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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

Watch our Read Scripture video on the Gospel of John, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the first of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the Gospel of John, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.

In John, Jesus becomes human as the incarnation of the creator God of Israel, to share His love and the gift of eternal life with the world.

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JOHN: 1-12 (RS)


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The Gospel According to


JUST as a coin has two sides, both valid, so Jesus Christ has two natures, both
valid. Luke presents Christ in His humanity as the Son of Man; John portrays
Him in His deity as the Son of God. John’s purpose is crystal clear: to set forth
Christ in His deity in order to spark believing faith in his readers. John’s gospel is
topical, not primarily chronological, and it revolves around seven miracles and
seven “I am” statements of Christ.
Following an extended eyewitness description of the Upper Room meal and discourse,
John records events leading up to the Resurrection, the final climactic
proof that Jesus is who He claims to be—the Son of God.
The title of the Fourth Gospel follows the same format as the titles of the synoptic
Gospels: Kata Ioannen, “According to John.” As with the others, the word
“Gospel” was added later. Ioannes is derived from the Hebrew name Johanan,
“Yahweh Has Been Gracious.”

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The Eternal Word


1 IN the beginning awas the Word, and the bWord was cwith God, and the Word was dGod.
2 aHe was in the beginning with God.
3 aAll things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
4 aIn Him was life, and bthe life was the light of men.
5 And athe light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not 1comprehend it.

John’s Witness: The True Light

6 There was a aman sent from God, whose name was John.
7 This man came for a awitness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might bbelieve.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that aLight.
9 aThat1 was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and athe world did not know Him.
11 aHe came to His 1own, and His 2own did not receive Him.
12 But aas many as received Him, to them He gave the 1right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
13 awho were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Word Becomes Flesh

14 aAnd the Word bbecame cflesh and dwelt among us, and dwe beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, efull of grace and truth.
15 aJohn bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, b‘He who comes after me 1is preferred before me, cfor He was before me.’ ”
16 1And of His afullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
17 For athe law was given through Moses, but bgrace and ctruth came through Jesus Christ.
18 aNo one has seen God at any time. bThe only begotten 1Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

A Voice in the Wilderness

19 Now this is athe testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”
20 aHe confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”
21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you athe Prophet?” And he answered, “No.”
22 Then they said to him, “Who are

CHAPTER 1 References

1 a1 John 1:1
bRev. 19:13
c[John 17:5] d[1 John 5:20] 2 aGen. 1:1
3 a[Col. 1:16,
17] 4 a[1 John
5:11] bJohn
8:12; 9:5;
5 a[John 3:19] 1Or overcome
6 aMatt.
7 aJohn
b[John 3:16] 8 aIs. 9:2; 49:6
9 aIs. 49:6 1Or
That was the
true Light
which, coming
into the
world, gives
light to every
10 aHeb. 1:2
11 a[Is. 53:3;
Luke 19:14] 1His own
things or domain
own people
12 aGal. 3:26
13 a[1 Pet.
1:23] 14 aRev. 19:13
bGal. 4:4
cHeb. 2:11
dIs. 40:5
e[John 8:32;
14:6; 18:37] 15 aJohn 3:32
b[Matt. 3:11] c[Col. 1:17] 1ranks higher
than I
16 a[Col. 1:19;
2:9] 1NU For
17 a[Ex. 20:1] b[Rom. 5:21;
6:14] c[John
8:32; 14:6;
18:37] 18 aEx. 33:20
b1 John 4:9
1NU God
19 aJohn 5:33
20 aLuke 3:15
21 aDeut.
18:15, 18
23 aMatt. 3:3
bIs. 40:3
26 aMatt. 3:11
bMal. 3:1
27 aActs 19:4
1ranks higher
than I
28 aJudg. 7:24
1NU, M
29 aRev. 5:6–14
b[1 Pet. 2:24] 30 1ranks
higher than I
31 aMatt. 3:6
32 aMark 1:10
33 aIs. 42:1;
61:1; Matt.
34 aJohn 11:27
36 aJohn 1:29
37 aMatt. 4:20,

JOHN 1:40

you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”
23 He said: a“I am

b‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the LORD,” ’

as the prophet Isaiah said.”
24 Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees.
25 And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
26 John answered them, saying, a“I baptize with water, bbut there stands One among you whom you do not know.
27 a“It is He who, coming after me, 1is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.”
28 These things were done ain 1Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The Lamb of God

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! aThe Lamb of God bwho takes away the sin of the world!
30 “This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who 1is preferred before me, for He was before me.’
31 “I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, atherefore I came baptizing with water.”
32 aAnd John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.
33 “I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, athis is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
34 “And I have seen and testified that this is the aSon of God.”

The First Disciples

35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.
36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, a“Behold the Lamb of God!”
37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they afollowed Jesus.
38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”
39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).
40 One of the two who heard John

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JOHN 1:41

speak, and followed Him, was aAndrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the 1Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).
42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of 1Jonah. aYou shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, 2A Stone).

Philip and Nathanael

43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found aPhilip and said to him, “Follow Me.”
44 Now aPhilip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip found aNathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom bMoses in the law, and also the cprophets, wrote—Jesus dof Nazareth, the eson of Joseph.”
46 And Nathanael said to him, a“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, aan Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”
48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, aYou are the Son of God! You are bthe King of Israel!”
50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”
51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, ahereafter1 you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

Water Turned to Wine


1 On the third day there was a awedding in bCana of Galilee, and the cmother of Jesus was there.
2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
4 Jesus said to her, a“Woman, bwhat does your concern have to do with Me? cMy hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, aaccording to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.
7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.

40 aMatt. 4:18
41 1Lit.
Anointed One
42 aMatt. 16:18
1NU John 2Gr.
Petros, usually
43 aJohn 6:5;
12:21, 22;
14:8, 9
44 aJohn 12:21
45 aJohn 21:2
bLuke 24:27
c[Zech. 6:12] d[Matt. 2:23] eLuke 3:23
46 aJohn 7:41,
42, 52
47 aPs. 32:2;
49 aMatt. 14:33
bMatt. 21:5
51 aGen. 28:12
1NU omits

CHAPTER 1 References

1 a[Heb. 13:4] bJohn 4:46
cJohn 19:25
4 aJohn 19:26
b2 Sam. 16:10
cJohn 7:6, 8,
30; 8:20
6 a[Mark 7:3] 9 aJohn 4:46
11 aJohn 4:54
b[John 1:14] 1revealed
12 aMatt. 4:13
bMatt. 12:46;
13 aDeut.
14 aMal. 3:1;
Mark 11:15,
17 1Lit. sitting
16 aLuke 2:49
17 aPs. 69:9
1NU, M will
18 aMatt. 12:38
19 aMatt.
26:61; 27:40
21 a[1 Cor.
3:16; 6:19] 22 aLuke 24:8
1NU, M omit
to them
23 a[Acts 2:22] 24 aRev. 2:23
25 aMatt. 9:4

8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it.
9 When the master of the feast had tasted athe water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom.
10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
11 This abeginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, band 1manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.
12 After this He went down to aCapernaum, He, His mother, bHis brothers, and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

13 aNow the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 aAnd He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers 1doing business.
15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables.
16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make aMy Father’s house a house of merchandise!”
17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, aZeal for Your house 1has eaten Me up.”
18 So the Jews answered and said to Him, a“What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?”
19 Jesus answered and said to them, a“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
20 Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”
21 But He was speaking aof the temple of His body.
22 Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, aHis disciples remembered that He had said this 1to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.

The Discerner of Hearts

23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the asigns which He did.
24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He aknew all men,
25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for aHe knew what was in man.

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Praise for the LORD’s Mercies

A Psalm of David.

1 BLESS athe LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
3 aWho forgives all your iniquities, Who bheals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction, aWho crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that ayour youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed.
7 aHe made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
8 aThe LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 aHe will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 aHe has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;

PSALM 103 References

1 aPs. 104:1,
3 aPs. 130:8
b[Ex. 15:26] 4 a[Ps. 5:12] 5 a[Is. 40:31] 7 aPs. 147:19
8 a[Ex. 34:6, 7] 9 a[Ps. 30:5] 10 a[Ezra 9:13] 12 a[Is. 38:17;
43:25] 13 aMal. 3:17
14 1Understands
15 a1 Pet. 1:24
16 a[Is. 40:7] bJob 7:10 1not
18 a[Deut. 7:9] 19 a[Dan. 4:17,
25] 20 aPs. 148:2
b[Matt. 6:10] 21 a[Heb. 1:14] 1servants

12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He aremoved our transgressions from us.
13 aAs a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
14 For He 1knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, ahis days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 aFor the wind passes over it, and it is 1gone, And bits place remembers it no more.
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 aTo such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19 The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And aHis kingdom rules over all.

20 aBless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who bdo His word, Heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, aYou 1ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the LORD, all His works, In all places of His dominion.

Bless the LORD, O my soul!



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