John: Who is this Man?

This gospel was written by the disciple of whom it was said, "Jesus loved him." John was the closest intimate of our Lord during the days of his ministry, so this constitutes a very important gospel.

Bible Studies in the Gospel of JohnRSSiTunes

Who is Jesus? V Jn 1:1-4
Hello Darkness V Jn 1:5-13
The Stranger of Galilee V Jn 1:14-18
Call the First Witness! V Jn 1:19-34
The Man who Knew Men V Jn 1:35-51
Water to Wine V Jn 2:1-11
The Temple Cleanser V Jn 2:12-25
Born of the Spirit V Jn 3:1-16
The Best Possible News V Jn 3:16-36
The Man Who Understood Woman V Jn 4:1-42
Faith's Encouragement V Jn 4:43-54
Do you Want to Get Well? V Jn 5:1-17
The Secret of Jesus V Jn 5:18-20
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands V Jn 5:21-30
The Credentials of Jesus V Jn 5:31-47
The Testing of Faith V Jn 6:1-15
The New Resource V Jn 6:16-21
What are You Working For? V Jn 6:22-40
Life with God V Jn 6:41-59
To Whom shall We Go? V Jn 6:60-71
Is Jesus for Real? V Jn 7:1-24
For Those who Thirst V Jn 7:25-52
Judging the Judges V Jn 8:1-11
The Breakthrough Point V Jn 8:12-30
Straight Talk from Jesus V Jn 8:31-47
The Choice V Jn 8:48-59
Believing Is Seeing V Jn 9:1-39
The Shepherd and His Sheep V Jn 10:1-21
Mad Man or God-Man V Jn 10:22-42
God's Strange Ways V Jn 11:1-16
Death's Conqueror V Jn 11:17-44
What's Going On? V Jn 11:45-54
Worship Or Waste? V Jn 11:55 - 12:10
Triumph Or Tragedy? V Jn 12:12-26
Faithful Belief and Fatal Unbelief V Jn 12:27-50
Servant Authority V Jn 13:1-17
The One Commandment V Jn 13:18-38
The Cure for Heart Trouble V Jn 14:1-14
That Other Helper V Jn 14:15-31
The Vine and the Fruit V Jn 15:1-11
Loving amidst Hate V Jn 15:12 - 16:4
The New Strategy V Jn 16:5-33
The Longest Prayer V Jn 17
The Way to the Cross V Jn 18:1 - 19:3
He Endured the Cross V Jn 19:4-42
The Incredible Hope V Jn 20:1-18
The New Commission V Jn 20:19-31
Breakfast by the Sea V Jn 21

Overview the Gospel of John

from Adventuring Through the Bible

The fourth Gospel holds peculiar significance to me for many reasons, but especially because it is written by the disciple closest to our Lord. When you read the Gospel of Matthew, you are reading the record of our Lord as seen through the eyes of a devoted disciple. Mark and Luke, of course, were dedicated Christians who knew and loved Jesus Christ, though they learned about him largely through the testimony of others, but John is one who leaned upon his breast. He was of that inner circle which included Peter and James, who went with our Lord through the most intimate circumstances of his ministry and heard more than any of the others. Therefore, we open this book with a sense of anticipation. Here is the testimony of our Lord's closest friend.

In light of this, it is very startling to see how John's Gospel begins (chapter 1, verse 1):

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1 RSV)

Sometimes I think it is difficult to believe that Jesus is God. I know there is not a Christian who has not at one time or another felt the full force of all the arguments that would make him out to be nothing more than a man. There are times when we find it difficult to lay hold of the full intent of those words and think of the man Jesus as God.

But if we find it difficult, how much more did his own disciples find it so? They, of all men, would be least likely to believe that he was God, for they lived with him and saw his humanity as none of us ever has or ever will. They must have been confronted again and again with a question that puzzled and troubled them, "Who is this man?" As they themselves said, "What manner of man is this who heals the sick, raises the dead, quiets the wind and changes the water to wine?" (Matthew 8:27)