Episode 18 – The ‘In Your Face’ Gospel of John

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Episode Notes

John is the fourth and in many ways the most dramatic of the Gospels.  It is certainly the one that most emphasizes the conflict in Jesus life.  Jesus it the light in a dark world. A key verse has to be, “a light that shined in darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. And also, He came to that which was his own, and his own did not receive it. Both are found in chapter 1

Let’s talk about the writer himself:  from Capernaum, brother of James, son of Zebedee, fisherman and one of the first of Jesus’ disciples. Of all the Apostles, John is the only one who follows Jesus all the way to Calvary.

He, along with Peter is the first disciple to the empty tomb. According to Luke, in Acts, Peter and  John are the first Apostles recognized as leaders of the Church in Jerusalem. Despite this, he quickly passes from the front lines of book of Acts.

We can piece together from John’s disciples and close associates that he spends his last years in Ephesus. It is while in Ephesus that he wrote his Gospel and three letters. Revelation was written either on Patmos, or after his return from exile there.

The reason for his exile by Domitian, is lost in the mists of history, but within less than 100 years, the legend is that the emperor tried, but failed to have the apostle killed. The story is that Domitian ordered John to be boiled in oil, fried like a chicken leg, but he didn’t die.

According to the most ancient traditions, John died of natural causes somewhere around AD 95 and was buried in Ephesus.

For many years, liberal scholars suggested that John’s Gospel was not written until the late 2nd or possibly the third century, because it deals with such specific matters and doctrines.  Lots of talk about Jesus Deity and Humanity.

The Gospel appears to be a direct assault on Gnosticism, which reached its peak in the late 2nd and early 3rd centuries.  However, a certain parchment fragment that contains part of John’s Gospel, on display in Manchester England, called P52, is dated to within 50 years of the original writing.

The purpose of John’s Gospel is most explicit in the very last verse of the chapter 20

Arguably the most important claim Jesus ever made about His own identity is in John’s Gospel. You can find it in chapter 8, verse 58

 

Episode 15 – The Gospels Part 1

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Gospel of Matthew

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Why are the Gospels in the order they are in?

Who is Matthew?

When was Matthew Written?

What is the purpose of the Book?

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Key Verses:

Chapters 5,6,7, 11:28-30, 16:13-17, 24, 25:34-46, 28:19,20

 

Episode 14 – Every Day, Every Way, Every Where

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Acts 5:40-42

The Gospel is rarely politically correct – Verse 40

A weird Rejoicing – 41. Apostles weren’t masochists, they merely understood that God trusted them.

Verse 42 – Every Day, Every Way, Every where.

Day after day, they never stopped

teaching and proclaiming

in the temple courts and from house to house

note: Chapter 6 begins, In those days, when the number of disciples was increasing. – The Gospel WILL bear fruit.

Next week – Route 66 begins. Gospel of Matthew

The Most Outrageous Thing Jesus Ever Said – Scandalous, Part 6

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  1. Brief report on the 2015 Hope For Christmas Program in Cartersville, GA.
  2. I attended a funeral over the weekend and shared a couple general impressions
  3. Some Contenders for the ‘Most Outrageous Thing Jesus Ever Said:
    1. Matthew 5:29
    2. Mark 9:43-48
    3. John 14:6

4. But in my opinion the most outrageous thing He ever said probably isn’t on very many people’s lists, But I believe that’s because we’ve never really understood the the way the people in His did.  I’m going to retell it as if He was telling it in December, 2015.   Luke 10:25-37.

 

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No Wonder There’s A War On Christmas – Scandalous, Part 5

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Rediscovering the Bible Online Radio Show – Episode 8 is on the air.

 

  1. Royal Seal of King Hezekiah of Judah has been found. The weird part is it took 6 years to make it public… Read about it here
  2. Question from a listener related to the women in the family tree of Jesus is asked and answered
  3. Some of the things said about Jesus in the Christmas Story as told in Matthew and Luke no doubt fuel the ‘War on Christmas’. Especially the names and titles used for him;
    1. Jesus – The Lord Saves – Savior  – Matthew 1:21 , Luke 2:112. Son of God – Luke 1:35 – John 10:29-33

      3. Emmanuel – God With Us-Matthew 1:23

      4. Christ – Luke 2:11

      5. The Lord -Luke 2:11, John 8:58

  4. Each of these names and titles distinguishes Jesus from other religious leaders and points to Him as the Divine Son of God. Pretty dramatic claims.
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