John is a “Good News” book (aka Gospel). The key personalities of this book are Jesus Christ, His Twelve Disciples, Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, Lazarus, his sisters Mary and Martha, Jewish religious leaders, and Pilate. It was written so that all may believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God who gives eternal life. John’s gospel uses the word “Believe” 98 times and the word “Life” 36 times, in an effort to embed the importance that one must believe in order to live eternally. John is not one of the three synoptic (common view) gospels, but instead was written with a more theological substance, yet equally as inspired and important as the first three gospels. | Bible Summary
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John 1 – The Word of God became flesh and dwelt with us. John the Baptist bore witness to him. Andrew told Simon Peter and they followed Jesus.
John 2 – Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding. He drove money-changers from the temple. He said, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it.”
John 3 – Jesus told Nicodemus, “Be born again. Whoever believes in the Son will have eternal life.” John the Baptist said, “He is above all.”
John 4 – Jesus spoke with a Samaritan woman about her husbands. She said, “Can this be the Messiah?” Many believed. He healed an official’s son.
John 5 – Jesus healed a man at Bethesda. He said, “The Son only does what he sees the Father doing. My works and the Scriptures bear witness.”
John 6 – Jesus fed 5,000 men and walked across the sea. He said, “I am the bread of life. My flesh is true food.” Many disciples turned back.
John 7 – Jesus went to the feast. The people said, “Is this the Christ?” The chief priests tried to arrest him. He called out, “Come and drink.”
John 8 – Jesus did not condemn a woman caught in adultery. The Pharisees questioned him. He said, “If God were your Father you would love me.”
John 9 – Jesus healed a blind man on the Sabbath. The Pharisees called the man and threw him out. Jesus said, “I came that the blind may see.”
John 10 – Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. I give my life for the sheep.” They asked, “Are you the Christ?” He said, “My sheep follow me.”
John 11 – Lazarus died. Jesus went to the tomb and said, “Lazarus, come out.” Lazarus came out. The chief priests plotted to put Jesus to death.
John 12 – Jesus said, “A man’s tenants killed his son.” The Pharisees questioned him about the law. He said, “Love God and love your neighbour.”