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John part 17 – You are the Branch

Key Verse:“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”John 15:16

Imagine a gardener tending to his garden.He looks at the various branches, and lovingly chooses which branches to prune.The gardener removes the dead, useless branches and tosses them in the burn pile.He then prunes the remaining branches so that eventually they will bear more fruit than they ever did before.Now imagine God as the gardener, Jesus as the vine, and you as the branch.What type of branch are you?If you abide in Jesus, you are the pruned branch that will bear fruit.If you don’t, you will be thrown away and burned.

Read John 15

·What are the different relationships that Jesus’ describes in this chapter?How do the disciples, including Judas, fit into the story?
·What is the meaning of Jesus’ allegory? (For those of you who don’t know what an allegory is, it is a …

John part 16-God's Plan

Key Verse: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

(John 14:15-17 ESV)

In John 12:32-33, Jesus explained He knew His hour, for He knew when and how He would die.In John 2:4, 7:30, and 8:20 among others, we see that though Jesus was asked to do miracles and people were conspiring to control His ministry, His hour had not yet come so they were powerless; this same hour is recorded in 13:31 as the hour that has finally come for God to be glorified.

How is God glorified? God has a plan for Jesus, a mission for Him on earth.Just as He came into Jerusalem on a donkey, signifying peace, God’s plan in this hour is that Jesus will usher in ultimate peace.Not a peace on earth, though that is to come when Jesus returns for us (1Thess 4:14-18), but sp…

John part 15-Love for God & Man

Key Verses:

·“So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.For I gave you an example that you also should do I as I did to you.” John 13:12-15

·“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”John 13:34-35

God calls us to love.But He didn’t just command love; he demonstrated it.He wept when he saw sorrow in others.He washed the feet of his disciples and the feet of his enemy.And He carried out the ultimate sacrifice – exchanging His life for ours.In turn, He asks us to love one another.This week ask God to show you true love and then emulate Him.

Read John 13.

·What is this chapter a…

John part 14-The Response to Jesus

Key Verse: And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”
(John 12:32-36 ESV)

What would you do if you only had one week to live?What things would you say?Who would you spend time with?In this chapter we get insight into what Jesus does His last week before His crucifixion.This section contains the highs of His triumphal entry and the sorrow that follows and many still with hardened hearts do not believe who He is.Do spiritual ups and downs sound like …