John 8

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 7

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On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

– John 7:37-38

The grand themes of John continue. Jesus presented living water to the Samaritan woman in Chapter 4. He presented the bread of life in Chapter 6. Now He presents living water again in Chapter 7. How do you eat and drink the living water and bread of life? Both here and in John 6:35 Jesus said, “he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 6

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And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

– John 6:35

The Gospel of John is built around seven signs (miracles) of Jesus and seven “I Am” statements. This is the first of the seven statements; “I am the bread of life.”

Chapter 6 also presents the third of Jesus’ seven signs; the feeding of the 5,000. It’s important to keep track of and take note of these signs and statements as the signs substantiate the veracity of the statements. In other words, the miraculous works that Jesus performs (water into win, the healing of the lame man and now the feeding of the 5,000) prove authentic the message that He speaks. The words and works go hand-in-hand.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 5

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But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.

– John 5:13

It appears (to me) that the (formerly) lame man at Bethesda was so fixed upon the pool that could potentially bring him healing that he never actually looked at the Man who ultimately healed him.

Often times I’m fixed on the wrong things too.

(Hebrews 12:2)

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 4

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Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

– John 4:10

This is one of those tremendously important passages of Scripture that I’d like to spend days on, not a couple of paragraphs. Be that as it may, the above verse (10) is something of the hinge of the story (in my opinion). Of course Jesus, passing through Samaria while traveling from Jerusalem, Judea to Galilee, stops for a food run outside a Samaritan City called Sychar. As He waits outside the city for His disciples to return with Sychar’s equivalent of Chic-Fil-A, a Samaritan woman arrived to draw water at the well by which He waited. I’m convinced that she was the reason that “He needed to go through Samaria” (v. 4).

This exchange between Jesus and a women (cultural custom #1 broken) who was a Samaritan (cultural custom #2, broken) with not the best background (cultural custom #3, broken) is an important lesson in evangelism. Jesus’ evangelistic method centers around two things that this woman (who needed salvation) was ignorant of; (1) the gift of God and (2) who it was she was speaking to. Incidentally, the rest of the conversation with the Samaritan woman reveals how Jesus masterfully leads the woman to an understanding of (1) the gift of God (living water) and (2) who she was speaking to (the Messiah, who gives the gift of living water).

Ultimately the woman was led from ignorance to understanding, and as promised she received the greatest gift from the greatest gift giver ever.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 3

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“He must increase, but I must decrease.

– John 3:30

John 3, like John 1, is another chapter that feels wrong to gloss over, but such is the nature of my devotion through the Scriptures. I love this passage. The nighttime visit with Nicodemus is one of the most profound passages of the Bible. Not to mention, John 3 presents one of the greatest (and most translated) verses of the Bible (v. 16 of course). I could certainly go on and on about chapter 3, but I’ll simply zero in on one of it’s shortest verses.

There is so much applicable truth in these 7 words!

“God, help me to decrease as you become greater and shine brighter in and through my life!”

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 2

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This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.

– John 2:11

It is important when reading (or listening) through the Gospel of John to understand it’s uniqueness among the 4 Gospel accounts. Matthew, Mark and Luke are referred to by Bible teachers as the “synoptic Gospels,” as they follow a (more) chronological accounting of the life and ministry of Jesus. They are in no way totally biographical, but they are a consistent synopsis of the ministry of Jesus.

John, on the other hand, is unique. It is written from a thesis statement presented in John 20.

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

– John 20:30-31

John wrote this accounting of Jesus’ life and ministry to prove that Jesus is (indeed) the Christ, the Son of God. Because through such faith in Him we can have life in His name. Therefore, John focuses upon 7 “I Am” statements of Jesus, and 7 corresponding miracles. As we go through the book we’ll be highlighting each one. Here in John 2, we have the first of the 7 signs: Jesus turned water into wine.

Simply stated, Jesus can take the ordinary (water), and make it (by His miraculous power) truly extraordinary (fine wine).

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 1

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“I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ “And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

– John 1:33-34

John 1 is so full, it almost feels wrong to not comment on anything other than these 2 verses. I highly encourage you to spend some time thinking about the first 14 verses, especially.

Be that as it may, I (for many years) have been intrigued by the words of John the Baptist in the above verses. Just prior to this the religious leaders asked John, “Why do you baptize” (v. 25). To which he here reveals that the primary purpose of his baptismal ministry was revelatory. John’s primary task was to point people to the Messiah. Incidentally that was the same purpose of the law and prophets too. This happens to be the task to which we were called as well.

John was given explicit instructions from God. “Baptize people… and when you see the Spirit descended from heaven and continue upon one of them, that’s the Messiah! Point people to Him!”

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 24

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Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! “Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

– Luke 24:25-27

I can only imagine how wonderful a sermon that must have been. Beginning at the Law and through the Prophets, Jesus (Himself) preached from all the Scriptures the things that had to do with Him and His suffering! I wish I had that transcript.

We must never forget that the “volume of the book” is written of Him (Psalm 40:7 & Hebrews 10:7). Therefore we must (in our reading in the Old Testament as well as the New) look for Jesus on every page and in every paragraph.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 23

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“And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”

– Luke 23:41

Only when we come to this right recognition are we ready for the salvation of of the Just One who died in our place 2,000 years ago. We deserve what He endured. Praise to

Praise to the Lord,
The Almighty, the king of creation!
O my soul, praise Him,
For He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear,
Now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim