The Gospel According to John
The Gospel of John begins by stating that God sent John the Baptist to identify Jesus Christ as the true Light and Savior. First Christ became a human being and lived here on earth among us and was full of loving forgiveness and truth(John 975). One day while John was baptizing in the Jordan River, Jesus approached to be baptized. Once He was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended from Heaven in the form of a dove and rested on Jesus. This sign told John that Jesus is the Son of God(John 977).
Jesus performs many miracles and still there are people who don't believe in him. First He turned water into wine(John 977-988). Second, Jesus healed the sick son of a Capernaum government official on account of his faith(John 981). The fourth miracle accomplished by Jesus was healing a man that had been sick for 38 years. After He healed him physically, He healed him spiritually and told the man to roll up his sleeping mat and go home. Jewish leaders became angry with Jesus for instructing the man to carry his mat, since it was considered working on the Sabbath(John 982). Fifth, Jesus fed 5,000 people using five loaves of bread and two fish. Even after this last miracle, many followed Jesus, not because they believed in Him, but because He had fed them(John 983).
Jesus' own brothers didn't believe in Him and made fun of Him saying, "Go where more people can see your miracles!" they scoffed. "You can't be famous when you hide like this! If you're so great, prove it to the world!"(John 984). The Pharisees convicted Jesus of blasphemy before He was even tried, because they said that Jesus couldn't be the Messiah, for He would have been born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, not of a carpenter in Nazareth(John 985). It is ironic that the very reason given that Jesus must not be the Messiah actually supports the fact that Jesus is the prophesied Messiah.
At the last supper, Jesus tells Judas that he will betray Him and Peter that he will deny even knowing Him three times before the cock crowed the next morning(John 993). Jesus then tells His disciples that He's going away soon to a place they cannot follow, but that He'll return and send the Holy Spirit to help them. Jesus prays for Himself and later while He and his disciples are in a grove of olive trees, He is arrested(John 997).
Pilate judges Jesus to be not guilty, but the Jews don't accept this, yelling, "Crucify Him!" Wishing not to cause trouble with the Jewish people or Caesar, he sent Jesus to be crucified(John 998). Joseph of Arimathea had been a secret disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jewish leaders, but boldly asked Pilate for permission to take Jesus' body down, which was granted(John 999). Nicodemus went with Joseph to use embalming ointment made from myrrh and aloes on Jesus before wrapping Him and placing Him in a new tomb. Two days later, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early Sunday morning and found the stone rolled away from the entrance. She returned with Peter and John who saw and believed that Jesus had risen(John 1000).
Jesus appears to His disciples and they receive the Holy Spirit. Thomas was the only one not present and so he couldn't believe it unless he could see Jesus himself. Eight days later, the disciples were together again, this time Thomas was present, and Jesus appeared to them. He offered to let Thomas place his finger in the nail wounds and hand in his side, but Thomas already believed from seeing. Later Jesus appeared to His disciples for the last time after Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, James, and John had been fishing all night with no luck and decided to go in. Jesus, from the shore, instructed them to cast their net on the right hand side, and when they did they couldn't draw the net in because of the weight of all the fish. As soon as Peter realized who had spoken to them from the shore, he swam to meet Jesus(John 1001). When the others arrived they dragged the net ashore and Peter counted 153...
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