The Gospel of John

The Gospel of John – A stones throw away

Jesus' response to a trap sprung by the Pharisees is masterful. Though He alone has the moral authority to execute the woman for her sin, Jesus instead chooses forgiveness. This highlights a major concept of Christian ethics: just because one has the power to do something does not mean it's the best option. All sinners… Continue reading The Gospel of John – A stones throw away

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The Gospel of John – ”Who is the Jesus you trust?”

We reach a milestone in this passage of scripture in the plot to kill Jesus. Jesus continues to criticise the local religious leaders, who are unable to successfully arrest Him. This leads the people to wonder: are the Scribes and Pharisees in agreement with Jesus or too weak to stop Him? That crisis of confidence… Continue reading The Gospel of John – ”Who is the Jesus you trust?”

The Gospel of John

The Gospel of John – ”Right Judgement”

A strong spiritual challenge issued by Jesus against the religious leaders of Jerusalem is the theme of the next section of John chapter 7. Jesus makes the point that obedience is a necessary aspect of learning. The resistance of the scribes and Pharisees is ultimately a matter of rebellion, not knowledge. In the same way,… Continue reading The Gospel of John – ”Right Judgement”

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The Gospel of John – Do not be driven by selfishness

This section of scripture uncovers the true motivation of the crowd following Jesus: selfishness. This passage is part of a long dialogue where Christ clarifies the meaning of His miracles. Jesus has just explained that He, Himself, is the ''Bread of Life'' which people are meant to seek. In response, the people complain amongst themselves.… Continue reading The Gospel of John – Do not be driven by selfishness