The Gospel of John – Lesson 9 – John 4:27-42

27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised that he was talking to a woman. Yet no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking to her?” 28 Then the woman left her water jar and went back into town. She said to the people, 29 “Come, see the man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 They left the town and came to him. 31 Meanwhile, the disciples kept urging him, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But Jesus said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 Then the disciples said to each other, “Did anyone bring him something to eat?” 34 Jesus told them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘Four more months and the harvest will be here’? Pay attention to what I am telling you. Open your eyes and look at the fields, because they are already ripe for harvest. 36 The reaper is getting paid and is gathering grain for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may rejoice together. 37 Indeed in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap a harvest for which you did no hard work. Others have done the hard work, and you have benefitted from their labor.” 39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony: “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them. And he stayed there two days. 41 Many more believed because of his message. 42 They told the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said. Now we have heard for ourselves. And we know that this really is the Savior of the world.”

Has this ever happened to you? Your supervisor at work assigns you to take on extra work to complete a big project. You spend lots of extra hours getting everything done. Because of your efforts the project is a big success. But then the company president gives all the credit to your supervisor for a job well done. Your name never even gets mentioned. It seems so unfair. You did all the work and someone else got all the credit. Why should you try your best on future projects if someone else is going to get all the attention for work you did?

In the last section of John’s Gospel, Jesus met with a woman at the well outside the town of Sychar. Through Jesus’ testimony the woman believed that Jesus is the promised Savior of the world. The woman couldn’t keep the good news to herself. She went back into town and told everyone about what Jesus told her. The people wanted to know more. According to John, the people came out to hear more about Jesus. They invited him to stay for two days. By the end of that time they also believed that Jesus is the true Savior of the world.

During those two days Jesus’ disciples probably had many opportunities to tell what they had already learned about Jesus. They didn’t need to worry that someone was going to slam the door in their face or tell them what a foolish message they were sharing. The people of Sychar wanted to learn more about Jesus. Jesus had done the hard work through his testimony to the woman. The disciples had the opportunity to share in the harvest of souls made ready for the Kingdom of God.

Our Lord has given all of us the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20. “Therefore go and gather disciples from all nations by baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and by teaching them to keep all the instructions I have given you. And surely I am with you always until the end of the age.” Sometimes we will have the opportunity to share Jesus with someone who has never heard the good news of our Savior before. We may not always see the fruits of our labor. Someone else may later share the good news again that will finally lead that person to faith. Other times we may be the person who builds on someone else’s work of leading an unbeliever to know Jesus. As Christians, we shouldn’t be jealous that someone else got the credit for work we did. When we don’t see the results of the work we did in Jesus’ name, we can still rejoice that God has promised his Word never returns to him empty. It always accomplishes the purpose he sent it to achieve. (Isaiah 55:11) We ought to thank our Lord for the privilege to share in the work of making disciples of all nations.

Discussion Questions

1 – In verse 32 Jesus told his disciples he already had food to eat. What food was he talking about?
Jesus’ food was to do the will of his heavenly Father and complete the work he was sent to do. (See verse 34.)

2 – How does the food Jesus spoke of also provide us with spiritual refreshment?
Jesus’ food also becomes the food of his disciples. We desire to reach lost souls with the good news of Jesus Christ. God’s people find great joy to sharing in the work of our Lord. The more we share the good news of Jesus, the more our own faith in Jesus is also strengthened.

3 – What did Jesus mean when he told his disciples in verse 38 “I sent you to reap a harvest for which you did no hard work?”
Jesus had already done the hard work of sharing his message with the Samaritan woman. She had gone back to town and shared what she had heard with others. May people from Sychar now came to hear more about Jesus. This would give the disciples an audience to share the good news of what Jesus had done in their lives. The process continues today. Sometimes we will have the chance to sow the seed of the Gospel. Other times we will have the chance to bring in the harvest of souls won through continual sharing of the Gospel.

4 – What were the results of Jesus’ testimony to the Samaritan woman and her testimony to the people of her hometown?
Jesus’ testimony led the woman to believe she had found the promised Messiah. Her testimony led the people to come to Jesus so they could learn more from him. After two days of testimony from Jesus they were fully convinced he was their Savior.

If you have any questions about the Word of God we studied in this lesson please contact Pastor Greg Tobison. You can send your questions to revgtobison@gmail.com.

The Gospel of John – Lesson 8 – John 4:1-26

Jesus found out that the Pharisees had heard he was making and baptizing more disciples than John, 2 though it was not Jesus himself who was baptizing but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back again to Galilee. 4 He had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the piece of land Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there. Then Jesus, being tired from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (His disciples had gone into town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 “Sir,” she said, “you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do you get this living water? 12 You are not greater than our father Jacob, are you? He gave us this well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his animals.” 13 Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I will give him will never be thirsty ever again. Rather, the water I will give him will become in him a spring of water, bubbling up to eternal life.” 15 “Sir, give me this water,” the woman said to him, “so I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” 16 Jesus told her, “Go, call your husband, and come back here.” 17 “I have no husband,” the woman answered. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say, ‘I have no husband.’ 18 In fact, you have had five husbands, and the man you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 “Sir,” the woman replied, “I see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you Jews insist that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will not worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews. 23 But a time is coming and now is here when the real worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for those are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (the one called Christ). “When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I, the one speaking to you, am he.”

Jesus and his disciples were on a journey from Judea to Galilee. Verse 4 of our reading said Jesus “had to go through Samaria.” It wasn’t that there was no other route Jesus could have taken. Many Jewish people would take a longer route to avoid passing through Samaritan land. It was necessary for Jesus to pass through Samaria for a different reason. That reason became evident as Jesus stopped by a well in the town of Sychar.

Jesus’ disciples went in to town to buy food while Jesus stopped to rest at a well on a plot of land Jacob had given to his son Joseph centuries earlier. (See Genesis 48:22) While Jesus was resting a woman from town came to draw water from the well. It would be hard to find two individuals with less in common than Jesus and the woman from Sychar. Jesus is the sinless Son of God. The woman’s sins against the Sixth Commandment (You shall not commit adultery) were obvious for everyone to see. She also wasn’t showing any signs of repentance. Jesus was born to Jewish parents. The woman was a Samaritan. Jews and Samaritans had a long-standing hatred for each other. As Jesus stopped to rest at Jacob’s well and the woman arrived to get some water, there seemed to be no reason why the two of them should have anything to say to each other.

But this woman was part of the reason why Jesus had to go through Samaria. Rather than ignoring her, Jesus took advantage of the one thing they did have in common. In doing so he showed a lost and condemned sinner the only way to eternal life. Both Jesus and the woman needed water. Jesus began his work by simply asking the woman to give him a drink. As you read the conversation between the two in our Bible lesson, notice how Jesus masterfully worked the conversation to show the woman her sinful life and to show her that she had a great need for the “living water” that only he could provide. As Jesus said “The water I will give him will become in him a spring of water, bubbling up to eternal life.” The living water Jesus provides is the good news that he is our Savior, who washes away our sins with his own precious blood and gives eternal life to all who trust in him as their Savior. This living water quenches our souls thirst for forgiveness of sins, eternal life and salvation. When we drink of the good news of Jesus and believe we will never need anything else to be saved.

It would have been easy for Jesus to take another route on the road to Galilee. But his love for lost souls made it necessary for him to go through Samaria. We’ll see the results of Jesus’ work at Sychar in our next lesson. As we read this portion of God’s Word, let us see how our Savior daily works in us through his Word. His Law shows us that our guilt was no less than the woman at Jacob’s well. His Gospel is the living water that quenches our thirsting souls with the good news of our salvation. Let us drink deeply of that living water daily and be filled up to eternal life.

Discussion Questions

1 – Jesus was thirsty. How did he use his need for water to turn his discussion with the woman at the well to spiritual matters?
Jesus and the Samaritan woman both needed water. This gave Jesus a natural place to start a conversation. From there it was an easy matter for him to switch the discussion from water for the physical body to water for the spiritual body. He talked about giving the woman a drink of living water. This intrigued her because she didn’t understand how Jesus could get water without something to draw it from the well with. Now that he had her full attention he could proceed with his discussion about living water.

2 – What is the living water Jesus spoke of?
Jesus Christ is the living water. Several prophesies in the Old Testament describe the promised Messiah in such a way. (See Psalm 42:1, Isaiah 49:10, Jeremiah 2:13) He is the water of life because he provides the only way to eternal life in heaven.

3 – In what way do those who drink of this living water never thirst again?
Jesus provides everything we need for eternal life. His sacrifice on the cross took away all our sins. His resurrection from the dead defeated the power of sin, death and the devil once and for all. We don’t need to add anything to what Jesus already did perfectly. We simply trust in him as our only Savior and we can be sure our way to heaven is certain.

4 – How did Jesus show the Samaritan woman her need for the living water?
He showed this woman her sins of adultery. She had no way to cover her sinful life. She needed the salvation that only he could bring her.

If you have any questions about the Word of God we studied in this lesson please contact Pastor Greg Tobison. You can send your questions to revgtobison@gmail.com.

The Gospel of John – Lesson 7 – John 3:22-36

22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside where he spent some time with them and was baptizing. 23 John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. People kept coming and were being baptized, 24 for John had not been thrown into prison yet. 25 Then an argument broke out between John’s disciples and a certain Jew about purification. 26 His disciples came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, about whom you testified—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him!” 27 John answered, “A man cannot receive a single thing, unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves are witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent ahead of him.’ 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. But the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and listens for him, is overjoyed when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.” 31 The one who comes from above is superior to everyone. The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in a way that belongs to the earth. The one who comes from heaven is superior to everyone. 32 He testifies about what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. 33 The one who has received his testimony has certified that God is true. 34 In fact, the one whom God has sent speaks God’s words, for God gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has put everything in his hands. 36 The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who rejects the Son will not see life; instead, God’s wrath remains on him.

It’s just not fair. I worked so hard and this is all I get for my efforts. On the surface it would seem that John the Baptist had every right to feel that way. He’d given his best working daily in the wilderness of Judea preparing people’s hearts for the coming Savior. He didn’t hesitate to proclaim a message of repentance even among those who had the power to put him in prison or even take his life. (Example: King Herod) Now that the Savior arrived it seemed that John was being pushed into the background. The big crowds that once followed him were now turning to Jesus. The crowds coming to John were getting smaller.

But John wasn’t saddened by what was happening. In fact his heart was glad. John was a powerful messenger of God. Jesus even said in Matthew 11:11, “Amen I tell you: Among those born of women there has not appeared anyone greater than John the Baptist.” But John knew that he was still a sinful human being. He couldn’t do anything to earn his own salvation, much less save anyone else. He wasn’t even worthy to do even the humblest acts of service for his Lord. (See Matthew 3:11) John was glad for the arrival of the Savior God promised to send. Jesus was here for John’s salvation and for the salvation of all people (including us). It was necessary for the people to turn toward Jesus. It was necessary now that Jesus’ public ministry had begun that he must become greater and that John must become less. (See verse 30) The people needed to hear Jesus’ message and believe that he is the true Son of God and the Savior God promised to send.

Instead of feeling angry or jealous that the crowds following him were getting smaller, John kept on carrying out the role God gave him. He kept on pointing people to Jesus. There is some debate whether the words of verses 31-36 were spoken by John the Baptist or the apostle John whom God divinely inspired to write the Gospel of John. In the end, it really doesn’t matter. Both men continued to serve in their God-given role of pointing people to Jesus as long as God gave them the strength to do so. Both proclaimed that eternal life in heaven comes only through faith in Jesus Christ. Without Jesus we remain under God’s wrath and judgment.

Not long after the events of our lesson, John the Baptist was cast into prison. His time of public ministry ended. Not long after, John would die a martyr’s death. But no matter what his situation was, John continued his mission to point people to the Savior. He was faithful to the very end and now he enjoys eternal life with his Lord in heaven. We pray that our Lord would continue to give us strength to carry out whatever mission he gives us no matter what hardships we face. We believe that Jesus has already completed his mission to save us. Like John, an eternal reward is waiting for us through faith in Jesus.

Discussion Questions

1 – What complaint did John’s followers have concerning Jesus?
Before Jesus came along huge crowds were coming to John the Baptist to be baptized and to hear him preach. But now that Jesus was also preaching and baptizing he was attracting the bigger crowds. The crowds coming to see John were getting smaller. It didn’t seem right to them that John had worked so hard and now everyone was seemingly turning their back on him.

2 – How did John answer his disciples?
John knew that his role was to prepare the way for Jesus by calling people to repent of their sins and trust in the Savior God was about to provide. Now the Savior had come. John could not help but be glad that people were now going to Jesus. John confessed again he was not the Christ. He could not save anyone. Only Jesus could bring forgiveness of sins and eternal life in heaven.

3 – What does John’s answer say to us when we become jealous of others who seem to have greater gifts and enjoy greater success in service to the Lord?
We are not here to bring glory to ourselves. We are God’s servants. Our goal is to give glory to God by pointing people to Jesus as their Savior. If someone else seems to be enjoying greater success than we do in this work we should be glad. God is being glorified by their work as he is being glorified by our work. In the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30 one servant was given five talents and another was given two. The one who had five talents served God faithfully by earning five more. The one with two talents worked hard and earned two more talents. In the end the master (God) commended both of them for their faithful service. As God’s people we should faithfully serve our Lord with whatever gifts he has given us. We should give thanks for our opportunities to serve and for the co-workers in Christ who serve along with us.

If you have any questions about the Word of God we studied in this lesson please contact Pastor Greg Tobison. You can send your questions to revgtobison@gmail.com.

The Gospel of John – Lesson 6 – John 3:1-21

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these miraculous signs you are doing unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus replied, “Amen, Amen, I tell you: Unless someone is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” 5 Jesus answered, “Amen, Amen, I tell you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God! 6 Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh. Whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be surprised when I tell you that you must be born from above. 8 The wind blows where it pleases. You hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9 “How can these things be?” asked Nicodemus. 10 “You are the teacher of Israel,” Jesus answered, “and you do not know these things? 11 Amen, Amen, I tell you: We speak what we know, and we testify about what we have seen. But you people do not accept our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven, except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven. 14 “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 The one who believes in him is not condemned, but the one who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. 19 This is the basis for the judgment: The light has come into the world, yet people loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. 20 In fact, everyone who practices wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, or else his deeds would be exposed. 21 But the one who does what is true comes toward the light, in order that his deeds may be seen as having been done in connection with God.”

Nicodemus was an important man among the Jews. He was a member of the Jewish ruling council (also known as the Sanhedrin). He also believed that Jesus was a teacher sent by God. The miracles Jesus was doing clearly proved this. Nicodemus wanted to learn more about Jesus. But most of his fellow members of the Sanhedrin rejected Jesus. If Nicodemus wanted to know more about Jesus he needed to come to him secretly under the cover of darkness.

Nicodemus quickly found out he had more to learn than he expected. Jesus wasn’t merely a teacher sent from God. Jesus is the Son of God in the flesh. There is no other way to eternal life expect through faith in Jesus. To have this faith a person needed to be “born from above.” Only the Holy Spirit can work such faith in our hearts. The means the Spirit uses is water (Baptism) and the Word.

Nicodemus was struggling with what Jesus was saying, so Jesus took him to the Holy Scriptures to explain. He used the account of Moses and the bronze snake. When Israel rebelled against God in the wilderness, God sent poisonous snakes into the camp. Many Israelites died. When the people cried out to God for mercy, the Lord took pity on them. He ordered Moses to construct a bronze snake and put it on a pole. Then he ordered all the Israelites to look at the snake. Those who trusted God and did what he said would live. Those who did not would die.

The people of Israel didn’t realize it at the time, but the bronze snake was a symbol that pointed ahead to Christ. Jesus explained the connection. Those who trusted God’s promise concerning the bronze snake lived. Jesus foretold the time was coming soon that he would be lifted up like the bronze snake. Jesus would be nailed to a cross as God’s own sacrifice for the sins of the world. God made this sacrifice because of his undeserved love for us. Because he loves us he doesn’t want us to be condemned to the eternal fires of hell. He wants us to be saved and have eternal life in heaven. According to God’s own promise, those who look to Jesus and believe will have eternal life. Those who do not believe will be eternally condemned.

Did Nicodemus believe what Jesus said? On the day Jesus died, a man named Joseph from Arimathea requested permission to take the body of Jesus and place it in his own tomb. John 19 tells us that Nicodemus came with him with spices to prepare the body of Jesus for burial. Nicodemus no longer needed to come to Jesus in secret. By his actions he openly confessed his devotion to Jesus. He no longer feared those who opposed Jesus. We praise God for the gift of faith in Jesus Christ. Through this saving faith we also have no reason to fear. Jesus has overcome sin, death and the devil for us. We look to Jesus in faith knowing that in him we will not perish, but have eternal life.

Discussion Questions

1 – On the surface, Jesus’ answer in verse 3 seemed to ignore Nicodemus’ original statement. What was Jesus trying to teach Nicodemus?
Nicodemus recognized Jesus was a great teacher sent from God. Jesus responded by teaching Nicodemus the most important message of all. Nicodemus needed to learn the way to eternal life was not through striving to keep the commands of God’s Law. He needed to learn the only way to eternal life was Jesus Christ.

2 – What shortcomings did Jesus reveal about Nicodemus’ knowledge of the Holy Scriptures?
Nicodemus undoubtedly knew the Holy Scriptures very well. But he didn’t understand that the Holy Scriptures pointed to Jesus. He also didn’t understand that the only way to eternal life was through faith in Jesus as his Savior.

3 – Verse 16 is one of the best known verses in the Bible. What does Jesus teach us in these words?
In the previous verse, Jesus used the well-known example of Moses lifting up the snake in the wilderness. When the Israelites rebelled against God, the Lord sent poisonous snakes into the camp. Thousands died as a result. When the people cried out in repentance, the Lord instructed Moses to make a snake from bronze and put it on a pole. Everyone who looked at the snake would be saved. In the same way Jesus foretold how he would be lifted up on the cross as the one sacrifice for all-time for our salvation. This sacrifice shows God’s amazing love for us. This love caused him to sacrifice his own Son. Whoever believes in Jesus Christ as their only Savior will be forgiven of their sins and receive eternal life in heaven. God proves that his love for us is undeserved. He loved us despite our countless sins against him. His love is unconditional. He loves us because he chooses to love us. His love is unchanging. There will never be a time when God’s love for us in Christ will ever run out.

4 – Today many people call themselves “born again Christians.” What does Jesus teach us about someone who is truly born again?
A literal translation of Jesus’ words in John 3:3 is “Amen, amen I say to you, unless someone is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” By saying “amen” twice Jesus emphasized the solemn truth of his words. To have eternal life someone must believe in Jesus Christ as their only Savior. This faith cannot happen by a human decision. Such faith must come from above. As Jesus explained in verse 5, we must be born of water and the Spirit. Water and Spirit do not refer to two separate experiences. The Holy Spirit enters us through the waters of Baptism and fills us with saving faith in Jesus. We no longer look to ourselves to be right with God. We put our trust fully in Jesus Christ.

If you have any questions about the Word of God we studied in this lesson please contact Pastor Greg Tobison. You can send your questions to revgtobison@gmail.com.


The Gospel of John – Lesson 5 – John 2:12-25

12 After this, he went down to Capernaum with his mother, brothers, and disciples and they stayed there for a few days. 13 The Jewish Passover was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and money changers sitting at tables. 15 He made a whip of cords and drove everyone out of the temple courts, along with the sheep and oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those selling doves he said, “Get these things out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a place of business!” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 So the Jews responded, “What sign are you going to show us to prove you can do these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again.” 20 The Jews said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple! And you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But Jesus was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When Jesus was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this. Then they believed the Scripture and what Jesus had said. 23 While he was in Jerusalem for the Passover Festival, many believed in his name as they observed the miraculous signs he was doing. 24 But Jesus, on his part, was not entrusting himself to them, because he knew them all. 25 He did not need anyone to testify about man, because he himself knew what was in man.

Passover was an important time for the Jewish people. All Jewish males 12 years and older were supposed to come to Jerusalem for the celebration. Often the rest of the family would come with them. This meant plenty of opportunities for people in Jerusalem to make some money. Those coming from out of town would need to purchase a year-old lamb for the Passover feast. They would need animals to sacrifice on the altar. Foreign visitors would need to change money so they could pay the temple tax in Jewish currency. What better place to set up shop to provide these important services than the temple courts?

On the surface this might have sounded like a good idea. But let’s consider the consequences. Just imagine what it would be like to come to church on Sunday morning and there are tables set up everywhere with people trying to sell something. Naturally there would be lots of noise and people try to get your attention to come to their table. How well would you be able to concentrate on worshipping your Lord in that kind of environment? The temple in Jerusalem was the special place of worship for the Jewish people. The temple was constructed according to God’s demands given at Mt. Sinai during the time of Moses. God also laid out special instruction for those leading worship at the temple and for those who came there to worship. But now, these merchants had turned God’s house into a marketplace. The focus was now on making money and not on worshipping God. Jesus needed to take corrective action. As the Son of God he quickly took total control of the situation. He drove all the sellers out of the temple. No one was able to withstand his righteous wrath. All this happened to fulfill the words of Psalm 69:9, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

The leaders of the Jews were outraged. They demanded to know what authority Jesus had to cause such an uproar. Jesus responded that he would “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again.” John provides the added insight that Jesus was pointing ahead to his death and resurrection. He would fulfill everything the Holy Scriptures promised about the Messiah. In doing so, Jesus proved he is the Son of God and therefore he had the authority to restore proper order in the house of the Lord.

Clearly the leaders of the Jesus didn’t understand what Jesus was saying at the time. Sometimes we also don’t fully understand everything our Lord is saying to us in his Word. In those times, may we also follow the disciple’s example by remembering his Word and searching the Scriptures for understanding. Remember the Bible is God’s message to us. He wants us to understand his Word. Let us continue to search his message daily and pray that he will give us understanding of what he is teaching us.

Discussion Questions

1 – Why was it necessary for Jesus to drive out those who were transacting business in the temple courts?
The temple in the Jerusalem was a place to go and worship the Lord. Those who were selling animals and exchanging currency had turned this place of worship into a marketplace. Worshipping God had been replaced by pursuing worldly wealth. It was necessary for Jesus to intervene to restore the proper use of God’s house.

2 – What does Jesus teach us about proper respect for the house of the Lord?
Church is meant to be a place to worship the Lord and to be fed by his Word and the Sacraments. Certainly it is permissible to use the church building for other activities, but we should not allow any activities in the church that would distract from our main focus, which is continuing to grow in the good news of Jesus Christ.

3 – What sign did Jesus give to prove he had the authority to clear all the merchants out of the temple?
Jesus promised to destroy this temple (referring to his body) and raise it again in three days. Jesus was pointing ahead to his death and resurrection. In this way Jesus would again prove that he is the Son of God. As true God he has full authority over all things. Therefore he had every right to drive out those who were using God’s temple for sinful purposes.

4 – A pastor once said, “Bible study often bears fruit long after the Bible is closed.” What did he mean by this? (Consider verse 22)
Jesus’ disciples didn’t understand Jesus’ promise to “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days” at the time he first spoke the words. But after Jesus rose from the dead they understood that he was foretelling his resurrection. This served to strengthen their trust in God’s promises in the Holy Scriptures. God can also use the Word we studied to bring to strengthen and comfort us days, months or even years later. God promises that when his Word goes out from his mouth it will always achieve the purpose God intended. (See Isaiah 55:11) God can and will achieve that purpose in the time he chooses.

If you have any questions about the Word of God we studied in this lesson please contact Pastor Greg Tobison. You can send your questions to revgtobison@gmail.com.

The Gospel of John – Lesson 4 – John 2:1-11

1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” 11What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples put their faith in him.

If you’ve ever helped plan a wedding you know there are a lot of details to be worked out. Who will officiate at the wedding? Who will be in the wedding party? Where will the reception be? Who will be on the guest list? Those who plan the wedding want everything to be just right. It would be embarrassing if some important detail was missed.

Those who planned the wedding at Cana in our Bible reading today experienced one of those really embarrassing moments. They ran out of wine. Now remember in those days they didn’t have the large selection of beverages that we enjoy today. Wine was a staple item in meals at the time. To run out of wine at a wedding banquet was a big problem. When Jesus’ mother became aware of the situation she took the problem to her son. Mary knew Jesus was no ordinary young man. He is the true Son of God and the promised Savior of the world. If anyone could help solve this embarrassing matter it was Jesus.

Jesus’s answer might seem a little unusual or perhaps even disrespectful to his mother. But Jesus had an important lesson to teach Mary. He was her son but he was also her Lord. His mission in this world was to fulfill everything needed to complete God’s plan for our salvation. Mary needed to understand that everything Jesus did was not according to her will but rather according to the will of his heavenly Father.

Mary seemed to understand this. She put her trust in her Son and left everything in his hands. Her trust was well placed. Jesus miraculously provided a good quantity of fine wine for the remainder of the wedding banquet. Why did Jesus do this amazing miracle? The answer comes in the closing verse of our reading. This was the first miracle recorded miracle of Jesus. This miracle accomplished more than provide for the earthly needs of those at the wedding banquet. Through this miracle Jesus proved that he is the true Son of God. His disciples witnessed what Jesus had done and they believed the truth about him. This miraculous sign is also recorded in the Holy Scriptures that we can also put our faith in Jesus as our Savior.

Discussion Questions

1 – How did Mary show her trust in Jesus?
She showed her trust in two ways. When she became aware of the shortage of wine at the wedding banquet she took the matter directly to Jesus. She didn’t make any demands of him. She simply told her Son what had happened and trusted he would know what to do. When Jesus didn’t immediately indicate he would help, Mary showed her trust again. She didn’t press the matter with Jesus any further. She left the matter in his hands after directing the servants to do whatever Jesus told them to do.

2 – Some people have voiced concerns that Jesus provided so much wine (about 120-180 gallons). What do we need to remember when we evaluate Jesus gift?
First we need to remember that wedding banquets at that time lasted several days. We don’t know how many days were left to the banquet or how many guests were present. We can’t say that Jesus provided too much wine without knowing all the details. We also need to remember that every gift God gives us is a good gift. If people use God’s good gifts for evil purposes (such as getting drunk and disorderly) that is the fault of sinful human beings and not the fault of God.

3 – What can we learn about Jesus from this miracle?
We can first of all see that God is concerned for our daily needs. Running out of supplies at a wedding might seem like too small of a matter to bring to our Lord. Remember the words of 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you.” Our Lord cares about us and all our needs, big and small. He may not always give us a miracle answer, but he will always help us in the way that is best. Also remember his goal in all things is that we believe in him as our Savior so that we may have eternal life in his name. Jesus used this miracle, and everything he does to lead us to put our trust in him.

If you have any questions about the Word of God we studied in this lesson please contact Pastor Greg Tobison. You can send your questions to revgtobison@gmail.com.

The Gospel of John – Lesson 3 – John 1:35-51

35 The next day, John was standing there again with two of his disciples. 36 When John saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look! The Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 When Jesus turned around and saw them following him, he asked, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” 39 He told them, “Come, and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying. They stayed with him that day. It was about the tenth hour. 40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his own brother Simon and say to him, “We have found the Messiah!” (Which is translated “the Christ”). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Looking at him, Jesus said, “You are Simon, son of Jonah. You will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”). 43 The next day, Jesus wanted to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” “Come and see!” Philip told him. 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said about him, “Truly, here is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” 48 Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, while you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus replied, “You believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that!” 51 Then he added, “Amen, Amen, I tell you: You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

What do you want from Jesus? That was the question Jesus put before the two disciples of John the Baptist. John had just pointed them to Jesus and called him the “Lamb of God.” In other words this was the Messiah God had promised ever since Adam and Eve fell into sin in the early days of the world. It’s not surprising that these two men would want to follow Jesus and learn more about the one who came in fulfillment to everything the Holy Scriptures testified about.

But, how would they answer Jesus when he turned and asked them “What are you looking for?” As the Son of God, Jesus already knows all our thoughts, needs and desires. His question was meant to get these two men to take a look into their own hearts to see what were they looking for in a Savior. Were they looking for someone to deliver them from the Roman Empire that ruled over them? Were they looking for help through some personal difficulty? Were they looking for someone to make their lives prosperous?

Their answer was a good one. These two men had much to learn about Jesus and the work he came to do. Instead of making demands of Jesus they simply said, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” They put the focus on Jesus. They simply wanted to go with him and learn from him. This should be our focus as Jesus’ disciples today. Jesus still extends his invitation to “Come and see.” We can come and see Jesus whenever we look to the Holy Scriptures. Jesus said later in John 5:39, “These are the Scriptures that testify about me.” Let us sit at his feet as his Word is proclaimed and learn from him as he testifies the wonderful saving truth that he is our Savior and our way to eternal life.

The two disciples weren’t disappointed. We don’t know what Jesus said to them the rest of the day. But we can see the results the next day. Andrew went and found his brother, Simon Peter and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” (Which is translated “the Christ.”) The words Messiah and Christ both literally mean “the anointed one.” Andrew still had much to learn. But what he had seen and heard from Jesus fully convinced him that Jesus is the one sent from God according to the promises of the Holy Scriptures.

Through Andrew’s testimony, Peter also began to follow Jesus. The next day Jesus called Philip to follow him. Philip called to Nathanael to follow as well. Nathanael was skeptical at first that the Messiah could come from a small, out of the way place like Nazareth. But Philip simply put the focus back on Jesus. He could never change Nathanael’s heart by his own arguments. He invited Nathanael to come and see Jesus for himself. He trusted the Son of God could work in the heart of someone who didn’t trust him. Philip’s trust was well placed. Jesus gave Nathanael exactly what he needed to see. Nathanael also testified that Jesus is the Son of God. As we do the work of Jesus’ disciples we remember that it is not our work to change people’s hearts. We simply bring them to see Jesus through his Word. We trust that God himself will work the change in people’s hearts just as he did with Nathanael and with us.

Discussion Questions

1 – Why was Nathanael skeptical about Jesus at first?”
Nathanael was focused only on outward appearances. Jesus was from Nazareth. Nazareth was a small, seemingly unimportant community. Nathanael reasoned that the promised Messiah must come from a much more prominent place.

2 – Philip didn’t try to argue with Nathanael when he said nothing good could come from Nazareth. He simply asked him to come and meet Jesus. What can we learn from Philip for those times when we share Jesus with someone who is skeptical?
We cannot bring someone to faith by our human arguments. Only the Holy Spirit can change hearts. We simply bring people to Jesus through his Word and trust that the Holy Spirit will work through the Word to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ.

3 – Jesus showed Nathanael one miracle. He promised that Nathanael would see even greater things. What greater things would Jesus show him?
Jesus’ words refer back to Genesis 28:12. As Jacob slept in the wilderness after fleeing from his vengeful brother Esau, the Lord showed him a vision of the heavens opened and a great stairway reaching from heaven to earth. Angels of God were ascending and descending on it. Nathanael would see the heavens opened through Jesus. Jesus is the stairway to heaven. He came to open the way to eternal life by his life, death and resurrection. Nathanael would see the fulfillment of this promise. He would also share in the work of proclaiming what Jesus had done so that the way to eternal life would be opened to others through faith in Jesus.

If you have any questions about the Word of God we studied in this lesson please contact Pastor Greg Tobison. You can send your questions to revgtobison@gmail.com.

The Gospel of John – Lesson 2 – John 1:19-34

19 This is the testimony John gave when the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed and did not deny. He confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “Who are you then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” “No,” he answered. 22 Then they asked him, “Who are you? Tell us so we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ just as Isaiah the prophet said.” 24 They had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 So they asked John, “Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, or Elijah, or the Prophet?” 26 “I baptize with water,” John answered. “Among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things happened in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. 29 The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘The one coming after me outranks me because he existed before me.’ 31 I myself did not know who he was, but I came baptizing with water so that he would be revealed to Israel.” 32 John also testified, “I saw the Spirit descend like a dove from heaven and remain on him. 33 I myself did not recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I saw this myself and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

John was drawing a lot of attention to himself. John’s powerful teaching in the wilderness of Judea led many people to wonder if he might be the promised Messiah. (See Luke 3:15) John immediately made it clear that he was not the Christ. Some people wondered if he might be the “Prophet” promised by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15. But the Prophet Moses spoke of was also the promised Messiah so John again answered “no.” They wondered if he might be Elijah. Malachi 4:5 promised God would send Elijah before the coming of the Lord. John again answered “no.” This point raised some questions since Jesus identified John the Baptist as the fulfillment of the promise that Elijah would come. (See Matthew 11:14) Why would John say that he wasn’t Elijah? Many of the Jews were expecting that Elijah would actually return to the world in the flesh. John’s answer indicates that he was not Elijah in the flesh. Luke 1:17 further testified about John, “He will go on before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” John finally testified about himself that he was the fulfillment of God’s promise in Isaiah 40:3. He was God’s messenger to prepare the way for the promised Savior.

John didn’t have to wait long to point the way to Jesus. The day after John identified who he was, he saw Jesus coming. John identified Jesus as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (Verse 29) All the lambs sacrificed on the altar at the temple in Jerusalem pointed ahead to God’s own sacrificial lamb. Jesus came to do what no human sacrifice could accomplish. Only the sinless Son of God was a sufficient sacrifice to make full atonement for your sins and mine and the sins of all people for all time.

John also made an amazing confession in verses 31 and 33. John was sent to prepare the way for Jesus and yet he admitted twice that he did not have the ability to recognize Jesus on his own. This testimony reminds us that we could not come to believe in Jesus as our Savior by our own abilities. Saving faith in Jesus Christ is a gift only God can give us. 1 Corinthians 12:3 said “No one can say “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.” We give all praise, honor and glory to our Lord that he has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit through Holy Baptism so that we know and believe that Jesus is our Savior and the only way to eternal life.

Discussion Questions

1- What things did John make clear about himself?
He made it clear that he was not the Christ. He was God’s messenger to prepare the hearts of the people for Jesus, who was about to begin his public ministry. John also gave all glory to his Savior. Jesus alone was able to save us from our sins. John testified he was personally unworthy to offer even the humblest acts of service to his Lord. It was only by the grace of God that he was enabled to do the important task he was given.

2 – What did John teach us about how we come to know Jesus?
John made it clear that he would not have known Jesus as the promised Savior, if God had not revealed this truth to him. This testifies to us that we only come to know Jesus through the gift of the Holy Spirit. (See 1 Corinthians 12:3)

3 – What did John say about Jesus’ work?
John indicated that Jesus would “baptize with the Holy Spirit.” (Verse 33) This does not diminish the value of the baptism that John performed in any way. John was simply highlighting the greater importance of Jesus and his work. Jesus promised that after he ascended into heaven he would send the Holy Spirit. (See John 14:15-17, 26 and John 16:7-15) The Holy Spirit teaches us through Word and Sacrament the truth that Jesus brings forgiveness of sins, life and salvation to all who trust in him as their Savior.

If you have any questions about the Word of God we studied in this lesson please contact Pastor Greg Tobison. You can send your questions to revgtobison@gmail.com.

The Gospel of John – Lesson 1 – John 1:1-18

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him everything was made, and without him not one thing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. 5 The light is shining in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man, sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as an eyewitness to testify about the light so that everyone would believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. 9 The real light that shines on everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to what was his own, yet his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who did receive him, to those who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They were born, not of blood, or of the desire of the flesh, or of a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and dwelled among us. We have seen his glory, the glory he has as the only-begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John testified about him. He cried out, “This was the one I spoke about when I said, ‘The one coming after me outranks me because he existed before me.’” 16 For out of his fullness we have all received grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. The only-begotten Son, who is close to the Father’s side, has made him known.

Who is the “Word” that John speaks of in verse 1? As we continue reading this opening portion of the Gospel of John it becomes clear the Word is Jesus Christ. Jesus isn’t given this title anywhere else in the Bible. Why would John call Jesus “The Word?” Let’s remember the Bible is God’s Word. God speaks directly to us in the pages of the Holy Scriptures. God teaches us many things in the Holy Scriptures, but the central message is God’s promise to send a Savior who would free us from our sins and give the gift of eternal life in heaven to all who trust in him. Jesus is the Savior that God promised. The Word is a perfect title for Jesus because he is the fulfillment of everything God promised in his Word. The opening verses of the Gospel of John reveal some important truths about the Word (Jesus). We’ll discuss those truths as we continue with this lesson.

The first truth we learn about Jesus is that he is God. Notice John 1:1 said “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Some have tried to translate this verse “the Word was a god.” In doing so they are trying to make Jesus out to be something less than God. Let’s look at what the rest of Scripture says about Jesus. Isaiah 7:14 pointed ahead to the coming Savior. This verse gives the Savior the name “Immanuel.” This is a name that means “God with us.” Jesus is also called God many other places in the Bible. Some examples are Matthew 1:23, John 20:28, Romans 9:5, Philippians 2:5-6 and 1 John 5:20.

Verses 2 & 3 further emphasize that Jesus is God. “He was with God in the beginning. Through him everything was made, and without him not one thing was made that has been made.” Genesis 1:1 tells us “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” God existed before anything else. At the beginning of time God brought everything into existence. God’s Son was with his Father and shared in the work of creation. There was no part of creation that the Son of God did not participate in. Jesus is true God. He always has been God and he always will be God.

Verse 4 describes Jesus as “the life.” Ephesians 2:1 tells us “You were dead in your trespasses and sins.” We came into this world as sinful human beings. Sin has no place in God’s presence. Because of sin our future was death followed by an eternity of torment in hell. We had no ability to rid ourselves of our sins. We were unable to escape the eternal punishment sin earned for us. We truly were dead in sin. Jesus changed all that. Ephesians 2:4-5 said “But God, because he is rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in trespasses.” Jesus paid the debt of our sins for us when he sacrificed his life for us on the cross. Through faith is Jesus we have a new life with God that endures forever.

John 1:14 reveals another amazing truth about Jesus. “The Word became flesh and dwelled among us.” God is a personal God who desires to have a personal relationship with his people. But how could we hope to see God and have a relationship with God? In Exodus 34 Moses desired to see God face to face. But God told him “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” The reason for this is because we human beings are sinful. God is without sin. Nothing sinful can be in God’s presence. But God desired to change that. We couldn’t go up to God so God came down to us. God did not come to us in all his splendor and glory. God allowed himself to become human flesh and blood just like us so that he could live with us and do everything necessary for our salvation.

But this didn’t change who God is. John was one of Jesus’ closest followers. John testified that he and the other disciples Jesus called saw his glory. They saw his glory in the miracles he did and in his powerful teaching. They saw his glory as he completed his work as our Savior by his death on the cross and his resurrection from the grave. Jesus became human flesh and blood, but he always remained God.

The Word came to us full of grace and truth. Grace is a word that means undeserved love. God loves us not because of anything we did to deserve his love. Because we are sinners God should have wanted nothing to do with us. But God loves us because he chooses to love us. Because God loves us he sent his Son to us to be our Savior.

Jesus is also filled with truth. We could never fully comprehend the wisdom, power and love of God. Jesus came to us to reveal the truth about God to us. As we explore Jesus’ teachings in future lessons we will learn more about God’s grace and truth. For now we summarize by saying that God came down to us as human flesh and blood to make himself known to us. He came also to fulfill everything needed so that one day we will be able to go up to God and see him as he is and live forever with him in heaven.

Discussion Questions

1 – If John is writing about Jesus why didn’t he simply call him Jesus instead of using the name “The Word?”
As we study the Gospel of John we’ll see that the purpose of this portion of God’s Word is to teach us that Jesus was much more than a great human teacher. He is the true Son of God and the Savior God promised us. Calling Jesus the Word indicates that he is the one God promised to send. Jesus fulfills everything God promised about the Savior in his Word.

2 – What does verse 1 mean when it says “the Word was with God and the Word was God?”
The Bible confesses that God is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There is one God and yet three persons. We call God the “Triune God.” Triune is a word that means three in one. We cannot humanly explain how this is true. We simply trust what God has said to us.

3 – What did John mean in verse 15 when he said “He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me?”
John was born a few months before Jesus. In that sense Jesus did come after John. But John understood that Jesus is the true Son of God who has lived from eternity. He surpassed John in every way. He possesses all the characteristics of God. Jesus is eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful and present everywhere.

4 – What was the difference between the work of Moses and the work of Jesus?
Moses was God’s chosen messenger to reveal his law. On Mt. Sinai Moses received what we call the Ten Commandments. He also received many laws that were meant for the people of Israel before the coming of Christ. The law teaches us what God expects of us. But the law also shows that we are unable to keep God’s law according to God’s standards. Therefore we deserve God’s eternal wrath and punishment. Jesus revealed God’s grace and truth to us. He brought us the good news that God loved us so much the he sent his only Son to save us from our sins and to give eternal life in heaven to all who believe in him. We call this wonderful truth the Gospel. Gospel is a word that means good news. The good news that the Gospel brings is that we could not save ourselves so God completed our salvation for us in his Son, Jesus.

If you have any questions about the Word of God we studied in this lesson please contact Pastor Greg Tobison. You can send your questions to revgtobison@gmail.com.