John 18:29-40 takes us from the Jewish leaders' inquisition of vv19-27 to the Roman Praetorium, leaving the challenging "two fires" described in yesterday's passage. There we collide with Pilate’s massive question “what is truth?”
How extraordinary that Jesus in the midst of such horrific injustice and violence could be confident in His Father’s authority and sovereignty. Surely He was powerless; power lay with Pilate, the soldiers, the Jewish leaders.
John 19:16-30 contains John’s account of the actual crucifixion of Jesus. It is surprisingly economical. John’s invitation is to avoid reading quickly through the verses, but rather to stand before the cross of Jesus and stay there and meditate on his words.
John 20:1-10 begins the Easter narrative. Jesus is risen! Scripture Union restricts us to those ten verses today, which is frustrating! But Word For Today has a powerful insight that brings the passage alive.
John 20:11-18 can be described as “Mary Magdalene meets the Risen Lord.” There is something astonishing there. The resurrection narrative, this event that changes everything in time and eternity, in these verses just focuses on one person.
John 20:19-31 is a familiar passage. It is also a highly concentrated one whose rich content comes as we dig into it and open it up. Firstly, “Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you…’”
John 21:1-14 tells how the disciples returned to Galilee and then went on an overnight fishing trip. How come? It seems so routine, so ordinary. Jesus has risen from the dead, they have met Him twice, surely everything should be different?
John 21:15-19 is arguably the most important passage for those who call themselves Christians in the entire New Testament. Read the Bible passage for yourself with that in mind. Five verses that could change your life! Read and see if you agree with me! If you read to the end, I have added a very personal statement!
John 21:20-25 brings us to the end of these studies in John’s Gospel. These few verses are a hugely powerful evidence of the truth and authenticity of the Bible. You would think that John would end with some amazing revelations from Jesus. But he does not.