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Jesus’ Ministry of the Waters of Life

John Chapter 7 “The officers answered, ‘Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks’” (John 7:46 NASB). by Jeff Mezera The seventh chapter of John marks a transition point in the ministry of Jesus from being mostly tolerated, to having to risk his life to continue his ministry because of threats from the Jewish officials. Introduction (John 7:1-2) Early in the chapter, the Apostle John makes a specific point about the Feast of Tabernacles. It is the only reference to []

“Before Abraham Was Born, I Am”

John Chapter 8 “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56,scriptures from the New American Standard Bible, 1995). by Ernie Kuenzli In some Bible translations, John Chapter 8 begins with the story of the woman caught in adultery. However, this incident is not found in many of the oldest manuscripts. Bruce M. Metzger writes: “The evidence for the non-Johannine origin of the pericope [passage] of the adulteress is overwhelming. It is absent from []

Amazing Grace

John Chapter 9 “One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I can see!” (John 9:25. All scriptures fromthe Contemporary Study Bible, CSB). Written many years after the rest of the New Testament, John’s books refocus us on Jesus, our first love (Revelation 2:4). The Gospel of John provides an intimate account of Jesus as the personification of God’s loving character (John 14:9). John Chapter 9 paints a particularly vivid picture of Jesus as the source and finisher of our []

The Good Shepherd

John Chapter 10 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). “The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me” (John10:25. Scriptures taken from the Revised Standard Version, RSV.) by Jeffrey Earl The Gospel of John Chapter 10 contains two main themes — “Jesus as the Good Shepherd” in verses 1 to 21, and “I and the Father are One” in verses 22 to Following the miracle of []