Archive for May, 2009

Outline of John 4

  1. The Samaritan Woman at the Well
  2. Healing a Boy in Capernaum

Categories: bible, john, new testament, outline

Becoming Nothing

Am I willing to become nothing for Jesus?

No, I don’t have this level of humility. That’s unfortunate.

Categories: bible, john, new testament

Another Look at John 3

Would I have been willing to ask questions like Nicodemus?

I wish I could say yes, but I’m afraid the answer is probably no.

Categories: bible, john, new testament

Father and Son

John concludes chapter 3 with an overview of the relationship between Jesus and God the Father.

It is a loving relationship, and the two are one in spirit.

Categories: bible, john, new testament

Aenon near Salim

We learn in verses 23-30 that John was able to baptize lots of people because he was stationed near lots of water, in Aenon.

Hmmm. Seems like an important prerequisite. I’d never noticed this detail before.

John says clearly in verse 30 about Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease”

Categories: bible, john


In verse 22, we learn that Jesus’ disciples baptized followers in Judea.

I’d never noticed this detail in the text before. I wonder how this will connect with John’s baptizing people.

Categories: bible, john, new testament


In verses 1-21, we learn through Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus that salvation is freely available to all people.

Our responsibility is to love the light and the truth, not falsehood.

Key Chapter: Outline of John 3

The Baptism of Jesus Christ, by Piero della Fr...Image via Wikipedia

  1. Jesus and Nicodemus
  2. John the Baptist
    1. I am not the Christ
    2. Believe in the Son

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Realism, Pessimism

Make some wine!
Sell in the Temple!
We’ll hate you soon enough!

People are a pain.

Categories: bible, john, new testament

He already knew

In verses 23-25, Jesus finds people believing in him as a result of his miracles.

But he has a realistic view of human nature, so he doesn’t count on people’s approval.

Categories: bible, jesus, john, new testament
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