Monday, April 24, 2006

The Gospel of John

I read through the Gospel of John over the weekend and part of today. It took me forever because I was making note of when John wrote of something (a miracle, a person, the Old Testament, the Father, Jesus Himself) witnessing to Jesus. Also, I'm making note of Jesus' use of light and darkness and His uses of the works of God (more on this later).

I haven't read through the book of John in a long time. I studied it one year for an entire year with Bible Study Fellowship (BSF)when I was a little baby Christian. The big lesson I got from the study back then was that "he must increase and I must decrease." I still think of that today. But looking at the book fresh and through the lens of the overarching theme of John, has helped me to see many things that I have missed. In that year I really learned what each chapter was about and knew where to find a particular story. But I missed a lot of the themes that tied all the stories together. John used each story to make his point, he could have used other stories, why did he choose these? Each story fits in his theme of proof and belief that Jesus is the Messiah.

I want to urge you to take this opportunity to read through the Gospel of John with me. To look at it fresh with this theme in mind and let me know what you discovered.

And yeah it's OK to bounce back and forth between Samson and Jesus, doing so will give us more insight into both :-).

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6 Comments:

  1. Susan said...
    I will take your challenge and read John again.

    I was just reading John 6 this weekend and also part of chapter 1,

    Hey now that I think about it, I also read chapter 3...
    I might as well sit down and read the whole thing...
    michele said...
    Good, I bet you get a lot more out of it reading it straight through, than you would popping around like that.
    sherry said...
    I'll read John with you also. I'm almost done with Romans (*cough* if I could get the answers to chapter 15 and the questions/answers to 16!)I was wondering what to read next!
    michele said...
    Sorry! I am the worst, aren't I. And good, I was going to suggest you read John next and then read my exegesis paper when I finish it.
    sherry said...
    Yes, I'd be happy to read it and then read your exegesis. I read chapter 1 today. I tried to take notes, but I found it very difficult. I'm not too good at picking out of the text what is important. Any suggestions for note taking?
    michele said...
    Don't take notes during your first reading. Read it through as much as you can at a time. I had to take notes because I probably am not going to go back again. You can go back a second time and take notes. I will come up with some suggestions by then.

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