The Gospel According to

St. John

King James Version


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John the Baptist (not to be confused with Saint John or John the Apostle) preached along the Jordan river and baptized followers in the river. He is described as a "man sent from God" who was "in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not ... as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God..." John foretold the coming of Jesus saying, "He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me." When the priests and Levites asked John who he was he replied: "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias." See John 1:6-34 Image Source

John Summary

The Gospel of John begins with the witness and affirmation of John the Baptist and concludes with the death, burial, resurrection, and post-resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ. It contains the most popular bible verse in the Bible, John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life", a quote from Jesus speaking to Nicodemus who was of the by-the-book Jewish sect of Pharisees who gave rise to the modern connotation of being a self-righteous person or a hypocrite. This verse has become celebrated as it represents a central to Christianity: that believing in Jesus and his Gospel of love and forgiveness provides a way for anyone, regardless of background or other circumstances, to achieve eternal life in heaven.

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  • For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    Jesus, John 3:16

Jesus and his disciples share a final supper in Jerusalem before Jesus is crucified. Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus is in the foreground. In John 13:1-20 Jesus tells the disciples "Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. After Peter says "I will lay down my life for thy sake." Jesus warns him: "The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice." The Last Supper serves as a scriptural basis for the Eucharist, also known as "Holy Communion" or "The Lord's Supper". See also Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-16:20 and Luke 22:7-38. Painted by Carl Heinrich Bloch before 1890. Image Source

John Chapter Summaries

John Chapter 4

The Women at the Well, (John 4:7-42) describes an incident when Jesus Christ meets an unmarried Samaritan women, who has some five lovers, at a well and convinces her He is the Messiah. Jesus' disciples are shocked that Jesus talks to both a Samaritan and a women in uncommitted relationships. Other Samaritans come to meet Jesus after hearing of Him from her and invite him to stay with them for a few days. They come to believe the Gospel of Jesus saying, "this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world."

Mary Magdalene is the first person to see Jesus after his resurrection in Mark 16:1-9 and John 20:11-18. Jesus tells Mary: "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Appearance of Jesus Christ to Maria Magdalena by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov (1835) Image Source


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