. Amen amen I tell you whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked for nothing in My name.Ask and you will receive that your joy may be complete. Christ the Victor 25 These things I have spoken to you in figurative language. But a time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language but I will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will pray in My Name. Yet Im not telling you that I will make request to the Father on your behalf. 27 For the Father Himself loves you because you have loved Me and you have believed that I came forth from God. 28 I did come forth from the Father and I have come into the world.Again I am leaving the world and going to the Father. 29 Ah His disciples told Him now Youre speaking plainly and using no figurative language 30 Now we know that You know The Gospel of John 55 everything and dont need anyone to question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God. 31 Jesus answered them Do you now believe 32 Listen The time is coming and has now come when you will be scattered each to his own home and you will leave Me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with Me. 33 I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation. But take heart I have conquered the world. Jesus Prays for Himself 1Jesus spoke these things raised His eyes to Heaven and said Father the hour has come Glorify Your Son so that Your Son also may glorify You 2 just as You gave Him authority over all humanity so that He will give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life that they may know You the only true God and the One whom You have sentJesus Christ. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have completed the work You have given Me to do. 5 And now Father glorify Me at Your side with the glory which I had at Your side before the world existed. John 1633. One of the major themes of this section on friendship with the Lord see note at 1331 is the warning that Jesus friends will make enemies of the world 15181615. Persecution is the likely result of a close personal relationship with the Son of God. But friends of Jesus should not be discour aged by this news. A corresponding and more pronounced theme is Jesus promise of peace in the midst of suffering 1616-33. Peace comes to the friend of Christ who trusts in Jesus assuring words that in spite of opposition I have conquered the world. 17 56 Chapter 17 Jesus Prays For His Disciples 6 I have revealed Your Name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world they were Yours you have given them to Me and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they have come to know that all things You have given to Me are from You. 8 For the words which You have given to Me I have given to them and they have received them and known for sure that I came forth from You. And they have believed that You sent Me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom You have given Me because they are Yours. 10 And all My things are Yours and Yours are Mine and I have been glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world but these are in the world and I am coming to You. Holy Father protect them through Your Name which You have given to Me so that they may be one just as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world I protected them through Your Name. Those whom You have given Me I guarded and not one of them is lost except the son of perdition that the Scripture may be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to You and I speak these things in the world so that they may have My joy fulfilled in them. 14 I have given them Your word and the world hated them because they are not of the world just as I am not of the world. 15 I am not praying that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the Evil One. The Gospel of John 57 16 They are not of the world just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth Your word is truth. 18 Just as You sent Me into the world I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself so that they also may be sanctified by the truth. Jesus Prays For All Believers 20 I pray not only for these but also for those who believe in Me through their message 21 that they all may be one just asYou Father are in Me and I in You that in Us they also may be one so that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You have given to Me I have given to them that they may be one just as We are one 23 I in them and You in Me so that they may be made perfect in one and that the world may know that You sent Me and have loved them just as You have loved Me. 24 Father I desire that they also whom You have given Me may be with Me where I am so that they may see My glory which You have given Me because You loved Me before the founding of the world. 25 Righteous Father The world has not known You but I have known You and these have known that You sent Me. John 1720. This is one of the most encouraging verses in the Bible. Jesus closes His time of teaching His friends see note at 1331 with a great prayer which reaches beyond the eleven to those who will believe in Him through their message. This prayer is for all believers of all timeincluding you. If you have believed in Him Jesus prayer is that His Father would lead you into a deeper knowledge of His love verse 26. 58 Chapter 18 26 And I made Your Name known to them and will make it known so that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them and I in them. Jesus Betrayed and Arrested 1When Jesus had said these things He went out with His disciples across the Kedron ravine where there was a garden which He and His disciples entered. 2 Now Judas His betrayer also knew the place because Jesus often met there with His disciples. 3 So Judas took a detachment of soldiers and some temple police from the chief priests and Pharisees and came there with lanterns torches and weapons. 4 Then Jesus knowing everything that was going to happen to Him went out and said to them Who is it youre looking for 5 Jesus the Nazarene they answered Him. I am He Jesus told them. And Judas His betrayer was also standing with them. 6 So when He told them I am He they shrank back and fell to the ground. 7 Then He asked them again Who is it youre looking for Jesus the Nazarene they said. 8 I told you that I am He Jesus replied. So if youre looking for Me let these men go. 9 This was to fulfill the statement which He had made Of those You have given Me I have not lost one. 10 Then Simon Peter who had a sword drew it struck the high priests servant and cut off his right ear. The servants name was Malchus. 11 So Jesus said to Peter Sheathe your sword Shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given Me Jesus Appears Before Annas 12 Then the detachment of soldiers the captain and the Jewish temple police arrested Jesus and tied Him up. 13 They first led Him away to Annas for he was the fatherinlaw of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. 14 Now it was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it was advantageous that one man should die for the people. 18 The Gospel of John 59 Peter Denies His Lord 15 Meanwhile Simon Peter was following Jesus as was the other disciple. Now that disciple was an acquaintance of the high priest so he went into the high priests courtyard with Jesus. 16 But Peter was standing outside by the door. So the other disciple who was an acquaintance of the high priest went out and spoke to the girl who kept the door and brought Peter in. 17 Then the servantgirl who kept the door said to Peter You arent one of this mans disciples too are you I am not he said. 18 Now the servants and the temple police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold and they were standing there warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself. Jesus Answers the High Priest 19 Then the high priest questioned Jesus about His disciples and about His teaching. 20 Jesus answered him I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in syna- gogues and in the temple courts where the Jews always congregate and I have spoken nothing in secret. 21 Why do you question Me Question those who heard what I told them. Look they know what I said 22 And when He had said these things one of the temple police standing by slapped Jesus face saying 23 Is that any way to answer the high priest If I have spoken wrongly Jesus answered him give evidence about the wrong but if rightly why do you hit Me 24 Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. Peter Denies His Lord Twice More 25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him You arent one of His disciples too are you Then he denied it and said I am not 26 One of the high priests servants a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off said Didnt I see you with Him in the garden 27 Then Peter denied it again and at once a rooster crowed. 60 Chapter 18 Jesus Trial Before Pilate 28 So they took Jesus from Caiaphas to the governors head- quarters and it was early morning. But they did not enter the headquarters themselves in order that they might not be defiled but might eat the Passover. 29 Then Pilate came out to them and said What charge do you bring against this man 30 In reply they said to him If this man were not a criminal we would not have handed Him over to you. 31 So Pilate told them You take Him yourselves and judge Him according to your law. Therefore the Jews said to him Its not lawful for us to put anyone to death. 32 This was to fulfill the statement of Jesus which He made to indicate what sort of death He was going to die. 33 Then Pilate went back into the headquarters called Jesus and said to Him Are You the King of the Jews 34 Jesus answered him Are you saying this on your own or have others told you about Me 35 Pilate replied Im not a Jew am I Your own nation and the chief priests handed You over to me. What have You done 36 My kingdom is not of this world Jesus answered. If My kingdom were of this world My servants would fight so that I wouldnt be handed over to the Jews. But in fact My kingdom does not have its source here. 37 So Pilate said to Him You are a king then You say that I am a king Jesus replied. For this I was born and for this I have come into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice. 38 Pilate said to Him What is truth The Gospel of John 61 Jesus or Barrabas And when he had said this he went out to the Jews again and told them I find absolutely no grounds for charging Him. 39 But you have a custom that I release one man to you at the Passover. So do you want me to release the King of the Jews for you Then they all shouted back Not this fellow but Barabbas Now Barabbas was a bandit. Jesus Flogged and Mocked 1So then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged. 2 Also the soldiers twisted a crown out of thorns and put it on His head. And they threw a purple robe around Him 3 and kept saying Hail King of the Jews And they kept slapping His face. 4 Pilate then went out again and said to them Look Im bringing Him out to you so that you may know that I find absolutely no grounds for charging Him. Pilate Persuaded to Crucify Jesus 5 Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them Look The man 6 So when the chief priests and the temple police saw Him they shouted Crucify Crucify Him Pilate told them Take Him and crucify Him yourselves because I find no grounds for charging Him. 7 We have a law the Jews answered him and according to our law He must die because He made Himself the Son of God. 8 So when Pilate heard this statement he was more afraid than ever. 9 Then he went back into the headquarters again and said to Jesus Where are You from But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate said to Him Arent You speaking to me Dont You know that I have authority to crucify You and authority to release You 11 You would have no authority over Me at all Jesus replied if it hadnt been given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed Me over to you has the greater sin. 12 From that moment 40 19 62 Chapter 19 Pilate kept trying to release Him. But the Jews shouted If you release this fellow you arent Caesars friend. Everyone who sets himself up as king opposes Caesar 13 So when Pilate heard this statement he brought Jesus outside. And he sat down on the judges bench in a place called The Stone Pavement but in Hebrew Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover and it was about six a.m. Then he said to the Jews Look Your king 15 But they shouted Take Him away Take Him away Crucify Him Pilate said to them Shall I crucify your king We have no king but Caesar the chief priests answered. 16 So then he handed Him over to them to be crucified. The Crucifixion They took Jesus and led Him away. 17 And carrying His cross He went out to an area called Skull Place which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified Him and two others with Him one on either side with Jesus in the middle. 19 Pilate also had a sign lettered and put on the cross. And the inscription was Jesus the Nazarene the King of the Jews. 20 Therefore many of the Jews read this sign because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city and it was written in Hebrew Greek and Latin. 21 Then the Jewish chief priests said to Pilate Dont write The King of the Jews but This fellow said I am the King of the Jews. 22 Pilate replied What I have written I have written 23 So when the soldiers had crucified Jesus they took His clothes and divided them into four parts a part for each soldier. They also took the tunic but the tunic was seamless woven in one piece from the top. 24 So they said to one another Lets not tear it but toss for it to see who gets it. This was to fulfill the Scripture which says The Gospel of John 63 They divided My clothes among themselves And for My clothing they cast lots. So the soldiers did these things. Jesus Provides for His Mother 25 Meanwhile standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother and His mothers sister Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary of Magdala. 26 So when Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing by He said to His mother Woman there is your son 27 Then He said to the disciple There is your mother And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. The Finished Work of Christ 28 After this when He saw that everything was now accomplished in fulfillment of Scripture Jesus said Im thirsty 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there and they filled a sponge with sour wine fixed it on a stalk of hys- sop and held it up to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine He said It is finished And bowing His head He yielded up His spirit. A Soldier Pierces Jesus Side 31 Therefore since it was the Preparation Day so that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the Sabbath for that Sabbath was a high day the Jews requested Pilate that the legs of the men might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man and of the other one who had been crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to Jesus they did not break His legs since they saw He was already dead. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear and at once blood and water came out. 35 Now he who saw this has testified so that you may believe. And his testimony is true and he knows he is telling the truth. 36 For these things happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled 64 Chapter 20 Not one of His bones shall be broken. And again another Scripture says They shall look on Him whom they pierced. The Burial of Christ 38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea who was a disciple of Jesus but secretly for fear of the Jews asked Pilate that he might remove the body of Jesus. So Pilate gave permission. Then he came and removed the body of Jesus. 39 Now Nicodemus who had come to Jesus the first time at night also came bringing a mixture of about 100 pounds of myrrh and aloes. 40 So they took Jesus body and wrapped it in linen strips with the aromatic spices according to the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now at the place where He was crucified there was a garden and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been interred. 42 So there they placed Jesus since the tomb was nearby because of the Jewish Preparation Day. Peter and John at the Empty Tomb 2Now on the first day of the week Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early while it was still dark. And she saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved and told them They have taken away my Lord out of the tomb and we dont know where they have put Him 3 Then Peter and the other dis- ciple went out heading for the tomb. 4 Now the two were running together and the other disciple outran Peter and got to the tomb first. 5 Stooping down he saw the linen wrappings lying there but he did not go in. 6 Then following him came Simon Peter. And he went into the tomb and saw the linen wrappings lying there 7 but the handkerchief which had been on His head was folded up in a separate place by itself not lying with the linen wrappings. 8 So then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first went into the tomb. And he saw and believed. 9 For they did not yet know the Scripture that He had to rise from the dead. 10 So the disciples went home again. 37 20 The Gospel of John 65 Mary of Magdala Sees the Risen Lord 11 But Mary stood outside opposite the tomb crying. Then as she was crying she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting there one at the head and one at the feet where Jesus body had been lying. 13 And they said to her Woman why are you crying Because they have taken away my Lord she told them and I dont know where they have put Him. 14 And having said this she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Woman Jesus said to her why are you crying Who is it youre looking for Supposing that it was the gardener she said to Him Sir if you have removed Him tell me where you have put Him and I will take Him away. 16 Jesus said to her Mary Turning around she said to Him Rabboni which means Teacher. 17 Dont cling to Me Jesus told her since I have not yet as- cended to My Father. But go to My brothers and tell them I am ascending to My Father and your FatherMy God and your God. 18 Mary of Magdala went to report to the disciples that she had seen the Lord and He had told her these things. The Disciples Commissioned 19 When it was evening on that day the first day of the week and the doors were locked where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews Jesus came and stood among them. And He said to them Peace to you 20 And having said this He showed them His hands and His side. So the disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again Peace to you Just as the Father has sent Me I also send you. 22 Having said this He breathed on them and said to them Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any they are forgiven them if you retain the sins of any they are retained. 66 John 2030-31. Read these verses carefully to refresh your memory regarding Johns purpose for writing. He wants you to believe that Jesus is the Christ. That is he wants you to believe that Jesus is the Savior who gives eternal life to every single person who believes in Him. Becoming a Christian does not depend on joining a church walking an aisle making some commitment to God or making some change in your life. As you can tell after reading Johns Gospel having eternal life depends on believing in Christ. John guarantees that when we believe that Jesus is the Christ we have eternal life. Have you believed If not what better way to close your reading of this book than by believing in the Savior of whom John speaks the Lord Jesus Christ Chapter 20 Thomas Sees and Believes 24 But one of the Twelve Thomas called Twin was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples kept telling him We have seen the Lord But he said to them If I dont see the nailprints in His hands put my finger into the nailprints and put my hand into His side I will not believe 26 So after eight days the disciples were indoors again and Thomas was with them. Jesus came even though the doors were locked and stood among them. And He said Peace to you 27 Then He said to Thomas Put your finger here and observe My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. And dont be unbelieving but believing 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him My Lord and My God 29 Because you have seen Me Jesus told him you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed Johns Purpose in Writing This Book 30 Jesus actually performed many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in His Name. The Gospel of John 67 Breakfast by Blue Galilee 2After these things Jesus revealed Himself again to His dis- ciples by Lake Tiberias and He revealed Himself in this way 2 Simon Peter Thomas called Twin Nathanael from Cana of Galilee Zebedees sons and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Im going fishing Simon Peter said to them. Were coming with you they told him. Off they went and got into the boat. Yet that night they caught nothing. 4 But when daybreak had now come Jesus stood on the beach. The disciples though did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Boys Jesus said to them you dont have any fish do you No they answered Him. 6 Cast the net on the right side of the boat He told them and youll find some. So they did and they were unable to haul it in because of the large number of fish. 7 Therefore the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter Its the Lord When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord he put on his outer garment for he was stripped and plunged into the lake. 8 But the other disciples came in the boat dragging the net with fish since they werent far from land but about 100 yards off. 9 So when they got out on land they saw a charcoal fire ready with fish lying on it and bread. 10 Bring some of the fish youve just caught Jesus told them. Simon Peter went up and dragged the net onto the land full of large fish153 of them. And even though there were so many the net was not torn. 12 Come and have breakfast Jesus told them. But none of the disciples dared ask Him Who areYou because they knew it was the Lord. 13 So Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them and likewise the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. Jesus Reinstates Peter 15 So when they had eaten breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter 21 11 68 Chapter 21 Simon son of Jonah do you love Me more than these Yes Lord he said to Him You know that Im fond of You. Feed My lambs He told him. 16 A second time He asked him Simon son of Jonah do you love Me Yes Lord he said to Him You know that Im fond of You. Shepherd My sheep He told him. 17 He asked him the third time Simon son of Jonah are you fond of Me Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time Are you fond of Me And he said to Him Lord You know everything You know that Im fond of You. Feed My sheep Jesus told him. 18 Amen amen I tell you When you were young you used to fasten your belt and walk wherever you wanted. But when you grow old you will stretch out your hands and someone else will fasten a belt around you and carry you where you dont want to go. 19 In saying this He was indicating the kind of death by which he would glorify God. After saying this He told him Follow Me The Beloved Disciple and His Book 20 Then Peter turned around and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following the one who had leaned against His heart at the supper and asked Lord whos the one thats going to betrayYou 21 When Peter saw him he said to Jesus But Lord what about him 22 If I want him to remain till I come Jesus told him what is that to you You follow Me 23 So this report spread to the brothers that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus had not told him that he would not die but If I want him to remain till I come what is that to you Epilogue 24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and wrote them down and we know that his testimony is true. 25 Yes there are also many other things that Jesus did which if they were written one by one I dont suppose even the world itself could contain the books that would be written Amen. The Gospel of John 69 Concluding Notes Do You Believe It is impossible to miss Johns emphasis on believing in the Son of God. Again and again this disciple of Christ repeated his crucial theme Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life but whoever disbelieves the Son will not see life but Gods wrath remains upon him John 336. John has presented his Lord as a Savior worthy of your belief. Do you believe Johns testimony about Jesus Or dont you Whoever believes in Him is not judged but whoever does not believe is already judged because he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God John 318. When you believe that He is who He claims to be the Christ and that He gives eternal life to everyone who believes this claim then you have that life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life John 316. Its very important that you understand you cannot save yourself. Jesus Christ must be the only object of your faith. You are a Christian when you can say confidently I have eternal life because I believe in Jesus Christ. Lets Review John has shown the importance of looking to Jesus alone for eternal life. God sent Jesus His Son to die on the Cross for our sins. When you believe in Him you have eternal life and you can know that He will keep His promise never to lose you and that He will raise you up in the resurrection to live with Him forever John 640. This fact that ones eternal salvation is totally dependent upon Jesus and His work on the Cross brings joy to every new believer in Him. God loves you so much He does not want you to lose this joy. Thats why He inspired John to repeat that truth countless 70 times in this book. Be careful not to begin looking within your self for continued assurance of this fact. Christians who do this invariably lose their joy. Your feelings as a new Christian will probably change daily. Most Christians experience some feelings of doubt or confusion concerning their new life as a child of God. But the facts of Gods Word are unchanging and absolutely reliable. Many verses from John have reminded believers of the joy of their salvation but one promise has been especially com forting. In John 524 Jesus pledged ...whoever hears My word and believes the One who sent Me has eternal life and will not come into judgment but has passed from death to life. This verse contains one condition and three results. If I trust in Gods promise concerning Jesus then 1 I have eternal life 2 I will not come into judgment and 3 I have passed from death to life. Note the careful wording of Christs statement. There should be no doubt Those who hear His message and believe already have eternal life will not be judged for their sin and have already begun their new life. Have you understood the message of John Have you believed that Jesus is telling the truth when He claims to be the Son of God who gives eternal life to everyone who believes in Him Then you can claim this precious promise from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Regardless of how you feel or what people may say you have eternal life. What Now Now that you are a Christian there are several things which will help you grow in your spiritual life. We would recommend that you begin this growth today by 1. Praying talking to God daily. 2. Reading the Bible daily. We suggest you start with the Book of Philippians then Romans. Later you might want to read through the whole New Testament starting with the Book of Matthew. Concluding Notes The Gospel of John 71 Credits The original translator of most of the chapters of John in Logos 21 and the general editor is Arthur L. Farstad. He started the work in 1984 soon after finishing his assignment as Executive Editor of the New King James Version of the Bible. Dr. Farstad is a graduate of Washington Bible College and has advanced degrees in Hebrew and Greek from Dallas Theological Seminary where he taught NT Greek for five and a half years. He is also one of the editors of The NKJV Greek-English Interlinear. Nova-Scotia-born-and-bred William H. McDowell was the English editor of the NKJV and has a similar role in this transla- tion. Dr. McDowell is a graduate of the University of Toronto Westminister Theological Seminary Rollins College in Orlando Florida and has a doctorate from Toccoa Falls College in Georgia. Zane C. Hodges was the co-editor with Dr. Farstad of The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text from which this translation was made. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Dallas Theological Seminary where he taught Greek for 27 years. He co-edited most of the Gospel of John with the general editor. International evangelist Frank D. Carmical a graduate of Houston Baptist University and Dallas Theological Seminary has published a Christian novel The Omega Reunion and several short stories. He worked closely with the general editor on phraseology and vocabulary choices in John. 3. Finding and getting involved in a Biblebelieving church which stresses the free gift of eternal life. 4. Finding a Christian friend to talk with for encouragement and support. 5. Telling others about your new life in Christ and the gift of eternal life to all who believe in Him. 72 Credits A few chapters were initially translated by Brazilian-born Dr. Wilbur N. Pickering a Wycliffe missionary with a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Toronto and by Dr. Robert N. Wilkin a graduate of the University of California at Irvine who has a Ph.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary in New Testament. Curtis Vaughan one of the seven members of the Executive Review Committee of the NKJV New Testament and general editor of The New Testament from 26 Translations carefully annotated this entire translation with many helpful suggestions for the final text. Dr. Vaughan is a veteran of 44 years of teaching Greek at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth Texas. He is a graduate of Union University in Jackson Tennessee and has both an M.Div. and a Th.D. from Southwestern. The textual notes portion of this information was written by Dr. James F. Davis who is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Capital Bible Seminary in Washington D. C. who has a Ph.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary. Additional Information About This Translation Additional information about this translation and the notes to the verses marked with an can be found at The ProjectATERWLIVING The Living Water Project is a ministry of Absolutely Free Inc. Mail The Living Water Project P.O. Box 2 Glide Oregon 97443 Web