We are going to start this Bible study in the book of John. Over the next couple of months we shall go through this book together. Today we will start with John 1-3. On your own, as you read, choose one verse from these chapters that stands out to you and tell us which one and why in the comments below.
Read John 1-3
John 1 – ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ That verse is one of the most recognized from the Bible. It begins the book of the Bible often given to new believers to read. It is the basis of Christianity. The Word is Jesus. In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.
John starts off with telling us about who Jesus is, His background. Then he goes into the story of John the Baptist. John tells us the story of Jesus’ baptism and how the Spirit came down on Jesus in the form of a dove. John the Baptist tells two disciples, who we find out are Andrew and John, that Jesus is ‘the Lamb of God!’ The disciples follow Jesus and Andrew takes Him to his brother Simon. Jesus makes His declaration that Simon ‘“shall be called Cephas.”’ (Cephas means stone and can be translated to Peter) Jesus also picks up two more disciples: Philip and Nathaniel.
John 2 – Chapter two begins with Jesus’ first miracle at Cana. Jesus seems a bit reluctant in this passage to do His first miracle but luckily His momma is there. She tells the servants to do exactly what her Son says. They fill some water pots and when they serve the ‘water’ it turns to wine. Jesus’ first miracle on earth is a success.
John picks back up in the Temple at Passover, the holiday where the Hebrews celebrate being liberated from Egypt. Turns out, no surprise here, the Jews are disrespecting the Temple. Jesus trashes the Temple, destroying the booths selling oxen, dove, and sheep. He overturns the money-changers tables fulfilling the prophecy in Psalms 69:9a, ‘zeal for Your house has eaten me up.’ Jesus also makes a prophecy of His own, ‘“Destroy this temple and in three day I will raise it up.”’ The people thought He was talking about the physical temple but really He was talking about His body.
John 3 – This chapter is well known because of the most used verse in it, John 3:16. In this chapter John tells us about when Nicodemus, a Pharisee, comes to visit Jesus in the night. He was one of the few Jewish rulers to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus tells him that one must be born again to see the kingdom of heaven. You must be born of the spirit to live in a kingdom of the spirit. Jesus also rebukes Nicodemus for not knowing such things, being a teacher of the Law. Jesus teaches Nicodemus and us how to be saved and go to heaven. We only must believe in the Son of God.
Please do not forget to comment your favorite verse and why. I really cannot wait for this Bible study to continue. Come back next Tuesday when we discuss John 4 and 5.