JOHN

The following comments are from Navigator's and Quiet Time Diary journals. One verse will be entered, then the comment, then the date.

1:1    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

    Before I even knew I would be studying John as my devotional for the next 11 weeks, I had been led to put a verse by verse description of this book on the web page! Why capitalize the "W"? First thought is God, then Jesus, then the realization that Jesus and God are the same. (DRM 12/3/2000)

1:2    He [Jesus] was in the beginning with God.

    The apostle John wrote this. How did he know this statement to be true? He was with Jesus for over three years. He watched all the miracles that Jesus did, including telling people of their past when they thought no one else knew (e.g. The woman at the well).
    Jesus conferred with Moses who lived 1500 years before He was "born" on earth.
    We have to have faith to believe this statement, but it only seems logical from the evidence given. (DRM 11/25/13)

1:3    All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

    Many people believe in God, but that doesn't get them to Heaven. Only Jesus' blood could make our way open.
    Jesus was with God at the beginning (v. 1), as He is a part of God's nature.
    In this verse we are told that Jesus was responsible for the creation of everything. There is no animal, plant, etc. that Jesus did not create - or allow to be created.
    Jesus and God are one and the same. (DRM 8/22/12)

1:4    In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

    This section of John tells us about Jesus, thus the Him in this verse is about Jesus. The life that He has is spiritual/resurrection life given to Him by His Father, God. For us to have a resurrected life in the future, we have to follow and place our trust in Him = Jesus.
    The life that Jesus had/has was what He shared when He was on earth 2,000 years ago. He showed us the Light in more ways than one. He showed us the direction to eternal life with the Father and He also was the Light that we need to follow. (DRM 8/6/15)

1:5    And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 

    I can think of two responses to this verse. Jesus was on earth physically and most people did not know He was here, so don't believe in Him. 
    As followers of Christ, we are to shine [glow, reflect His light] to the rest of the world by our actions and what we say. Actions speak louder than words. But I think both would be better. (DRM 2/1/04)

1:6    There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.

    Like Jesus, John the Baptists' parents Zacharias and Elizabeth were chosen by God and knew their son would be special before he was conceived (Luke 1:13-15).
    John the Baptist was related to Jesus (Luke 1:36) and was six months older. Unfortunately, also like Jesus, he died for preaching the gospel to people who didn't want to hear.
    When I was young, Christianity was an acceptable religion in USA, but, as time went by, most churches decided to follow the society trends and not the Bible. Now the trend of society seems to be the elimination of any remaining Christian believers in various ways. (DRM 3/23/15)

    The miraculous circumstances of John's birth are told in Luke 1:5-80. He was probably a cousin of Jesus (Luke 1:36), had the privilege to baptize Him (Matt. 3:13-15), and was imprisoned and later beheaded by Herod (14:1-12). His ministry is recorded in Matthew 3; 11:1-11; Mark 1:1-9; and Luke 3. Jesus said that of "those born of women" (i.e. those born by ordinary human birth), none is greater than John the Baptist (Matt. 11:11). (from Our Daily Bread, INSIGHT, 3/23/15)

1:7    He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.

    John the Baptist was a witness to tell others about Jesus. He made sure that people didn't think he was the Messiah; but his purpose was to direct people to Jesus - the true Messiah.
    Like John the Baptist, God wants us to direct people to the true Messiah, His Son, Jesus. Thankfully, there are various ways we can do this - as we each have a different "comfort zone". Still, the message in the Bible is clear, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." {Mark 16:15} (DRM 12/26/14)

1:8    He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

    Jesus was/is the Light of the world (v. 9-10).
    John the Baptist is referred to in this verse. He was not the Light, but came to direct people to the Light.
    From illustrations, many people came to John to be baptized and knew he was a prophet of God, still when Jesus came, they - in general - couldn't see the Light.
    Maybe Jesus' teachings were too radical 2,000 years ago for the Israelites, but we know today He told the truth and truly is God in the flesh. (DRM 4/25/14)

    As the "messenger" (Isa. 40:3; Mal. 3:1; Mark 1:2-3), John the Baptist's ministry was to introduce Jesus to the world and "to bear witness of the Light" (John 1:7). John presented Jesus as the Logos, the self-existent, preexistent, omnipotent, eternal, Creator God who spoke everything into existence, giving light and life to His creation (vv. 4-5). He also presented Jesus as God incarnate (vv. 9-14). Jesus added humanity to His deity, becoming one Person with two natures — perfectly human and yet perfectly divine (Phil. 2:6-8). He came to give "light to every man" so that we don't need to live in sin's darkness (John 1:9) and to give new life to those who believe so that we can live as God's children (vv. 12-13). INSIGHT, Our Daily Bread 4/25/2014)

1:9    There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man,

    Jesus is the true light. He came into the world 2,000 years ago and His main purpose was to die for all sins, past, present and future, for those who will believe in Him.
    After He left, He gave us the Holy Spirit - which enlightens us - or gives us (me) discernment primarily on spiritual things. (DRM 2/11/07)

1:10    He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

    This is a part of a description of Jesus. Jesus=God was the Creator of the world. When He came to earth over 2,000 years ago, the Jews at the time generally didn't believe all of His statements or actions. The ones who were healed became believers, so this statement isn't universal.
    Generally most people who lived in that era didn't believe Jesus' statements - and how many today would - if He came and did the same things? (DRM 10/31/11)

1:11    He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.   

    God's chosen people are the Jews. The easiest way to prove this is to remember how He protected them for 40 years during the Exodus.
    In this verse Jesus came to His own, the Jews, and they did not receive Him. He healed the sick and performed miracles, and still the Jewish leaders did not believe in Him.
    While He was on earth 2,000 years ago, and they denied that He was God then, I personally don't see why people hate the Jews today. Today's Jews have to make a decision to believe in Jesus or not (with the Holy Spirit's leading), just like every other person on earth. (DRM 3/21/12)

1:12    But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,

    Gifts have to be received. A person has to give this to you. It has to be accepted and it doesn't cost you anything. God gave us the greatest gift of Jesus, but we have to accept it - free. How do I tell others of this free gift that was given? (DRM 12/4/2000)

1:13    . . . who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

    This verse belongs with verse 12 above.
    When we are born physically we don't automatically become part of God's Kingdom - at that point we are born with blood (this could also refer to royalty) and by the will of our parents.
    To be a part of the Kingdom of God, we have to be born-again, which is a spiritual birth that can only be obtained by believing in His Name, the name of Jesus (v. 12). Belief is NOT 'knowledge of', but rather 'trust in.' (DRM 2/25/13)

1:14    And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

    In John 1:1, John wrote " . . . and the Word was God." To combine the John 1:1 statement and this verse, the only logical conclusion is that God became flesh in the body of Jesus=Jesus is God.
    This is the most important part of faith - not in another human being to die for me, but for God to provide for my salvation - which I can't do on my own. (DRM 1/31/10)

1:15    John testified about Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me. ' "

    John the Baptist is the "testifier," not the writer. As a prophet, God told him things about Jesus that others couldn't have known. Since John the Baptist was older than Jesus, his statement here must indicate that John knew Jesus was God incarnate. (DRM 2/1/10)

1:17    For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

    Generally I/we think of "the Law" as the Ten Commandments, but it also includes other rules for living that God gave Moses and are written in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. For about 1,500 years - between the Exodus and Jesus' arrival - these were the rules for living.
    After Jesus came, His purpose was to eliminate the Law and to die for our sins if we truly put our faith in Him. Jesus' grace is giving us what we don't deserve as sinners. Reading the Law is still helpful today as it points out sins we commit and need to repent of. (DRM 3/20/16)

1:18    No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. 

    Here's a confusing verse. The first part is clear, no one has seen God. The second part seems to call Jesus God because He is with the Father (God). The third part has to be (I think) that Jesus explained God to us while He was ministering on Earth. It also could be that the Holy Spirit explains God to us! (DRM 12/5/2000)

    At first I thought Moses had seen the Father God, but he only saw a burning bush, and His glory, but not His person/body. As this is still the introduction to the book, Jesus is introduced in verse 9, and in this verse John explains that Jesus is the only One who has seen God, and by Jesus' visit to earth, He explained Him. (DRM 2/12/07)

1:19, 20    This is the testimony of John [the Baptist], when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" 20And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."

    John the Baptist was preaching to and baptizing people. The priests and Levites wanted to know who he was. John knew he was called to prepare people for Jesus, but he was not the Christ that was foretold.
    John baptized people "with water for repentance, but (Jesus) . . . would baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Matt. 3:11).
    Like John the Baptist in those days, we need people today to remind us that Christ is coming - again. At this time of year when I/we think of Jesus first physical birth, we should also look for His soon return. (DRM 12/3/16)

1:21, 22    They asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" And he said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" And he answered, "No." 22Then they said to him, "Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?"

    The priests and the Levites from Jerusalem wanted to know who John the Baptist was. He had attracted people to his ministry and they didn't know why. He baptized people for the remission of sins, but truly his mission was to herald/proclaim the coming of Jesus.
    With today's technology via audio, video and writing, there are many people who are telling us that Jesus is returning very soon. With all of these heralds, I'm convinced He's right at the door (Rev. 3:20). It won't be long now. I hope you are ready. (DRM 9/14/17)

1:23    He [John the Baptist] said, "I am A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD,' as Isaiah the prophet said."

    I have always felt that I should try to do and be as much like Jesus as possible. This may be an exception. John the Baptist, and Isaiah before him, wanted people to know that the Lord Jesus was coming soon - and to be ready for His arrival. I think all believers should feel the way that John did here. I pray that many will come to know Christ by seeing something different in my life. (DRM 2/2/04)

1:26, 27    John [the Baptist] answered them saying, "I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know. 27It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie."

    John the Baptist was being questioned by the priests and Levites (v. 19). He told them he was not the Christ (v. 20), so they should have known he was not deceiving them.
    In these verses, John is telling them that Jesus was among them - alive that day - and they did not know Him yet. Jesus' ministry had not yet begun.
    John's mission was to tell people that Jesus was coming and to be ready (v. 23). What's the difference between John's mission and ours? John knew Jesus was on earth that day and we don't. When Jesus comes back there will be no early announcement - as He will come suddenly. Always be ready! (DRM 5/12/17)

1:29    The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"

    John the Baptist was about to baptize Jesus. Here Jesus is called the Lamb of God, which seems to indicate something that was going to be sacrificed. If Jesus hadn't died and risen, we would still be in sin. (DRM 12/6/2000)

1:32    John testified saying, "I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. . . "

    This doesn't say that a literal bird came and landed on Jesus, as has been depicted in pictures. The Holy Spirit filled Jesus at His baptism. How John the Baptist "saw" this, I can't explain, but I know that people act differently after the Spirit fills them - and perhaps that is what is referred to. (DRM 2/2/10)

1:33    And I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, 'He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.'

    John the Baptist didn't recognize Jesus? But the Lord God told John that Jesus was the One. Somehow John was able to see the Holy Spirit remaining with Jesus and no one else had It then. Jesus had been identified! (DRM 12/7/2000)

1:35, 36    Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, 36and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!"

    John the Baptist knew his cousin Jesus, but we don't know how well. John had disciples also as he was calling people to be baptized.
    The two disciples (Andrew and Peter) that were with John the Baptist moved from being his disciples to being Jesus' disciples. Hopefully John understood that his reference would be good for his two disciples.
    When a friend refers us to a higher friend, like John did here, it is usually beneficial. (DRM 4/20/12)

1:38    And Jesus turned and saw them [Andrew and ?] following, and said to them, "What do you seek?" They said to Him, "Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?"

    If someone was following me, what would I think? I'm sure I'd also want to know "why?"
    Perhaps He liked the respectful response "Rabbi," but it is more likely He knew their hearts and what they truly were seeking, so invited them to join Him.
    Like the disciples, Jesus knows our heart and if we want to serve Him or not. Depending on our heart attitude, He will also invite us to join Him where He is today (Heaven). (DRM 4/3/14)

1:39    He [Jesus] said to them [Andrew and another], "Come and you will see." So they came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.

    These first two disciples/apostles of Jesus came from what John the Baptist said (v. 36). Thus they already had an interest in spiritual things.
    Jesus DIDN'T tell them to go away when they approached Him, thus showing us that He was ready to begin His ministry. He must have told them a lot that first day - because Andrew went to tell his brother they had found the Messiah. (v. 41)
    Is this the first case of evangelism for Jesus? The Lord wants us also to tell others. (DRM 2/12/13)

1:40, 41    One of the two who heard John [the Baptist] speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41He found first his own brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which translated means Christ).

    There are similarities between that day and today. These two men - and others - were looking for the Messiah. Today the Jews and Christians are also looking for the Messiah. Andrew and Simon Peter had a challenge finding Him - via John the Baptist - but this time when He comes, all will see Him and know Him, PTL! (DRM 2/13/07)

1:41    He {Andrew} found first his own brother Simon {Peter}, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which translated means Christ).

    We think or say Jesus Christ as if Jesus Christ was His last name. Here it is explained that Christ refers to Messiah. Jesus is our Messiah, our King, our Master, our Healer . . . I must remember Christ is His title and not His last name! 
    The disciples knew that Jesus was more important than their jobs. (DRM 2/3/04)

1:45    Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

    Quite often I have seen the twelve apostles depicted as uneducated fishermen and common people. While Philip probably wasn't a college graduate, he had studied the Scriptures and knew who he was looking for! Jesus also called others who weren't looking for Him, so I think it was a mixture. This also happens today, as I wasn't looking for Him in 1986, when I became a born-again Christian. (DRM 2/14/07)

1:46    And Nathanael said to him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."

    Pre-conceived notions. Philip wanted Nathanael to meet Jesus, but Nathanael had already made a determination before the meeting. I know the feeling. When I say that the Lord can use me - some say "No He can't." (DRM 12/8/2000)

1:48    Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."

    Nathanael discovered quickly that Jesus knew his thoughts and where he was before they met. That proved to him that Jesus was given special powers or abilities by God. That was enough for Nathanael to call Jesus the "Son of God" and "King of Israel" (v. 49). Nathanael 'saw' Jesus. I (we) need faith to believe without "seeing" Him. (DRM 2/3/10)

1:49    Nathanael answered Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel."

    Nathanael had just met Jesus. Philip introduced him (vv. 45-46).
    Nathanael was impressed that Jesus knew he had no deceit (v. 47) - as a person would have to know their whole personality to say that - so Jesus had to have some special ability to know Nathanael's nature.
    Nathanael was right in his statement. Jesus didn't deny it. We should think the same way. Jesus was and still is the Son of God - He is our spiritual King and the future King of Israel. (DRM 10/13/17)

1:50    Jesus answered (Nathanael) and said to him, "Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these."

    In verse 43, Jesus went into Galilee to find Philip, who found Nathanael. This is a reminder that Jesus was the Person who chose His disciples, but they also had to agree to follow Him - when offered. Nathanael was quick to see Jesus for Who He is. Jesus was pleased with his faith - as shown here. (DRM 2/4/04)

1:51    And He (Jesus) said to him (Nathanael), "Truly, truly, I say to you, you shall see the heavens opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

    This sounds more like a "rapture" experience than a death experience to me. To see the heavens opened indicates that he would be looking up from the earth. He would see all of the unseen things that go on - and that shows how the Father and Son love us through the Holy Spirit. (DRM 12/9/2000)

2:3, 4    And when the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine." 4And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what do I have to do with you? My hour has not yet come."

    [re: 2:4]    Jesus' mother, Mary, stated "They have no wine," as a matter of fact. Jesus understood that to mean that He should create more. While He objected to the task, He followed the Ten Commandments and did as He was able - probably to please His mother. While I have no parents, I should try to do as my Father God asks me to do! (DRM 2/7/04)

    In this case Mary knew Jesus' abilities and asked for help. He didn't think it was His time to do miracles yet, but obeyed His mother's request. . . thus obeying the Ten Commandments. This first miracle caused the disciples, who were with Him, to believe in Him (v. 11) and His ministry began. (DRM 2/15/07)

2:7, 8    Jesus said to them, "Fill the waterpots with water." So they filled them up to the brim. 8And He said to them, 'Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter." So they took it to him.

    Think of wineskins. Wine needs space to ferment; but not this time. There was almost no time between when the pots were filled with water and the wine was taken out. Only Jesus could have done this. Like the disciples who were there, it is a cause for me to believe that Jesus can do anything He wants. (DRM 2/4/10)

2:11    This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

    Jesus had just turned the water into wine. That was the FIRST miracle that He did, and His disciples were watching. He wasn't just a good teacher - He performed miracles - proof that He had a gift from God. (DRM 12/10/2000)

2:14, 15    And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables, 15And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables;

    I clearly understand what Jesus did and why He did it. What I don't understand - is why today the largest, seemingly most "successful" churches today have bookstores and tables everywhere selling material to the congregation. What's the difference? What would Jesus do today? (DRM 2/5/10)

2:16    and to those who were selling the doves He said, "Take these things away; stop making My Father's house a house of merchandise."

    This seems [to me] to be a problem with the church of today. Many successful, growing churches have attached bookstores to sell related Christian merchandise. Why did Jesus bless these ministries after what He did in the temple? Perhaps the point is that in Jesus' incident they were IN the temple - sanctuary - and should be restricted to another room. (DRM 2/8/04)

    This is one of my "pet peeves," which I've probably written before. Jesus clearly did not want merchandise sold in the temple (v.15-16), but many of the churches today sell products in their church. I stopped going to a church once that set up merchandise for sale in the sanctuary. Is a separate room OK, or should it be a separate building? (DRM 2/16/07)

2:19    Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

    Jesus had just overturned the tables of the moneychangers at the temple, when He stated this. Knowing that our bodies are a temple, Jesus was telling us that He would rise again three days after His death. Praise the Lord! (DRM 12/11/2000)

3:3    Jesus  answered and said to him [Nicodemus], "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God."

    This is certainly one of the most quoted verses in the Bible. . . but it causes some concern. How many people take this seriously? How many people know what this means? Probably less than half of the people on earth have ever heard this statement. (DRM 12/12/2000)

3:4    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?"

    Jesus spoke of earthly things and also heavenly things (v. 12). Sometimes it was confusing to determine what He was referring to - at least to Nicodemus.
    It's true that we can't start over physically when we are "born again," but we can start anew spiritually when that event occurs. Jesus was talking about a new spiritual birth - that can only occur when a person puts all their trust/faith in Jesus to save them from their sins (v. 16).
    Trusting in Jesus is an easy transaction to do. Just commit to following Him with all your heart. I pray that you've done that or will today. (DRM 1/10/15)

3:5    Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

    Nicodemus wondered how a person could be born a second time. He was thinking of the physical birth which involves water. The second birth is spiritual and is voluntary on our part. A decision to follow Jesus has to be made - or the person "cannot enter into the Kingdom of God". There's no other way. (DRM 2/6/10)

3:6, 7    That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'

    Every human being when they are born, are born of the flesh. God knows those that will be born in the Spirit sometime in their lives. People who are born in the Spirit are different and will go to a heavenly eternity someday.
    To be born again in the Spirit, a person has to put their complete trust in the Savior - Jesus, not just in their minds, but also in their 'heart.'
    In Today's world it seems that less than 10% of all people have made a complete commitment in their heart to Christ; I pray that you are one of them. (DRM 3/1/17)

3:8    "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the spirit."

    This seems to show me the direction of my life for the past two years. The spiritual wind seems to have sent me in many directions, and I never seem to know where He will lead me next. It's an exciting journey - but I'm also looking forward to landing in one spot and doing more productive work for the Lord. (DRM 2/17/07)

3:9, 10    Nicodemus said to Him, "How can these things be?" 10Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? . . . "

    Nicodemus was on the ruling counsel of Israel (Pharisees). He should have studied all about God to be in that position. Jesus was surprised that Nicodemus didn't understand "born again."
    If we think about it, there were people who were " born again" in the old testament, they put their complete trust in God to bring them through their trials - e.g. Noah - what caused him to build the ark?
    Like Nicodemus, to get to Heaven, we need to repent and put our full faith in God=Jesus. (DRM 10/3/17)

3:11    "Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak that which we know, and bear witness of that which we have seen; and you do not receive our witness."

    Jesus had just told Nicodemus that he had to be born-again, and Nicodemus questioned the procedure. This verse was Jesus' response. I like this verse because it shows that at least two parts of the Trinity are in Him. Besides Jesus, the Holy Spirit speaks to us and the Father shows us His creation. PTL for opening my eyes! (DRM 2/9/04)

3:13    No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven, but He who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.

    Jesus and God have lived in Heaven forever. At various times in the Old Testament, there is evidence that Jesus came to earth before His "birth" in Bethlehem. Apparently He has ascended to Heaven and descended to earth several times.
    In this verse it seems that Jesus was trying to prove the existence of Heaven to all who would listen. This follows the need to be born again (3:3) and proceeds the way to get to Heaven (3:16).
    Jesus came from Heaven, lived on earth, then returned to Heaven. We have to believe that to join Him there. (DRM 9/13/15)

3:14, 15    And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15that whoever believes may in Him have eternal life. 

    He is arisen! Moses literally lifted the serpent above his head, so this indicated that we would rise and not be spiritually buried like our bodies. Without belief in Jesus, we won't arise. (DRM 12/13/2000)

3:16    See separate entry here.

3:17    For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

    This is like the second half of John 3:16, with further clarification. While God didn't send Jesus to judge the world 2,000 years ago, He will return and judge the world in the future. The purpose of His arrival then was for our salvation - and we (I) need to trust ONLY in Him - and no one else. (DRM 2/7/10)   

3:18    He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

    Christians are not judged, they have been forgiven. Non-Christians have been judged and their names DON'T appear in the book of life. This has all been known since the beginning, but we don't know who is going where. (DRM 12/14/2000)

    Faith in Jesus as Savior is the key to eternal life. We who believe are not judged at the end of time [Great White Throne]. People who have not believed in Jesus at their moment of death have been judged already - to go to the Great White Throne - then to hell, all because of their lack of faith in Jesus, our Lord and Master, King and God. (DRM 2/12/04)

    It seems that one of the most common questions of unbelievers is answered here. "What about people who never heard of Jesus, or didn't decide to trust in Him before death?" According to this verse, and I believe it, . . . "he who does not believe has been judged already." We (I) must believe in the Lord Jesus to be saved - from going to eternal hell. (DRM 2/18/07)

3:19    This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.

    Jesus is the Light (John 1:4, 5) that came into the world. His Light was not a physical light, but a spiritual light that directs our lives after we trust in Him.
    Those who aren't led to Jesus, the Light, follow their own evil desires and can get into all types of sins. They don't even know they are sinners because they've never read the Bible to know what sins are. They do what is good in their own eyes.
    We/I can't be sinless, but we can try - because we generally know what God desires. When we commit sin, we must ask for forgiveness as it is known. (DRM 12/23/15)

3:20, 21    ". . . For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."

    Jesus is the Light (John 1:9-10), but in this case the Light could also refer to God the Father.
    People who haven't trusted in Jesus=God don't want their evil deeds or sins to be seen - they know God would not approve of something they had done.
    After trusting in the Light/Jesus, a person wants to share the love and forgiveness they received when they gave their sins to Him.
    As Christians, we want to serve God in whatever way He directs. He is the One who ultimately plans our day - where we are to show His love to others. (DRM 5/12/16)

    God sent Jesus to show us His love, not His condemnation (vv. 16-18). People hide in the darkness because of their sin, but Jesus is the Light and whoever follows Him is in the light (vv. 19-21). (From Our Daily Bread, INSIGHT DENNIS MOLES 5/12/16)

3:26    And they came to John [the Baptist] and said to him, "Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him."

    Jesus didn't baptize anyone (4:2) as John the Baptist's disciples were referring to Jesus and His disciples who were also baptizing.
    This is an example of how people can get confused when they read the Bible and only read one verse out of context.
    In this case, I wonder if it would make any difference if He did? When we trust in Jesus at the point of our salvation, the Holy Spirit comes in and we are made new - spiritually baptized into His body of believers.
    No, Jesus didn't baptize physically, but He has been (through the Holy Spirit) since that day. (DRM 10/25/15)

3:27    John (the Baptist) answered and said, "A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given him from heaven."

    But I earned this money, I worked for it. . .  would be a common response to the above verse. Maybe I worked to earn the money, but the Lord gave me the health to work. If we look back far enough, the Lord Jesus gave us everything an we should give Him something. (DRM 12/15/2000)

3:29, 30    He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. So this joy of mine has been made full. 30He must increase, but I must decrease.

    This is a quote from John the Baptist about the bride (believing church in our terminology) and the bridegroom (Jesus).
    As believers in Jesus, we rejoice to hear His voice - which most likely comes from the study of His Word, the Bible. Now we can also receive His direction from the Holy Spirti.
    The 30th verse, again from John the Baptist, was pointing others to the Lord Jesus, as he knew that he was sent ahead of Him (v. 28) (DRM 11/10/11)

3:31    "He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. 

    This is a quote from John the Baptist. John said Jesus came from above [also verse 35]. He is the Son of God. The person of the earth could be an unbeliever, who has his sights on material things [earthly] or Satan, who dwells on the earth with his demons to deceive us. 
    Truly, Jesus is the One to follow. He is Lord of all. (DRM 2/12/04)

    The quote from John the Baptist seems to refer to Jesus and Satan. Jesus is from heaven and is above all. Satan - or his demons - reside on earth, and want us to think of earthly things INSTEAD of heavenly things. While not to be of no earthly good, we (I) should think far more of Heaven and serving Christ than earths temporary rewards. (DRM 2/19/07)

3:34    For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure.

    This is a quote from John the Baptist about Jesus. God sent Jesus and Jesus was able to share His experiences with God to people on earth. Jesus also was/is full of the Holy Spirit and shared that with people while here - but the Holy Spirit didn't enter people until Pentecost.
    A personal witness like this one makes Jesus more real to me. (DRM 2/8/10)

3:36    "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

    This concludes the testimony of John the Baptist. It seems so simple now. . . you must believe in Jesus (the Son) for eternal life. If you don't listen or ignore this message you will not see eternal life in heaven, but rather the wrath of God [Hell?]. (DRM 12/16/2000)

4:5, 6    So He came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; 6and Jacob's well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

    This is from the beginning of the story, "The Woman of Samaria." This particular well had a history that I/we don't think of. It was an OLD well when the story occurred.
    Another detail that I don't usually think of is in verse six. Jesus was at the well first. The Samaritan woman came to Him - or really came to the well for water. Jesus spoke, but she came to Him. He was just resting there when she came.
    God puts together our meetings. He knows who we will talk to each day. There are Divine encounters. (DRM 11/1/15)

4:7, 8    There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink." 8For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

    This is the introduction to the "Woman at the well" story. Jesus is the expert in evangelism and always knows the right thing to say to lead someone into a spiritual conversation. Perhaps it was easier then than it is today? Maybe He just knew who would listen and talk to Him and who wouldn't. Certainly the Pharisees didn't believe all that He said.
    We (I) need more instruction on how to be more like Jesus every day - especially on the topic of evangelism and how to bring more people into the Kingdom. (DRM 7/1/15)

4:9    Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?" (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

    In today's integrated society, it's more difficult to tell where a person comes from unless they have distinctive clothing or give a clue by their speech/accent.
    Most likely in Jesus' time, He was wearing distinctive Jewish clothing. He also just asked her to "Give Me a drink." (v. 7)
    While Samaritans had no dealings with Jews, Jesus was different because He wanted to offer salvation to ALL people, not just the Jews.
    We are to be like Jesus and share the good news with ALL people - as given the opportunity. (DRM 7/21/14)

4:10    Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink', you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."

    This seems like a summary of the 'Woman at the well' story in one verse. Jesus said, (in my understanding): If you knew God was talking to you and He asked for a drink, you would give it to Him. In exchange He (God=Jesus) would give you living water (eternal life) for your trust in His provision. (DRM 11/3/11)

    He offered her the Water of Life — Himself. He is the refreshing, renewing "fountain of water springing up into everlasting life" (John 4:14) (Excerpt from Our Daily Bread 11/3/11)

4:11    She said to Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water?

    Jesus was willing to exchange His living water with the Samaritan woman for liquid water. He wanted to start the conversation and clearly said living water was a "gift of God." (v. 10)
    The woman wanted to talk to Jesus even though He was a Jew and she was a Samaritan (v. 9). She was curious and grew more so when He told her about her own past.
    The living water, the Holy Spirit leading to eternal life (v. 14) is given to all believers. (DRM 9/30/13)

    Only Jesus, the Living Water, can satisfy the thirsty soul. (from Our Daily Bread, 9/30/13)

4:12    . . . You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?"

    The woman at the well in Samaria asked Jesus the question posed here. He didn't answer her directly, but rather proved the answer by what He said and did later. It was up to her to decide who He was.
    By the end of the conversation, the woman was so convinced that she asked others to come and meet Jesus (v. 29).
    When we know Jesus, do we tell others what we found out like the Samaritan woman? I'm certainly not good at it. (DRM 2/28/14)

4:13, 14    Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again; 14but whoever drinks of the water that I give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life."

    Here is a great example of taking something two ways. The woman was thinking of physical water and thirst, where Jesus was referring to her spiritual needs and thirsts to fulfill her spiritual cravings. As we take of Jesus' spiritual water-gift, we have a better understanding of Him and His words. Thank you, Lord, for fulfilling my thirst. (DRM 2/13/04)

4:14    but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

    I think the water referred to here is the "Holy Spirit" in which we can all be renewed so long as we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.
    Our souls are like the "spring" within us and we can be renewed by believing in Him.  (DRM 11/16/86)

    I get thirsty, then drink and later get thirsty again. After accepting the great gift of salvation - water, I don't ever need it again. Once saved, always saved. While I am free to sin again, it's not my desire to do that anymore. (DRM 12/17/2000)

    It seems that there is always something new to understand with the woman at the well.
    The woman was reluctant to give Jesus any water at first, but this statement helped to change her mind. The water Jesus gave - after His return to heaven - was the Holy Spirit; but trust and faith in Him is required. Once it is in us it stays forever. (DRM 2/20/07)

4:15    The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw."

    Jesus had just offered the Samaritan woman a different type of water, so she would never thirst again. She knew He had just asked her for a drink of physical water, as He had no cup; but her answer indicated she was still expecting physical water instead of spiritual filling.
    Jesus spoke in parables that people could often take two ways. The way to really understand them is to take them in a spiritual sense. (DRM 2/9/10)

4:16-18    He said to her, "Go call your husband and come here." 17The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You have correctly said, 'I have no husband'; 18for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly."

    How would Jesus know this woman's history? He just met her at the well.
    God=Jesus knows everything about us. He made us before we were born and somehow knows all that goes on in our lives - even directing our circumstances to meet His will for us (e.g. who we will meet today).
    When I/we think I will go and meet someone today, God=Jesus knows all whom we will meet along the way. Sometimes the meetings are surprises, but not to God - He planned it.
    Jesus=God deserves our worship. There are no secrets hidden from Him. (DRM 10/8/16)

4:21    Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall you worship the Father. 

    Jesus knew everything about the past, present and future as He talked to the Samaritan woman. In this case He knew few people would live on the mountain and the Temple would be gone. People can worship God anywhere. (DRM 12/18/2000)

    Rules! In verse 20, the woman of Samaria said her people worshipped God on a mountain and the Jews worshipped Him in Jerusalem . . . no where else. Jesus knows the future and that all people would not be capable of worshipping at only one place. We have to be able to worship Him near where we live. Rather than being confined to one location, we are able to worship Him from our heart - no matter where we are. (DRM 2/13/04)

4:23    But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshippers.

    The woman at the well knew the Messiah was coming (v. 25) and Jesus was at the well asking for water to drink and offering "living water" (v. 10).
    This verse, stated by Jesus, tells the woman (and us) that until now (that day) that people did not have the opportunity to "worship the Father in spirit and truth." Since that day, Jesus has given us this opportunity to worship Him (Jesus) and the Father (God) as this was/is God's desire. (DRM 3/3/13)

4:24    " . . . God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

    Every person on earth has two natures, the physical and the spiritual. God gave us a soul when we were born - this is the spiritual nature. Even with a soul, we need to be "born-again" with trust in Jesus as our Savior to enter Heaven. The soul needs to be fed with the Truth, just like our physical body needs food.
    God is spirit. We need to worship Him and His Son; Jesus with our spirit. There is no other way for admittance into His Kingdom. This is the truth that the Bible tells us. (DRM 5/14/16)

4:25, 26    The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us." 26Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."

    There is no doubt what the Samaritan woman meant here, and Jesus' answer can only be taken one way that I can think of. People in that time, and today, have to decide if Jesus told the truth in this statement. Certainly I believe what He said, based on His miracles and other statements and eye-witness accounts. (DRM 2/10/10)

4:27    At this point His disciples came and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, "What do You seek?" or "Why do You speak with her?"

    Probably a theologian would have answers to these questions.
    Why were the disciples amazed that He was talking to a woman? He had done that many other times in His ministry that I can think of. Even at the beginning, He had to to have talked to the wife at the wedding party. Did the disciples think that only men could be believers? Certainly they would be proven wrong on that assumption!
    The Kingdom of Heaven is open to ALL who believe in Jesus. No one is excluded. That was the case then, and is the case today.
    Jesus was Jewish, yet people who believe in Him today can be from any background. (DRM 1/17/15)

4:28, 29    So the woman left her water pot, and went into the city, and said to the men, 29"Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?"

    Now I would call this the woman evangelist! She had been so impressed with Jesus' knowledge of her life and His claim to be the Messiah, that she wanted everyone to know about it. I felt the same way when I first trusted in Jesus - and it gets harder to keep the excitement after decades. It's important to keep this excitement to tell others of His great gift of salvation. (DRM 2/21/07)

4:34    Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work."

    This quote is from the end of the "Woman at the well" parable.
    The disciples came back with food and now Jesus said He had other food (v. 32) - which is explained in this verse.
    As followers of Christ, we are to follow His example. His spiritual food was to do God's will, and to accomplish the work God gave Him to do.
    We should be doing the same. When the Holy Spirit directs, and the Bible confirms, we are to do as He tells us. Sometimes it doesn't make earthly sense, but it will later. (DRM 5/22/13)

4:35    Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.

    God has given each believer a gift/talent to use for His Kingdom. Two of these talents are planting spiritual seeds and harvesting souls=evangelism.
    The planting of seeds is necessary as it could involve tracts or other ways of introducing people to Christianity for the first time. Other people then harvest the spiritual fruit later as unbelievers are given time to make their decision to repent and follow Christ.
    In this verse Jesus is saying people are ready to harvest. The seeds were already planted. We need to get to the work. (DRM 2/9/16)

4:36    Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

    The sower in the Bible plants spiritual seeds, like giving out tracts or, better yet, telling others about how Christ changed their lives. The sower does not see if the person who received the "seed" acted on it or not.
    The reaper completes the "transaction," and tells the person who received the seed to make a commitment to Jesus and to follow Him.
    Both the sower and the reaper will be given "fruit" or rewards in Heaven when they are given out.
    The Lord wants us to be sowers and reapers in our daily life - it will make an impact in eternity. (DRM 12/5/12)

4:37, 38    "For in this case the saying is true, 'One sows, and another reaps.' 38I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor."

    As I write this, I still don't know if I will be a sower or a reaper for the Lord. I feel more qualified to be a sower as I have no confidence in speaking yet. The most important part is that I be a worker for the Lord! (DRM 12/19/2000)

    [re: 4:38]    Jesus' instructions to His disciples shows the way that the body of Christ works. The 'others' were the seed planters and they were to do the harvest. If no seed is planted, there won't be a harvest later! Sometimes I think God wants me to be a harvester, but more often I end up planting the seeds in one way or another. Either way, God uses me. (DRM 2/14/04)

4:39    From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman [at the well] who testified, "He told me all the things that I have done."

    The "woman at the well" had to be one of the first evangelists for Jesus and His ministry. It also shows that Jesus can use both men and women to tell people about Him.
    The woman planted the seed by telling her friends, and, Jesus Himself received the harvest (vv. 41-42).
    No one knows how many days it will be until His return, and, as Christians, we want as many to go with Him as possible.
    The woman told of her experience with Jesus. That's an example for us to try. There are various ways - the world needs to know . . . (DRM 8/25/17)

4:40    So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.

    This shows that Jesus loved ALL people, not just the Jews. Think of the beginning of the story - that Jews don't talk to Samaritans. Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman and here he stayed with them two days. Do I (we) have a prejudice attitude about another race or people group? We should love ALL people, like Jesus did. (DRM 2/11/10)

4:42    and they [the Samaritans] were saying to the woman, "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world."

    The woman at the well has probably been instrumental in changing thousands of hearts over the years. At first she was hesitant, then she believed, then she told others and they listened and believed. It's a model for all Christians to share their faith, and to know that a reward awaits them in heaven (v. 36). (DRM 2/22/07)

4:48    Jesus therefore said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe."

    This almost seems like a prophecy. Jesus knew what I just wrote above and then left the earth. Since He was gone, few, if any people saw "signs or wonders" and thus didn't believe. Recently, more people have seen; and there are more believers. (DRM 12/20/2000)

    I believe this statement is still true for many people after thousands of years. Many people followed Jesus because of His miracles, as many today follow some healing pastors. Those who merely preach the truth, the Bible, have few followers. Satan knows this and will have many followers in the tribulation. What can I do? Only plant seeds and share my faith whenever possible. (DRM 2/23/07)

4:50    Jesus said to him (royal official), "Go your way; your son lives." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he started off. 

    In verse 48, Jesus complained that some people don't believe unless they "see" evidence of change. This royal official had the faith to believe that his son would be healed if Jesus said it would be so. Later, he found out that his son was healed at the same time he spoke to Jesus. 
    Even when we don't see changes in people we love, we must have faith that the Lord Jesus will bring them to Himself. (DRM 2/14/04)

4:53    So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, "Your son lives"; and he himself believed and his whole household.

    The man had a sick son, and went to Jesus to ask for healing. Jesus did not come to the son, but said he would live. On the way home, the man was told his son improved and the hour was the same as when the man spoke to Jesus.
    The man believed the word of Jesus and his faith was honored by Jesus in the healing. Do I (we) have the same faith? (DRM 2/12/10)

5:4    for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.

    Different people have claimed to have been cured of diseases from entering either the Jordan River or the Ganges River in India, but I think they were isolated incidents of God's love shown to the individual. This pool seems different. The better part of the story is Jesus' healing the man who couldn't get in in time - showing that Jesus had the same healing abilities as the angel had done in the pool. (DRM 2/24/07)

5:8, 9    Jesus said to him, "Arise, take up your pallet, and walk. 9And immediately the man became well, and took up his pallet and began to walk. Now it was the Sabbath on that day. 

    In this section [5:1-14] Jesus healed the man at the pool at Bethesda. Jesus had compassion for the man - as he was ill for 38 years - so healed him. The "problem" was that it was the Sabbath and he was not supposed to do any work - by carrying the pallet. . . Praise God that Jesus healed the man - and can do that for us today - if we believe He can. (DRM 2/15/04)

5:10    So the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, "It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet."

    At least in this instance, the Jews of that time were very legalistic. Perhaps they didn't realize that the man was just healed. Certainly they didn't believe that Jesus was/is God and just said the directive.
    Am I too legalistic? Which is more important, showing Christ in my life, or following the Old Testament rules? That could be the subject of (at least) a pamphlet! (DRM 2/13/10)

5:14    Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse may befall you."

    This quote of Jesus seems to indicate the cause of illness: "sin." I try very hard not to sin, but I know it's there. Perhaps I should dwell on this thought as a motivator to stop sinning - which will keep me well. (DRM 12/21/2000) I'm not sure that all illness is the result of sin now, there must be more to it than that.  (DRM 1/7/05)

5:18    For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal to God.

    Here are the charges that the Jews had against Jesus. Were these reasons that He should be killed? Would Jesus be killed today for the same charges? I think in the USA He would be placed in a mental hospital - because people just wouldn't believe Him. Perhaps that's still the reason 90% of people still don't believe that Jesus is equal to God. (I do.) (DRM 2/14/10)

5:19    Therefore Jesus answered and was saying them them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.

    Wherever we live on earth, there is a governmental system. There is always someone higher in authority to go to. This will continue in Heaven.
    In this verse, Jesus said He was subject to God's authority. He wouldn't be healing (vv. 7-8) unless the Father also healed people. Since His Father did it, He knew He could do it.
    We can use the same example in some ways. As believers, we look up to Jesus; thus we can ask Him and He will allow us to do certain things He did - maybe not healing, but feeding the poor and showing the Father's love, etc. (DRM 7/20/17)

    The Father gave us the Spirit to make us like the Son. (from Our Daily Bread, 7/17/17)

5:21    For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.

    This is a "partnership." The Father and the Son both decide who will have eternal life. While not mentioned here, I'm sure that the Holy Spirit gives assurance to the person who has been accepted. (DRM 12/22/2000)

5:23    . . . in order that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. 

    People honored God from the beginning. Here Jesus said that He should be honored as much as His Father, God in Heaven. The logical conclusion is that Jesus and God are the same. This is the second part of the triune God. The Holy Spirit had not yet arrived, so is not mentioned here. 
    While I don't pray to the Holy Spirit. I can pray to Jesus or God equally. (DRM 2/15/04)

5:24    "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life."

    This verse seems about as clear as John 3:16 to me. It clearly states what a person has to do for eternal life - we have to believe that God sent His Son, Jesus to die for our sins. This is not a head knowledge, but a heart belief - that changes a persons life - forever. (DRM 2/25/07)

5:28, 29    "Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs shall hear His voice, 29and shall come forth; those who did good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment."

    Some people could take verse 29 out of context. I still believe that only those who have given their heart to Jesus will be in Heaven. Good deeds are the result of this new birth in the Spirit. Good deeds alone won't get a person to Heaven [John 3:3]. I remember a cousin who believed that good deeds were enough, and I fear her future. Lord, give me the ability to lead others to Your path toward Heaven. (DRM 2/16/04)

5:30    "I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me."

    In my comments, I often write Jesus=God, because I believe that Jesus and God are equal.
    This verse seems to indicate otherwise. The Trinity is hard to explain. It's not something that occurs on Earth.
    Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit are three different natures of the same God. While Jesus is equal to God in our mind, Jesus clearly shows us here that God has a different personality than Jesus.
    We have to trust in all parts of our single God in faith. (DRM 4/21/14)

5:31, 32    If I alone testify about Myself, My testimony is not true. 32There is another who testifies of Me, and I know that the testimony which He gives about Me is true.

    Jesus had to have Someone who would testify that He was telling the truth. I think these two verses refer to the Holy Spirit - who tells us (inside) that what a person is telling is true. This could also refer to the Father - God, as the Holy Spirit didn't come to all until Pentecost. (DRM 2/15/10)

5:36    "But the witness which I have is greater that that of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish, the very works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me."

    Jesus wants us to know who He is. In this verse He reminds us that all of the works (healings, miracles etc.) that He did were never done by others - proving that He was sent by God. It also proves that the leaders of other religions weren't God's Son or daughter - only Jesus could do these things. (DRM 2/26/07)

5:39    "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me;"

    How do I know that Christ is real? To me, there are several ways, but this verse is a reminder that one of the ways is in the Bible itself. All of the Old Testament contains prophecies of the Lord Jesus' coming - and they all came together to One person — Jesus. (DRM 12/23/2000)

5:39, 40    You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, 40yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

    A person can read the Bible (scripture) for years or a whole lifetime and never accept Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Many, many people I know fit this description and this verse shows how important it is to dedicate yourself to serve Jesus Christ in whatever He wants you to do. (DRM 11/24/86)

5:41, 42    I do not receive glory from men; 42but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves.

    Jesus was speaking to the Jews (v. 18) who said He was making Himself equal to God. (v. 18)
    Jesus may have been honored at times (e.g. Palm Sunday), but He received His glory from the Father.
    Since the Jews that were confronting Him did not believe in Him or why He was sent, they did not have the Holy Spirit in them to lead to this conclusion. They claimed to know God, but didn't know His Son.
    Before Pentecost, apparently the Holy Spirit was given to those with faith in the content of the Scriptures. (DRM 9/3/13)

5:43    "I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another shall come in his own name, you will receive him."

    It seems that Jesus was having a recognition problem. The famous people had followers, but, perhaps because it was the beginning of His ministry, He had less - or they were more likely following and not believing His message. There are curious people everywhere - and they need to believe the gospel - not just listen to it. (DRM 2/27/07)

5:44    How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?

    How many people read the Bible consistently? To seek the glory that is from God, it would seem to me that you would have to read His words. I used to read Bible commentaries in the past, but eventually realized that the true source is a better way.
    So don't have your source be another human - by word - commentary - or vocal - unless you also read the Bible to confirm that what they are saying or writing is true to the Word of God. (DRM 9/22/11)

5:45    Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope.

    This was obviously written to the Jews. Jesus is our advocate before the Father, so long as we trust in Him to save us, not our accuser. The accuser to the Jews would be Moses because he clearly warned them to be devoted to God and not worship other gods or follow other paths.
    This may seem like Moses is a part of the Godhead, but instead he was a prophet that the Jews highly esteem. (DRM 2/16/10)

5:46, 47    "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me. 47But if you don not believe his [Moses] writings, how will you believe My words?

    My recollection is that Moses wrote of God in the burning bush, and writing the Ten Commandments etc. Jesus says here that Moses was writing about Him. If that is the case, then the only conclusion has to be that Jesus is God! 
    It's hard for our limited minds to comprehend the trinity. Hopefully God will use me to help explain it to others. (DRM 2/17/04)

6:2    A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick.

    Why did they follow Him? Because of His healings and signs (miracles). This doesn't mean that they believed that He was God - but probably a prophet. Only God knows each individual heart, and God=Jesus knew why they were there.
    It's the same today. God knows our heart and what we truly believe or disbelieve. (DRM 2/17/10)

6:12    And when they [the 5,000 men] were filled, He said to His disciples, "Gather up the leftover fragments that nothing may be lost."

    I don't think Jesus wanted to eat the breadcrumbs or leftover fish when they were gathered up. I think He wanted to show His disciples and the attendees that the magnitude of His provision was greater than they would have otherwise known. Without the collection of the fragments, we would have thought they just barely had enough. (DRM 2/18/04) 

6:13    And so they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten.

    This was the feeding of the five thousand. While they only had five loaves of bread and two fish, then fed all and had twelve baskets - it had to be a miracle! God can take people who seem to have little to offer him and use them abundantly as He did in this illustration. (DRM 12/24/2000)

    One of my earthly thoughts once about the feeding of the 5,000 was that some of the people could have added some of their own food to share, but this verse indicates that all of the fragments were from the barley loaves - and how many would have brought that item only? This miracle was done by Jesus=God and not human sharing. (DRM 2/28/07)

6:15     So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.

    Jesus in seclusion? So often when I think of Jesus, I think of Him "preaching" or standing in front of a crowd, or healing people or talking to His disciples.
    Jesus had to pray and talked to the Father in seclusion. He needed direction, just like I (we) do. While corporate prayer is good, individual prayer should be done at any/all times, as the Father leads. (DRM 2/18/10)

6:21    They were willing therefore to receive Him into the boat; and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going. 

    In this section [6:15-27], Jesus walks on the water three or four miles [verse 19] and then the disciples let Him on the boat, then they are transported to the other shore. 
    In some ways, it seems that today's science can produce their own "miracles," but no one else has been able to walk on water or transport a ship with today's science. ONLY Jesus. (DRM 2/19/04)

6:22    The next day the multitude that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there, except one, and that Jesus had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone.

    People were watching Jesus' every move. They knew He had not gotten into a boat with His disciples when they left, but was on the other side of the sea the next morning. He didn't tell them that He walked over. Still, people were watching Him, and also are watching Christians to decide if they want to also follow Jesus. (DRM 3/1/07)

6:24, 25    So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus. 25When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, "Rabbi, when did You get here?"

    These people were literally followers of Jesus. He had fed them yesterday and now they wanted more (v. 26) food.
    The problem was that they were not getting the point. Jesus wants us - like them - to grow spiritually from the food that He gives us (v. 27).
    A person can follow Jesus today and not grow spiritually. We need to understand all of the words in the Bible and then follow the principles illustrated there. Going to a church once a week that doesn't preach from the Bible doesn't produce growth.
    Study His Word - grow in faith. (DRM 8/17/15)

6:27    [Jesus said] "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, for on Him the Father, even God; has set His seal."

    I should not work just to accumulate wealth on earth, but to think of furthering God's kingdom in some way while I am here.
    The Son of Man, Jesus Christ, will give me the desire to work for Him. (DRM 1/30/87) 

    So far in my life, I have had to have employment to pay for my bills - like food, clothing and shelter. This verse seems to indicate that God will provide all of these needs if we work to tell others of eternal life. (DRM 12/25/2000)

6:28, 29    Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?" 29Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent."

    Jesus made it so simple, but most people find it so hard. God simply wants us to believe in Jesus - that He alone came to save us from our sins and died for us on the cross of Calvary to meet God's blood sacrifice necessity. After Jesus died, He rose from the grave to prove that He was indeed our Messiah.
    People today didn't witness Jesus first hand and think it's all a fable. They have to understand that belief in Jesus, and what He did, is a requirement to live in Heaven. (DRM 8/29/12)

6:30, 31    So they said to Him, "What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? 31Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TO EAT.' "

    How did I not notice this before? God fed the Israelites during the exodus from Egypt. He gave them manna, quail and water as needed.
    Now that Jesus was in town, He was also feeding the people supernaturally. He was given a few loaves or fish and multiplied the food to feed thousands. It was really the same thing!
    In both cases, the true Provider is God and He continues to meet our needs if we have faith in Him. (DRM 12/13/11)

6:32    Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who give you the true bread out of heaven. . .

    Physical bread vs. Spiritual bread.
    When the Israelites crossed the desert, it wasn't Moses that fed them the manna, but rather God Himself. God is our provider either by giving us an income to buy resources or by Direct intervention.
    God also gave us spiritual bread in the form of Jesus - who is the true Bread that came from Heaven.
    We are to thank God for both of these great provisions - which nourish our bodies and our souls. (DRM 10/9/13)

6:33    " . . . For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world."

    They (Jewish people) asked Jesus for more miracles, like more bread. In this second half of His response, Jesus makes it clear that God sent Him (Jesus) from heaven to give life (like bread, but spiritual) to the world.
    They and we have to accept the (spiritual) gift of His body - as the basis of our spiritual life. (DRM 2/19/10)

6:35    Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life, he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

    The people wanted Jesus to perform a miracle for them (v. 30). While Jesus did this on several occasions, His emphasis that day was that His ministry was to bring them spiritual food - that will last forever.
    When we give our complete trust to Jesus, He will allow us to enter Heaven to be with Him at the appointed time. He knew in advance who would trust in Him, so the Holy Spirit was leading us to this "decision."
    The appointed time could be our "death" day or the day He comes for His bride — the church = who are people on earth who trusted in Him. (DRM 7/5/15)

6:37    All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.

    God knows everything. He knew who would accept His gift of Jesus and who wouldn't - before we were born. Jesus is waiting with open arms to all who believe in Him and will not ignore His own spiritual children. (DRM 12/26/2000)

6:38    "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me."

    Everyone has a "boss." In this verse Jesus reminds us (me) that He was doing His Father's will, and His Father's will is that believers will have eternal life (v. 40). Following the same line, I want to do Jesus' will, and put all my trust in Him, knowing that I will live in His Kingdom someday. (DRM 3/2/07)

6:39    This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.

    This is a clear statement by Jesus, clarified again in the next verse.
    God wants all believers in Heaven on the last day. It was God's mission for Jesus to accomplish. Jesus could have lost God's will if He had sinned, but He didn't. God's will will be done.
    This is reason for celebration for all believers. Jesus paid the price. He was sinless, as the Father required, then died for our sins. Since Jesus was resurrected, we will also - so we can be with Him - which is/was the Father's will. The "last day" for me/us is death or rapture. (DRM 12/21/15)

6:40    "For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I myself will raise him up on the last day."

    This verse seems nearly as good as John 3:16! It seems really clear to me that if we believe in Jesus [the Son] that we will have eternal life and He will raise us up to be with Him [our glorified bodies] on that last day. 
    What else could we ask for? Eternal life and security in Him! Why do so many people miss this hope that is within us? (DRM 2/20/04)

6:41, 42    Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, "I am the bread that came down out of heaven." 42They were saying, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, 'I have come down out of heaven'?"

    The truth. The Jews didn't know that Jesus' Father was not Joseph.
    For the Jews at that time or all of us today - we need to have faith that Jesus is the Son of God, that He was sent to earth and became spiritual bread to us. We need the bread for eternal life. Without this bread - faith in Jesus - we will not go to Heaven to be with Him, but rather Hell because of unbelief. Jesus will not let someone in Heaven who doesn't believe in Him and what He did on the cross to take away our sins.
    Depend on the bread - Jesus - to secure eternal life in Heaven. (DRM 11/14/16)

    Just as "bread" is what supplies us with physical life, Jesus is the One who supplies us with spiritual life. (from Our Daily Bread INSIGHT JIM TOWNSEND 11/12/16)

6:44    "No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws Him; and I will raise him up on the last day."

    This somewhat refers to the Trinity. Before Jesus left earth the Holy Spirit wasn't present; so the Father was the One who drew people to Jesus. Later the Holy Spirit did this "job." After we (I) became a part of His body, I can look forward to being raised from the dead to receive my new body - which will occur on the last day - not necessarily my death day - unless I am raptured. (DRM 3/3/07)

6:47    Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.

    This is short and direct. Belief is faith and not head knowledge; as I knew Jesus in my mind since I was little.
    To have eternal life in Heaven, there is only one way. Give Jesus every part of your being and feed on His Word, the Bible, which will give direction on how to have a life that is honoring to Him. (DRM 6/25/12)

6:51    " . . . I am the living bread that came down out of heaven, if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh."

    Jesus left earth nearly 2,000 years ago. This verse can't refer to literal flesh as there isn't any - also, Jesus rose after the crucifixion and no one ate any part of His flesh at that time. The living bread is our spiritual food. We must give ALL of our trust to Him and confess our faults (sins) to Him.
    How do you consume spiritual food? By yielding yourself to His leading/direction. (DRM 2/20/10)

6:53    So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.

    Certainly we can't literally eat Jesus' skin or drink His human blood. Jesus wanted us to believe in Him - internally. We are to accept all that He said He is. Everything in the Bible that is written about Him is true. There can't be a doubt in our minds. Then we commit ourselves to living for Him - as He created us and wants our worship.
    After we have accepted Jesus as Lord of our lives (physically and spiritually) then His Holy Spirit will enter our life and direct our path. (DRM 11/3/12)

6:54, 63    He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 
                63It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 

    Like many people in Jesus' time, I take His words as literal Truth. Verse 54 is hard to take literally. Thankfully there is a verse 63 to tell us that we are to spiritually take in all of Jesus; to accept Him in our bodies as food. (DRM 12/27/2000)

6:56    "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him."

    Generally, I am a literalist and take the Bible that way. Reality is that we can not literally eat Jesus' flesh and blood, because His Body was resurrected! This had to be taken spiritually. With the example of the Lord's supper, the bread and wine were used to substitute for His flesh and blood, in the way that He atoned for our sins on the cross. (DRM 2/21/04)

6:63    "It is the Spirit who gives life, the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life."

    The disciples grumbled at Jesus' statement about eating His flesh and drinking His blood (v. 54) as I would also; as I usually take things to be literally true. Thankfully, this verse clarifies the statement and tells us it should be taken spiritually. As believers, we become part of Christ's Body - the church. (DRM 3/4/07)

6:65    And He was saying, "For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me, unless it has been granted him from the Father."

    This seems logical to me. If we are a part of the Christian family, we are known and loved by the Father - God. If we aren't part of the family, He knows that also. If we were to go to the Son and not be a part of the family, He can't help us. Non-Christians must come to the Father and ask to be a part of the family before they can request anything of Jesus, the Son. (DRM 2/22/04)

6:70    Jesus answered them, "Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?"

    This statement could lead to a controversial discussion as to "who chose whom?" This verse refers to Jesus choosing who the 12 disciples/apostles would be. Next we (I) wonder did Jesus also choose me to follow Him, or did I accept His rule in my life? I think the answer is in the Holy Spirit and how He leads us to the knowledge of Jesus (first), then we decide to "follow through." (DRM 2/21/10)

7:1    And after these things Jesus was walking in Galilee; for He was unwilling to walk in Judea because the Jews were seeking to kill Him. 

    The first time I read this verse today, I wondered if Jesus had "fear." While it may seem that way, I would prefer to think that Jesus had knowledge of the future and knew it was God's will for Him to stay longer. (DRM 12/28/2000)

7:6    So Jesus said to them, "My time is not yet here, but your time is always opportune. . . "

    Jesus knew the agenda of what He was to do when. Apparently He wasn't called to perform any miracles at the time John wrote this.
    Even though He wasn't "active" at the time, that didn't mean that the disciples shouldn't tell others about Him and the kingdom - as there should always be an opportunity to share the Good News with others. (DRM 2/22/10)

7:7    "The world cannot hate you; but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil."

    Jesus was the radical person for His time. He presented ideas that society then [and now] have problems comprehending. He could heal the sick, do miracles and said He was God's Son. Like today, people thought He was crazy. He became the enemy of society by His misunderstood actions. They put their hate on Him, and had Him executed. Generally as His followers, we are not hated like He was in this country [USA]. We should expect it though! (DRM 2/23/04)

    Certainly I can testify that I am insignificant to the world on my own - thus the world doesn't hate me. The problem is if I am a representative or ambassador of Jesus, they hate Him - thus transferring their hate to Jesus' followers. While difficult, the Bible makes it clear that I should expect the persecution. (DRM 3/5/07)

7:15, 16     The Jews therefore were marveling, saying, "How has this man become learned having never been educated?" 16Jesus therefore answered them, and said, "My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me."

    There are may great Christian teachers that were only taught by the Holy Spirit, and God used them in a mighty way. My personal example is D. L. Moody, but there are others.
    Since I don't have a formal Bible education, I am encouraged by this verse; but the world has different values that need to be overcome. (DRM 3/6/07)

7:18    He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.

    Before a person is saved, they are only thinking of themselves and the honor that they will receive for their "good deeds."
    A person who knows and is born-again in the Holy Spirit tells the truth and will unselfishly share a part of himself to help others.
    I hope that I can be more like the second option every day! (DRM 8/21/87)

    This verse - said by Jesus - could be a case for memorization because when I am asked a question, I "speak for myself" summarizing the Bible, instead of quoting it. I don't seek my own glory, but rather His glory. (DRM 12/29/2000)

    In this verse, Jesus was comparing a self-serving man to Himself. I would apply it to people who want to serve Jesus. We are not to ask people to follow "our" way of doing things, but instead to be followers of Christ. To learn to understand His principles and try to do as He taught. (DRM 2/24/04)

7:23    If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath?

    Jesus was pointing out the Jews double standard. They had strict rules on not doing any work on the Sabbath - interpreted from Moses - however they apparently circumcised men on that day.
    Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath and that was considered "work." Leading others to Christ or healing others (doctors) are not considered work on the Sabbath. As time progressed, this list has changed. (DRM 2/23/10)

7:28, 29    Then Jesus cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, "You both know Me and know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. 29I know Him, because I am from Him, and He sent Me."

    [ Re: 7:28]    Jesus is from the Father in Heaven. I think the people thought He was from Nazareth. This could cause confusion. Verse 29 clarifies Jesus' statement by saying "He (God) sent Me." Since the people THOUGHT they knew where Jesus was from, they didn't generally think He was the Messiah. Like other things, we (I) need a lot of facts before making a final decision. (DRM 3/7/07)

    When Jesus was last on earth there were many questions about His teachings and even where He came from as He was born in one city and grew up in another. They were thinking where He was from physically and Jesus wanted them to know that He came from His Father God - spiritually. Really He (Jesus) came from Heaven, where His Father is.
    It was hard for the people of that time to understand these things - and they could ask Him personally. We have the Bible to explain these things, but the Holy Spirit makes us understand it all. (DRM 9/14/16)

7:30    They were seeking therefore to seize Him; and no man laid his hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.

    Jesus knew how He was going to die. He knew His purpose for being here. He knew He didn't have much time. Like Jesus, God has a purpose for my life. Only He knows when my "window of opportunity" [life] will end. My part is to do the best I can with my limited time. When my window of life is closed, my opportunities will be over. (DRM 2/25/04)

7:36    " . . . What is this statement that He said, 'You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come'?"

    We have the advantage of looking back at history, having known what transpired afterwards. It's easy for us to say that Jesus went to Heaven, but, somehow, the Jews never thought of that.
    I am thankful for the Holy Spirit opening my eyes to the true meaning of following Jesus and not being spiritually blind like the Jews were in that era. (DRM 2/24/10)

7:37    Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink . . . "

    Upon first reading, I thought "the last day" was the Last Day - which I'm looking forward to - but upon reading the paragraph before this, Jesus was speaking at the final day of the Feast of Booths (according to cross reference given).
    Are you thirsty for the Word of God? Do you need a Savior to believe in? He's done everything to secure your salvation. Just come to Jesus and He will open your eyes and fill your heart with love. (DRM 7/6/13)

7:38    He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.' "

    For years and years it seems that I have been acquiring knowledge about the Lord Jesus. What am I to do with all of this? I think that in 2001 I am to tell others more of the living water that Jesus provides. (DRM 12/30/2000)

7:41    Others were saying, "This is the Christ." Still others were saying, "Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He? . . . "

    The Jewish people in Jesus' time did not know the rest of the story. They didn't know Jesus was born in Bethlehem, then moved. They didn't know His ancestry. They made assumptions on the lack of the true facts.
    Do I do the same thing, and not investigate the facts before making a big decision? Probably I do too often. (DRM 2/25/10)

7:42    . . . Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?"

    From reading the Bible, we know 'the rest of the story.' We know that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but had to move elsewhere soon after His birth. That apparently wasn't known to the people of that day.
    The prophecy was true, the prophecy was fulfilled and there were witnesses in the shepherds and wise men and certainly Mary, His mother, was there to tell the story to John and Luke and the other disciples.
    Prophecy was fulfilled in the past and will continue to be fulfilled until all that is written in the Bible is completed. With faith, we know we will win! (DRM 1/19/15)

7:47    The Pharisees therefore answered them [officers in the guard], "You have not also been led astray, have you?"

    The Pharisees wanted Jesus arrested and brought to them, but the guards hesitated here. This verse shows the mindset of the Pharisees at the time. They thought the guards were being led astray [becoming believers] where truly, now we know that the Pharisees were astray from their Savior. (DRM 2/26/04)

7:50, 51    Nicodemus said to them (he who came to Him before, being one of them), 51"Our Law does not judge a man, unless it first hears from him and knows what he is doing, does it?"

    The Pharisees were planning their ways to get rid of Jesus and were disappointed that the officers hadn't seized Him yet (v. 45). It seemed they had already tried Him, then here Nicodemus started to defend Him, as he had secretly met Jesus earlier. When the whole world seems to be against me, I know that Someone is secretly defending me also. (DRM 3/8/07)

8:5    . . . Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?"

    This was another test of Jesus by the scribes and the Pharisees (v. 3) concerning a woman caught in adultery. Jesus didn't say that she was sinless, but rather that the accusers were also sinners. This truly became a test of their heart. We all sin and need to depend on Jesus=God for forgiveness. (DRM 2/26/10)

8:6    They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.

    The scribes and the Pharisees (v. 3) were testing Jesus for a future accusation and hopeful conviction. If He said she should be stoned, they could have called Him a murderer.
    A mystery here is what He wrote on the ground. If He drew a line in the sand, they probably would have written that. Apparently it was more than a line - but what?
    No matter what the opposition came up with, Jesus had the answer - and it always worked out better. (DRM 11/12/13)

8:7    But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."

    No one is perfect. As I get older, I realize how much I have failed at doing properly. Some of these failures are sin, others are just missed opportunities. The important part is to know that I've failed and want forgiveness. (DRM 12/31/2000)

    The woman was caught in adultery [verse 3], and the scribes and the Pharisees had caught her. They were testing Jesus to see His solution. 
    Certainly Jesus knew we are all sinners. To the Pharisees credit, they knew that they also sinned. [Not all people today admit it.] We all make mistakes and need to confess them to the Lord to receive forgiveness. Lord, forgive my sin! (DRM 2/17/04)

8:9    And when they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the midst.

    The scribes and the Pharisees (v. 3) brought the adulteress woman to Jesus, and He said, "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." (v. 7) Note that the older ones left first, as a longer life has a lot more time to reflect on all that we (I) have done wrong in my life. Jesus knows we all sin. Only He was exempt - and He still loves us! (DRM 3/9/07) 

8:10, 11    Straightening up, Jesus said to her, "Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?" 11She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more."

    The woman was caught in the sin of adultery (vv. 3-4) and the Law said she should be put to death for her sin (Lev. 20:10). The scribes and the Pharisees were testing Jesus on what to do (v. 3).
    Jesus knows we all sin in one way or another. How can we accuse another of sinning when we sin ourselves? The scribes and the Pharisees got Jesus' point and walked away. Jesus told the woman to sin no more. He shower her mercy.
    Our goal should be not to sin, but when we do, we must ask God=Jesus for forgiveness and turn away from that sin. (DRM 9/29/16)

8:12    Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

    Often, when I see true believers in Christ, and their actions or mannerisms seem to be Christlike to me, I think or tell them that they are "glowing." They are a reflection of the true Light that the world needs to see. 
    Some people seem to glow with few words, but others show Him in other ways. I hope and pray that someday I will also glow — as a reflection of Him. (DRM 2/28/04)

8:12b    "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

    Thank God that now I can see the light of Jesus Christ's saving grace! 
    I hope and pray that I will never again walk in darkness or be deceived by the devil. (DRM 8/30/87)

8:14    Jesus answered [the Pharisees] and said to them, "Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true; for I know where I came from, and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from, or where I am going."

    Jesus had the Godly advantage of knowing the past, present and future, which we (I) don't have. While I don't know where my future will lead, I know that Jesus does - and my job is to lean on His direction, through the Holy Spirit's leading, and to follow what I think is His will. (DRM 3/10/07)

8:16, 17    But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me. 17Even in your law it has been written that the testimony of two men is true.

    The Pharisees didn't believe Jesus' claims that He was the Light of the world, as there was no one to confirm Jesus' statement.
    In this verse, Jesus says that His Father will agree to His (Jesus') statements. The problem is that the Father is invisible to them and the Holy Spirit had not entered their souls.
    Today we know Jesus' statements are all true because His Holy Spirit within us (as Christians) confirms it.
    The Pharisees were skeptics and most people today seem to be also. Without faith and the Holy Spirit many things aren't to be believed. (DRM 8/23/13)

8:18    . . . I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me."

    The Pharisees said He was the only One testifying about Himself (v. 13), indicating they wanted another witness. This verse is part of Jesus' answer.
    Now that I think about it, a person can hear the Father's testimony after they have trusted in Jesus. This is the Holy Spirit aspect of the Trinity. People who trusted in Jesus at the time must have known that their belief was true - even before Pentecost. (DRM 2/27/10)

8:21    Then He said again to them, "I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going you cannot come."

    Jesus made bold proclamations. In this verse He was telling the Pharisees (v. 13) that He was going to Heaven, but they would not be coming there.
    The only way to Heaven is through confession of sins to Jesus, and they weren't doing that, thus they sold die in their sins and not go to Heaven (v. 24). There is only one other option as to where they would go when they died.
    Jesus wants all to make the right decision. Confess/repent our sins to Him and put your complete trust in Him for everything. (DRM 12/7/16)

8:23, 24    And He was saying to them, "You are from below, I am from above: you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins."

    This seems pretty clear to me. The first verse said that Jesus is God - or at least that He is from Heaven. The second verse makes it clear that we must believe in Him to live with Him. I think to die in your sins means hell. (DRM 1/1/01)

8:26, 27    "I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world." 27They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father.

    The Jews of that day were questioning Jesus, seemingly trying to make Him sin. God gave Him the ability to answer all their questions truthfully. No matter what He said they were not satisfied.
    When Jesus is in Heaven, He judges people for what they did while on earth. He also speaks to us through the Holy Spirit.
    People in that day and most people today have a hard time comprehending that Jesus is God. The Trinity is hard to explain. That's where faith comes in. We need faith to believe Jesus came, died for our sins, resurrected and will return. (DRM 9/18/17)

8:28, 29a    Jesus therefore said, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me." 29"And He who sent Me is with Me, . . ."

    How can a person explain this verse and not say that Jesus was [is] God's Son, or God Himself? In one way, true believers are like Jesus, as we have the Holy Spirit living within us. We also call God the Father, as we try to obey His directions. We can always call on God or Jesus PTL! (DRM 2/29/04)

8:31    Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;

    When Jesus spoke, apparently most Jews didn't listen! The ones that did listen, were told this simple statement. The decision for ALL people is if Jesus is the Person to believe in. That's where evangelism comes in. . . (1/2/01)

8:31, 32    So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

    After Jesus left earth at the resurrection/ascension, the main way that we can hear His word is through the reading of the Bible - which we call "The Word."
    To continue in 'My' word would be continuing Bible study. With time, I (we) will know His word, which is the truth, and by learning and obeying the truth we will be free - if we follow the principles in it. (DRM 2/28/10)

8:34, 35    Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.

    It's easier to understand each of these two verses individually, but Jesus wants us to understand the association.
    When we commit sin, we had to do it for a reason. Either we desired something earthly or Satan/demons put a thought in our mind. We were subject TEMPORARILY to that action.
    Like in a family, a slave is hired for a short term, but a son is part of the family descendants forever.
    Our sins are temporary, they don't last forever. When we bring them to God in confession, they are gone. Our being a part of God's family will last forever. (DRM 1/8/16)

8:36    "If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed."

    Some sins are addictive, we (I) seem to have no ability to stop them on our own. No matter what I try, it seems to come back. No will-power? But Jesus freed me of my sins. By trusting and obeying His word, I am free from the power of sin - and can truly worship my King and Savior and Provider. (DRM 3/11/07)

8:37    I know that you are Abraham's descendants, yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.

    To be a disciple of Jesus, you HAVE to be 'born-again'. Jesus was speaking to Jews that had not yet become disciples; thus had questions.  The Jews were all physical descendants of Abraham, but not spiritually renewed, thus they were still indwelt with the spirit of this world.
    The spirit of this world, controlled by Satan, wanted to kill Jesus, as following Him (Jesus) would be counterproductive to Satan's goal to rule the world. (DRM 11/2/13)

8:38    "I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father."

    Jesus was talking to the Jews (v. 31) and was talking about the father's that direct us. For Jesus, His Father is God, but for the Jews He was talking to, their father was the devil (v. 44) who directed their thoughts. That's really how it still is today, and the Holy Spirit is the way that people's eyes are opened to trust in Jesus as Lord. (DRM 3/12/07)

8:39    They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you are Abraham's children, do the deeds of Abraham."

    Since Jesus is the Son of God, He did the deeds of the Father. Logically, if the Jews claim Abraham as their father, they should act like him. Certainly Abraham was a righteous man, they weren't. (DRM 1/3/01)

8:42    Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me; for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me."

    This section [8:37-47] was a lively discussion between Jesus and the Jews of His day. Clearly Jesus was telling them that He was the Son of God and they were saying they were the sons of Abraham. Jesus was direct in their fate, but still had a hard time convincing them - as we still have today! (DRM 3/3/04)

8:43    Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.

    Jesus was having a discussion with the Jews and why they should believe in Him (v. 42).
    In that day, the concept of the Trinity was not known or understood. Pentecost had not occurred. The Holy Spirit did not tell them that Jesus was truly telling them the truth.
    The same thing is happening today. The people who don't believe in Jesus don't have the Holy Spirit within them to confirm the Truth. We need to take a step of faith to believe, then will receive the Holy Spirit who will then confirm His truth.
    Thankfully we have the Holy Spirit today! (DRM 2/12/16)

8:44    You [the Jews who were listening to Him] are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

    The Jews of that day did not believe that Jesus was who He said He was. Since the Holy Spirit was not in them, they had the spirit of the devil - which caused them to think the way they did.
    A lot of people today have the same problem. Since the Holy Spirit is not in them, they have no interest in Jesus. The transition from "lost" to "saved," or believers in Jesus is a miracle in how each person "comes to know the Lord." It's all by His work called grace. (DRM 10/30/11)

8:45, 46    But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. 46Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?

    This is part of Jesus' conversation with some of the Jews (v. 31).
    Just like today, a lot of people thought Jesus was crazy or a prophet or like an opinionated pastor today. They never thought He was God or the Son of God, so thought He was a liar if He said who He was.
    Today, conviction of sin comes from the Holy Spirit - but the Holy Spirit didn't come until after Pentecost, so Jesus' reference to their conviction of sin was really their doubts and distrust of some things He was saying. (DRM 6/23/12)

8:47    " . . . He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."

    This quote from Jesus is in response to the Pharisees claiming to be children of God. (v. 41)
    I hear from God=Jesus=Holy Spirit in different ways - through His word, through His people, and through the Holy Spirit's direction. My challenge is hearing the Holy Spirit clearly, and always want to hear from Him more often. (DRM 3/1/10)

8:48, 49    The Jews answered and said to Him, "Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?" 49Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. . . 

    If you think about it, Jesus' birth was confusing in that He was born in a city and grew up elsewhere and Samaria was in-between. The Jews of that day didn't know His earthly background and probably just assumed the wrong thing. Since they wanted to criticize His work, they made up the demon part as it disagreed with their philosophy.
    Today we still need to investigate everything to see if it is true, before making false assumptions. When it comes to Jesus and Christianity, the Bible is our source book of absolute truth. (DRM 8/31/16)

8:52    The Jews said to Him, "Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, 'If anyone keeps My word, he shall never taste of death. ' "

    There are two realms. The physical and the spiritual. It seems that non-believers think only of the physical realm [I did], but Jesus opened my eyes to the spiritual side, which he referred to here. We will never spiritually die. Praise God - someday soon I will begin a whole new life - in Heaven. (DRM 3/4/04)

8:54    Jesus answered, "If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing, it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, 'He is our God';

    The word self-righteousness comes to mind here. Jesus wouldn't say: "I am the greatest," but rather let God the Father do that for Him. Jesus said that His Father is God. This truth confused many people - to this day. (DRM 1/4/01)

8:55    " . . . and you have not come to know Him [God], but I [Jesus] know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word.

    The Jews were still trying to prove that Jesus wasn't who He said He was - God's Son. Jesus said that the Jews didn't know God because they didn't put their trust in Him. To accuse Jesus of not knowing the Father is like telling me (or you) that we don't know our human parent.
    The goal for me is to be like Jesus and to keep His word. (DRM 3/2/10)

8:56, 57    "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad." 57The Jews therefore said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?"

    Jesus had lots of problems with the Jews and the Pharisees! How could He explain who He is and not offend someone? His decision was to talk in parables and from the spiritual point of view — but they didn't understand 'where He was coming from.' When I think of His life, I am thankful that mine isn't as difficult - and I can explain directly if asked. (DRM 3/13/07)

8:58, 59    Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am." 59Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.

    Jesus was speaking to the Jews in the temple (v. 20, 31). They were still trying to figure out who He was and where He came from (v. 48). they referred a lot to Abraham, the founder of their faith/nation (Gen. 12:7). Was Jesus greater than Abraham or the prophets (v. 53)?
    Jesus' statement here could only be true if He was God - to be alive thousands of years earlier. The Jews that day didn't believe His statement and wanted to kill Him for what they thought was false.
    We need faith to believe everything Jesus said was true. After we express this faith, the Holy Spirit enters us and gives us more understanding over time. (DRM 1/31/17)

9:2, 3    And His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?" 3Jesus answered, "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents, but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

    The way this is worded, it seems that the disciples' question could be interpreted as a general question for future reference, or to the specific blind man before them. Jesus answered that this specific man before them was blind for His healing demonstration.
    While the general question is still unanswered, I (we) can learn that if God=Jesus wills us to be healed from any problem, He has the power to do it. We need to trust in Him and pray that He will look on us in favor and heal us when we are sick. (DRM 11/4/12)

9:4    "We must work the works of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day; night is coming, when no man can work."

    This verse is in the context of healing a blind man. I think the first word is important here. Who are "we?" Was Jesus referring to Himself and the Holy Spirit, or was He referring to Himself and His Body, the church? If I change the "we" to "I", it would be a good idea of His will for me. (DRM 3/4/04)

9:5    "While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

    While this chapter is about the man born blind, this verse got my attention today. . .
    Since Jesus was the light of the world when He was here, who is our Light now? He's specific in this verse. I believe that the Bible and the Holy Spirit are our "lights" now. We (I) always need Someone to lead us and direct our path! (DRM 3/14/07)

9:6, 7    When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, 7and said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.

    This is an example of how Jesus did His miracles. He knew why He was on earth and did this as if it was no special occurrence (matter-of-factly). It was like He did it every day. Since everything He did is not written down, maybe He DID do miracles every day.
    This is one example where Jesus performed the miracle even though the man did not profess faith in Jesus first, but did somewhat later (v. 32-33).
    God=Jesus will still heal people if it's His will and the person comes to Him in prayer/faith. (DRM 8/14/15)

9:8    Therefore the neighbors, and those who previously saw him as a beggar, were saying, "Is not this the one who used to sit and beg?"

    Jesus had just healed this blind person with the clay from His spittle (v. 6). The neighbors wanted to know how this happened - as referred to here.
    Even if we don't realize it, our life affects many others. In this case the beggar was seen by many people in a day - even if he never previously saw them.
    When other people see us, or talk to us, do they even know we are Christians by what we do or say?
    We need to show the Light by our actions - the neighbors shouldn't have to ask about our faith, it should be known. (DRM 2/18/17)

9:11    He answered, "The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, 'Go to Siloam and wash'; so I went away and washed, and I received sight."

    In this case, the miracle required the recipient to have FAITH that Jesus would heal him. He had to obey Jesus' directions.
    While all of my requests to the Lord Jesus aren't "miracles," they require that I have faith that He is listening and will provide for me. I also have to listen for His direction and do things as I think He wants me to. (DRM 3/3/10)

9:14    Now it was a Sabbath on the day when Jesus made the clay, and opened (the blind man's) his eyes.

    I may be too legalistic in my self-imposed restrictions as to what I can do on the Sabbath (Sunday to me). Here is an example of what Jesus did. He healed a blind man. He did work that glorified His Father God. If given the opportunity, I think I should do the same. (DRM 1/5/01)

9:16    Therefore some of the Pharisees were saying, "This man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath." But others were saying, "How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?" And there was a division among them. 

    This verse is a summary of the section I read today about the questioning of the [formerly] blind man. The Pharisees were the legalists of their day. If Jesus broke one law - the Sabbath - He couldn't have been from God. Meanwhile, Jesus saw a need [blind man] and determined which was His priority. We have to determine which is a priority in our lives: The Law or Jesus. (DRM 3/5/04)

    In Mark 2:27, Jesus said, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath." I think that Jesus=God wants us to honor Him and worship Him in a church once a week. He understands if we are too ill, etc. and can't meet together at times. If we are promoting Him, like Jesus' healing here, that isn't breaking the Sabbath - as He is being proclaimed to unbelievers. (DRM 3/15/07)

9:24    So a second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, "Give glory to God; we know that this man [Jesus] is a sinner."

    How is Jesus a sinner? The Pharisees said He was a sinner because he did not keep the Sabbath (v. 16). Apparently healing people is considered work.
    Since God made the Law in the Old Testament, He (Jesus) has the right to "break" the Law, since He is God. How much physical labor is needed to heal someone? - and it's all to do God's work anyway! (DRM 3/4/10)

9:30    The man [who was born blind] answered and said to them [Pharisees], "Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes.

    When I read this verse today, I thought it was humorous that the former blind man would 'tell off' the Pharisees. The former blind man knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus came from God, or He couldn't have given him sight. The Pharisees were still blind to the obvious.
    Am I also missing something that I should see? (DRM 3/5/10)

9:31    We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing, and does His will, He hears him.

    This is a quote from the man born blind, that Jesus healed. He seemed to know something that many people don't know today. The Bible seems to have many items like this that await discovery to those who read it. Lord, give me wisdom as I read Your Book. (DRM 1/6/01)

9:32, 33    Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33If this man were not from God, He could do nothing."

    This is a quote from the blind man talking to the Pharisees. He was trying to defend his new faith in the miracles of Jesus. The Miracle Worker had to be from God - as no one else could do that! The Pharisees put the man out - for this statement. As Jesus indicated later, people who think they see are often still blind. With the Holy Spirit, their eyes will be opened. (DRM 3/6/04)

    This quote is from the man born blind. Clearly his eyes were opened both literally and spiritually at the same time. With his circumstances, I can easily see why he became devoted to the worship of Jesus (v.38). When incredibly good things come that are unexpected and will lead to a closer walk with Christ - we should pay attention! (DRM 3/16/07)

9:39    Jesus said: "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."

    When the day of Judgment comes, those who believe in Jesus Christ as our savior (in their heart) will be saved. However, if you can only see the material world and not Him, you will not be saved. 
    Why didn't I see this before? How many more people need to see the Light of our Lord! (DRM 6/9/87)

10:1, 2    Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. 2But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.

    Jesus is our Shepherd (v. 11) and He is also the door (v. 7) that we sheep have to go through to enter Heaven.
    Since there is no other way to Heaven except through Jesus, the thieves and robbers may try other ways but will not succeed. Even if they got in, they would be thrown out - like the criminals that they are on earth.
    Follow Jesus, He's the only way to enter Heaven. (DRM 5/27/14)

10:3    To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

    In this illustration, sheep are followers of Jesus (v. 15). Jesus Himself is the door (v. 7). The doorkeeper is either Jesus or God.
    As Christians we are to follow the lead of our Shepherd. His voice can be heard through the words of the Bible, other Christians, or through the Holy Spirit's still small voice.
    He can call us to do a special work for Him or some other directive. Eventually He will call us home - either by "death" to earth or the Rapture at the end of this age. (DRM 9/6/12)

10:4, 5    "When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5And a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."

    Generally, I don't want to be a sheep, but I do in this case! I want to hear His voice and follow His direction! The stranger is probably Satan or one of his followers - and I need discernment to know which "side" the stranger is on. I have to know Jesus' voice through the Holy Spirit and follow only Him. (DRM 3/6/04) 

10:6    This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.

    When Jesus spoke in parables, most people didn't understand what He was telling them. On some occasions (like this one), He would explain the parable to the disciples afterwards.
    I had the same problem before I trusted in Jesus as Lord. I tried to read the Bible then, but didn't understand it, so gave up. After receiving the Holy Spirit at salvation; suddenly I could understand nearly everything in the Bible. While Revelation and some others are still difficult, the general flow and stories in the Bible now make sense. This HAS to be the Holy Spirit's making things clear that I didn't have before. (DRM 3/9/15)

10:7, 8    So Jesus said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

    Jesus is the doorkeeper to Heaven here. The sheep are the believers - who know His voice. Everyone comes to the door of Heaven, but the doorkeeper won't let them in if they don't already know His voice. The thieves and robbers are unbelievers that didn't get past the doorkeeper, thus don't influence the sheep on the other side. (DRM 3/6/10)

10:9    I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

    This "simple" statement by Jesus seems so clear to me. If people don't go through the door (Jesus), they will never enter heaven. (DRM 1/7/01)

10:10    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they [sheep] may have life, and have it abundantly.

    The thief has to be Satan and his demons. That's a goal for his life - steal, kill, destroy.
    So long as we (I) put my faith totally in Jesus, I know that He will provide for my needs somehow. I even believe that, with time, He will provide abundantly - as it states here.
    Abundantly can be more than materially, but also physically and spiritually. (DRM 10/23/11)

10:11    "I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep."

    Sheep need to follow the shepherd. As a herd of sheep, believers are all one body. Jesus is our Shepherd, and we (I) are to follow His lead. It's not for me to go out on my own, but rather to stay with the flock of other believers. Like in v. 5, we are not to follow a stranger (false teacher), but to keep our eyes only on Jesus. (DRM 3/17/07)

10:12, 13    He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.

    I'm trying to think of examples of what the Lord Jesus meant in these verses.
    Somewhere there is a pastor or secretary in a church that needs an income, but has no interest in the souls of the people in the church. They are hired hands; not a shepherd for the flock of the church. They see a threat either from a church split or outside force, but decide to leave rather than saving the flock = church. The church is split, the parishioners (sheep) scatter, and all lose, because the Lord is not proclaimed and each "sheep" loses some faith in the process/episode. (DRM 6/1/13)

10:14, 15    I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

    Jesus is the good Shepherd here. He loves His sheep and His sheep know His voice.
    I don't think often enough about how much He loves me. Sometimes I hear the Holy Spirit tell me, "I love you," and that helps me a lot; but I just don't dwell on it and realize how important it is - as confidence of salvation.
    I pray that you will also know of the love of our Shepherd. (DRM 4/1/12)

10:16    And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they shall hear My voice; and they shall become one flock with one shepherd. 

    This is one of the most difficult verses for me to understand. Where are the other folds of sheep? In far away countries or continents? On another planet? How did these others hear His voice? Through the Holy Spirit? I'm sure I'll know the answers someday. (DRM 1/8/01)

    He was speaking to the Jews at the time He spoke this. He could have been referring to the future followers of Him, who would be called Christians. (DRM 10/8/14)

10:17    For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.

    There is no doubt that Jesus came to earth and gave up His life for His sheep - the Jews and later (v. 16) the Christians who were to follow Him.
    My limited understanding of the last three words of this verse give me two options: (1) Since Jesus was referring to His life on earth, it could refer to His return to earth to take His life back again - still in our future. (2) Jesus gave up His life on earth for His sheep (us) and then went back to Heaven where He received His heavenly body back.
    In either case, I still believe He died for my sins and I will someday go to Heaven and be with Him and other believers. (DRM 10/5/14)

10:18    "No one has taken it (life) away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father."

    Like His Father, Jesus is the only person who had the authority to end His life or to be raised after His death. Jesus knew the future, including how He would die and at what time, as did His Father. This emphasizes the statement in v. 30, that Jesus is God. How can I be used to tell others of this truth? (DRM 3/18/07)

10:19, 20    A division occurred again among the Jews because of these words. 20Many of them were saying, "He has a demon and is insane. Why do you listen to Him?"

    Jesus had just talked to them about the shepherd and the sheep. The sheep only follow the shepherd's voice (v. 4). He is the door of the sheep (v. 7) and they follow Him.
    The Jews of that time clearly understood that He was saying following Him was the only way to Heaven. They thought He was crazy/insane to say that He was the only way. It was like saying He was God (v. 33).
    I think the same thing would happen today if Jesus came in the same way. The way we know Jesus is God is by the Holy Spirit living in us that confirms it. (DRM 1/13/16)

10:21    Others were saying, "These are not the sayings of one demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can he?"

    The Jewish division (v. 19) occurred because some Jews believed Jesus was the Son of God because of His works and others thought He was insane (v. 20).
    To some people, Jesus had to PROVE He was the Son of God. They wanted more dramatic miracles. Perhaps they didn't see the feeding of the thousands or the raising of people from the dead.
    As believers, we trust in what is written in the Bible and that Jesus really did everything written about Him. The indwelling Holy Spirit confirms these things in my/our hearts. (DRM 6/30/16)

10:25    Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father's name, these testify of Me.

    The works=miracles that Jesus did were the important part of His ministry. No one else could raise a person from the dead or walk on the water like Jesus did. It proves that He came from the Father. Still - then and now - people don't believe in Him, nor do they believe that what they think of Jesus effects their eternal state after death. (DRM 3/7/10)

10:27, 28    "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. "

    Jesus is our protector. He will not allow anyone else [Satan] to steal us from His Kingdom - so long as we were originally in His flock. We should also be able to hear His voice, so we can follow His will for our lives - something that I don't hear often enough - maybe because I "talk" too much and don't listen for that 'still small voice.' (DRM 3/7/04)

10:33    The Jews answered Him, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God."

    While we don't stone people, I think the same problem would happen to Jesus today. The evidence that He was/is God was through the miracles, and to dismiss them is to dismiss the evidence. Jesus said this in different words in v. 37-38. Since Jesus is still alive, I believe that He still can do miracles in individuals' lives. (DRM 3/8/10)

10:36    . . . do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'?

    At this point some Jews were planning on stoning Jesus for saying He was God (v. 31-33). Fortunately they allowed Him to speak to defend Himself.
    Jesus most often used the title - Son of Man - but also Son of God was used here; thus not claiming to be God the Father.
    Today we understand that Jesus was a part of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), but, since they did not understand, He was able to get free at that point (v. 39).
    Jesus is truly God. (DRM 2/22/12)

10:37    "If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;

    The Jews didn't know if He was the One. How could he prove He was who He was? While works don't give us salvation, they are indications of what is inside us. In this way Jesus and Christians are the same. (DRM 1/9/01)

10:38    but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father."

    [re: 10:37, 38]    Jesus had a hard time trying to convince some people that [verse 30] "I and the Father are One." He pointed to His works, which were generally miracles; but that didn't satisfy them. His sinless life was not recognized. If He were with us today - would we trust in Him? I think the way I would know would be by the Holy Spirit's confirmation within me - which they didn't have at that time. (DRM 3/8/04)

    [re: 10:37, 38]    The Jews again wanted to stone Jesus (v. 31) for claiming to be God. Here He states His works, or His miracles in my mind, prove who He is. Even the people who claim to be special today, can't do the things that Jesus did, which truly is evidence that He is who He said He is. (DRM 3/19/07)

11:4    But when Jesus heard it, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified by it."

    Was Jesus wrong? Didn't He know Lazarus was going to be dead when He arrived? Jesus wasn't wrong because He knew that His next "job" would be to bring Lazarus back from the dead. Thus, Lazarus would not be eternally dead AND Jesus would be glorified from the power that He possessed. Things are not always as they appear on the outside. (DRM 3/9/04)

    Jesus knew Lazarus' condition better than anyone and He still said that it was "not unto death," then in v. 14 said "Lazarus is dead." The only way that I can think that this is consistent would be that Lazarus didn't ever die spiritually, but did physically. The point still is to trust in Jesus for eternal spiritual life. (DRM 3/20/07)

11:5, 6    Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was.

    Why would Jesus wait? When I'm sick, I want help NOW, not in two days! Jesus knew the future, and that Lazarus would die - so He waited to perform the miracle of resurrecting Lazarus from the dead. By knowing the future, Jesus knew how to plan His days. Since we (I) don't know the future, I have to live one day at a time, and depend on Him for the future. (DRM 3/9/10)

11:11    This He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, that I may awaken him out of sleep."

    Jesus knew what His mission was. He had to go to Lazarus to wake him from being dead. Jesus knew all in advance - just like He knew me before I was born. Jesus knew His mission. I hope that now I know His mission for me - and that I can do it! (DRM 1/10/01)

11:12, 13    The disciples then said to Him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover." 13Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was speaking of literal sleep.

    Some people think the Bible contradicts itself. They could be like the disciples felt in these verses. Lazarus was dead. Jesus said he was asleep. Well, which was true?
    Many words have physical meanings AND different spiritual meanings. This is one of those. Lazarus was asleep to this world, so people on earth would call that dead. Jesus going to wake him up (v.11) was to raise him from earthly death.
    As we read more and more of the Bible these "double meanings" appear. We need discernment to know the real meanings when no help is given.     (DRM 2/15/17)

11:14, 15    So Jesus then said to them plainly, "Lazarus is dead, 15and I am glad for your sakes that I was not here, so that you may believe, but let us go to him."

    Jesus was giving the disciples a clue on what was to happen next, but they never seemed to realize it.
    Jesus had intentionally waited for Lazarus to die before He got there so He could raise him from the dead. That's why He said, ". . . so that you may believe. . . " They didn't need to believe Lazarus was dead.
`    Sometimes we miss evidence that God is in our lives - we take things for granted - like nature that surrounds us. Even that beautiful bird that was nearby should be a reminder of a loving God. Everything Jesus=God does has a reason. (DRM 3/2/17)

11:20    Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house.

    Lazarus died four days before and Mary and Martha were mourning his loss. Many wondered why Jesus hadn't come earlier to heal him (vv. 21, 32, 37), but Jesus had other plans. Since we can read the story, we know that Jesus' plans were to raise Lazarus from the dead.
    When Jesus came for dinner at Mary and Martha's house the roles were reversed. Martha was busy in the kitchen and Mary was at Jesus' feet. This time Martha went to see Jesus and Mary stayed behind.
    This was a major event in the life of Jesus and showed He was/is God. This also proves that He has and will raise people from the dead. No other person on earth can do this.
    We now have hope that He will also resurrect us when we die to this earth. (DRM 4/8/16)

11:21    Martha then said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died . . .

    Martha was probably right, but Jesus' will was different than Martha's will. Jesus knew when Lazarus was sick and didn't come (v. 6) because He intended to raise him from the dead. If Jesus had come earlier, this miracle couldn't have been performed, or it wouldn't have had the same impact that a four-day death did.
    This is another proof that Jesus is God, as no one else can raise people from the dead.
    If a person believes the Bible, and believes this story, how can they not believe Jesus is God? (DRM 10/3/13)

11:22    " . . . Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You."

    This was a quote from Martha to Jesus after the death of Lazarus. While Martha had no idea at the time what Jesus would do, she expressed her faith that He could ask God for anything and He would get it.
    Jesus wants us all to have faith like this. He loves us and wants the best for each of us. (DRM 3/10/10)

11:23, 24    Jesus said to her, "Your brother shall rise again." 24Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day."

    I have been accused of taking things too literally. When Jesus told Martha that Lazarus would rise again, He meant it literally. I'm sure I would have the same response as Martha, but should remember that Jesus can do ANYTHING! (DRM 1/11/01)

    [re: 11:23]    Like Martha, I would have thought Jesus was referring to Lazarus' spiritual condition as a believer. Technically, Jesus was speaking both physically and spiritually in this case. I thank God that my trust in Him will eventually bring me to that eternal destiny with Him. (DRM 3/21/07)

11:25, 26    Jesus said to her (Martha), "I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies 26and everyone  who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

    Lazarus died 4 days ago. Jesus had just arrived and was talking to Martha. Perhaps His point was that people who believe in Him will have eternal life. The decision that we make on earth will affect our eternal destiny. How many people that I see every day have made the most important decision of their lives? I need to ask more of them.  (DRM 3/10/04)

11:27    She [Martha] said to Him, "Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world."

    Jesus knew Martha had faith because He knows everything. He asked Martha to confirm what He already knew. He wouldn't be there to raise Lazarus from the dead unless He knew they had faith.
    For Jesus to act on our behalf, someone has to have faith that He can do it; generally the person asking for His assistance, but not always. In this case Martha and Mary had expressed their faith, as Lazarus couldn't at the time.
    Sometimes people say that Lazarus had to die twice. It would have been interesting to hear what he experienced during those four days (v. 39). (DRM 12/29/14)

11:33, 34    When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, 34and said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to Him, "Lord, come and see."

    Every word Jesus said has meaning. Mary, Martha and all the Jews were in mourning that Lazarus was dead. Jesus knew the future and that Lazarus would be raised. Jesus said "Where have you laid him?" Not saying that Lazarus was dead, but like he was asleep. He was giving us a clue as to what was planned.
    No one but Jesus=God knows what He has planned for our future or how much longer we will be on earth. Always be open to hearing His direction and following His instructions (e.g. v. 39). (DRM 8/14/17)

11:35    Jesus wept.

    Jesus is our compassionate, loving Lord. He cares all about our life and what we do. He knows our sorrow and feels our pain. When we are "alone," we should remember He is also with us. 
    Sometimes I wonder if He is listening and knows what I am going through. Just when I seem to give up, He makes His presence known, and my faith grows even more. Thank You Jesus! (DRM 3/11/04)

11:37    But some of them (the Jews) said, "Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?"

    Lazarus was sick. Jesus knew that, but delayed. During Jesus' delay, Lazarus died. Jesus also knew that.
    Why didn't Jesus come and heal Lazarus? No one knew. The Jews who were watching asked the question - but only Jesus knew the answer.
    Now we know why Jesus delayed. Lazarus would live again. In our lives we (I) also wonder why Jesus wouldn't allow something to happen that we wanted. He delays. Only He knows why. We are not to doubt, but rather to TOTALLY trust in Him.
    Jesus has our best interests in mind, it will be worth the wait. (DRM 1/19/14)

    God's actions do not always operate according to our expectations. But how He chooses to respond will certainly result in the outcome that will ultimately glorify Him. The raising of Lazarus is a wonderful example of this. (from Our Daily Bread, INSIGHT 1/19/14)

11:38    So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.

    This refers to the (first) tomb of Lazarus at the time Jesus came to raise him from the dead.
    If there's a disadvantage to being raised from the dead, it was that Lazarus had to die a second time.
    The reason I chose this verse today was the similarity between the description of Lazarus' tomb and Jesus' tomb later (John 20:1). Perhaps cave tombs were common at that time, but they aren't now. (DRM 2/26/13)

11:39    Jesus said, "Remove the stone." Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, "Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days."

    Mary and Martha believed in Jesus and told Him so when He arrived at the tomb (v. 21-27). The other Jews doubted Him (v. 37) and wondered why He delayed His arrival.
    When Jesus asked Martha to remove the stone, she didn't refuse, thus showing her faith, no matter how strong the odor could have been.
    I think Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead for various reasons - including His friendship, the faith of Mary and Martha and to have more unbelievers come to faith in Him (v. 45). (DRM 5/30/15)

11:40    Jesus said to her [Martha], "Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?"

    The context of this verse is at the grave of Lazarus. Here Jesus reminded Martha - and us - that faith is required for God to do personal things.
    In this case the glory of God seems to be Lazarus' being raised from the dead - but I can think of many other things that could also be considered the glory of God - including seeing the New Jerusalem when we approach it.
    God=Jesus has many wonderful things in store for those who have faith and have trusted Him for their salvation - the benefits will last forever.
    How can people refuse? (DRM 5/25/16)

11:42, 43    And I knew that Thou [God] hearest Me [Jesus] always; but because of the people standing around I said it, that they may believe that Thou didst send Me." 43And when He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth."

    Why did Jesus raise Lazarus? So people would know that God sent Jesus into the world. Jesus had done other healings and miracles and most still did not believe. I seriously wonder if Someone [Jesus] came to the world today if anyone would believe in Him. Praise God, He opened my eyes! (DRM 1/12/01)

    At the beginning of His ministry, Jesus said not to tell others that He was God, but I think that was reverse psychology, as He knew they would tell others about Himself. Here He wanted people to see the raising of Lazarus. He wanted us to have a basis for our trust in Him as our Savior. (DRM 3/22/07)

     Christ had to specify, "Lazarus, come forth," lest the whole cemetery empty out! (Word of Life Quiet Time Diary)

11:44    The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."

    No one else on earth (that I've heard of) has had the power to bring people back from the dead. This is one of the most convincing reasons why we should believe Jesus is God, and our Savior.
    To ignore or dismiss these miracles doesn't make sense to me. Eternity depends on our belief. (DRM 3/11/10)

11:45    Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what He had done, believed in Him.

    When Jesus was on earth He had to do things to get attention and have people believe He was the son of God; the Messiah they were looking for. When some expressed their in Him, He performed miracles that brought more people.
    When Lazarus had just been raised from the dead many Jews who saw the event were converted to believers in Jesus.
    We have never seen Jesus or any of His miracles of that time, but are Christian believers and our belief began on the witness of others. God=Jesus still works miracles in believers occasionally, but we hear little about them - I know He's alive and still helps those who put their trust in Him. (DRM 4/21/16)

11:47, 48    Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, "What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs. 48If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."

    The chief priests and the Pharisees were more concerned about their self-preservation than finding out who Jesus really was. They were fearful of losing their power. If they had talked to Him rather than opposing Him as they did, He probably would have had a longer life. (DRM 1/13/01)

    [re: 11:48]    This was the motive of the chief priests and the Pharisees (v. 47). They did not want to lose their power in the government, so plotted to kill Jesus. He was to ". . . die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish." (v. 50) While their motive was wrong, God's ultimate plan was accomplished; as it is in my life when I make errors. I still want Jesus to get the glory. (DRM 3/23/07)

11:50    " . . . nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not parish."

    This is part of a quote by high priest Caiaphas (v. 49). He seems to theorize that killing Jesus would be saving the nation, as the Romans would take away some of their authority if Jesus was still alive.
    It's interesting to me that this proposes that one person die for the nation - as Jesus really died for the world's sinners. (DRM 3/12/10)

11:54    Jesus therefore no longer continued to walk publicly among the Jews, but went away from there to the country near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim; and there He stayed with the disciples.

    The plot to kill Jesus had just been made by the chief priest. Since Jesus knows everything, He kept away. I don't think He was retreating in fear, but rather that He wanted to fulfill prophecy and be the spiritual Passover lamb. Both Caiaphas the priest and Jesus seem to have prophecy in mind. Of course, Jesus was and is in control of all events. He was and is the One to follow. (DRM 3/12/04)

12:3    Mary therefore took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

    Devotion or preparation for burial (v. 7)? It seems to me that almost everything that we do can be taken two or more ways. Mary didn't know when Jesus would die, but probably wanted to show her devotion to Him - especially for raising her brother Lazarus from the dead. Most things that I (we) do can probably be taken two ways also. I would like people to understand my reasons - before making a misunderstanding. (DRM 3/24/07)

12:4, 5    But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, 5"Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?"

    I always thought Judas decision to betray Jesus was a last minute, quick decision. This {verse four} indicates that Judas was planning further ahead - as this is "six days before the Passover (v. 1)."
    On a similar note, (v. 5), Mary probably was acting impulsively and had no concern about the cost of the perfume. She was being led by 'something like' the Holy Spirit. (DRM 3/13/10)

12:6    Now he [Judas Iscariot] said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it.

    Jesus knew what Judas Iscariot was like and his future plans before He chose him to be a disciple. Why did Jesus choose him?
    Jesus knew that He could provide for the needs of the disciples - so didn't need the money Judas handled, and Jesus knew that He would give up His life as a sacrifice for (all) our sins.
    "Someone" had to do what Judas did, and Jesus knew it in advance. (DRM 2/25/12)

12:9    The large crowd of the Jews then learned that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He raised from the dead.

    In that time there was no Internet, television or even newspaper to tell people what was going on in the community. Still, over and over we are told about the crowds that came to hear and see Jesus. This verse gives us a clue that they came to see the celebrity that was with Him - at least that time.
    Many people came, but not all believed in His message. It's the same today even without the celebrity presence. Our minds are curious about Jesus, but it's the "heart" that decides to truly follow Him. Make that heart commitment before it's too late. (DRM 4/15/17)

12:10, 11    But the chief priests took counsel that they might put Lazarus to death also; 11because on account of him many of the Jews were going away, and were believing in Jesus. 

    If I knew this part, I forgot! This proves how deceitful the priests were. Lazarus didn't perform any miracle, but they wanted to kill him too! Anything to stop the new faith from growing! Only with the Lord's help I won't be killed for trusting in Him - but then I would be a martyr. (DRM 1/14/01)

    It seems that the priests were concerned that people may not continue in their type of faith. They saw a threat and wanted to eliminate it. These two verses show that they also considered murdering the visible evidence of new believers faith - Lazarus. How would people react today? I think it would be similar. I need the Holy Spirit to direct me. (DRM 3/13/04)

12:16    These things His disciples did not understand at the first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him. 

    This seems like clear "evidence" that the disciples were like us —regular people. They saw Jesus doing all these signs, but didn't even realize that the same signs were prophesized to occur by Him when He came. After He rose again, they truly knew who He was. (DRM 1/15/01)

    The events of Palm Sunday are referred to here as "these things" (v. 13-15). It seems to me that Jesus was fulfilling so many Old Testament prophecies that no one was keeping track, then, after He was gone, they realized He had done things that were prophesized that He would do. I am also slow on realizing things I should be doing for Him. (DRM 3/25/07)

12:17    And so the multitude who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb, and raised him from the dead, were bearing Him witness. 

    The previous verses described "Palm Sunday." I didn't recall the association between the group at Lazarus' grave and the multitude waving palms on that day. 
    Without doubt, the people waving the palms were believers that Jesus could perform miracles. The question was - and still is - did they trust in Jesus as their Savior? (DRM 3/14/04)

12:18    For this reason also the people went and met Him, because they heard that He had performed this sign.

    While I'm not sure when the raising of Lazarus took place in relation to Palm Sunday, clearly it was soon afterward, as the people wanted to see the Jesus who raised Lazarus from the grave. Curiosity doesn't bring people to Heaven, it's a personal commitment; like written above about 12:17 (DRM 4/14/10)

12:19    So the Pharisees said to one another, "You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him."

    The Pharisees would do anything to prove Jesus wasn't the Messiah. They said that His miracles were of the devil and many other things. It seems to me that they had a continuous "battle" with Him from the time He was baptized until they finally succeeded in having Him crucified.
    We still have people today who act like the Pharisees. They don't accept the Bible as the literal word of God and want to follow their own paths. In the end our Savior wins - as will we who follow Him. (DRM 5/31/13)

12:24    "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit."

    I think of this as the ripple effect. The illustration of the stone in the pond. If the stone is on the shore, it is alone and has no effect on the pond, but when it is cast in, the ripples or waves continue to spread outward. I always need improvement to correct my shyness. The Bible clearly wants me to share my faith and impact others. (DRM 3/26/07)

12:25    The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 

    A person not of God knows only this world and not the next. Since he does not know or care about heaven, he thinks only of today. 
    A person of God knows that heaven is a reality and his mind should be on pleasing God and not man on this world. (DRM 9/1/87)

12:26    If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am there shall My servant also be; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. 

    Motivation! People who work for the Lord Jesus will follow Him to eternal life in Heaven. The Father God will honor us in the future for the work that we do for the Lord while on earth. Lord, let my work be honorable and serving to You! (DRM 1/16/01)

    What should be our motivation to service? Is is because of thankfulness for what Jesus has done? How about loving Him who also loved us - by dying for our sins? Are we looking for an award when we get to Heaven? While sometimes I think my motive is one of these things - probably the answer is a combination of all three. Lord, may I grow in Your understanding. (DRM 3/15/04)

12:27    "Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, 'Father save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour.

    Jesus, while on earth, felt all the things that we feel. When He knew He would die He "become troubled." As He knew the future, He knew every detail before it occurred.
    Then He knew He had to go through it for the purpose He came to earth in the first place: To be the sacrifice for all the sins of people in His future. He couldn't avoid the inevitable.
    We also have trials, probably on a smaller scale, and can also go to the Father when we "become troubled." His Holy Spirit will help us through all our trials (DRM 7/30/17)

12:35    So Jesus said to them, "For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you, he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.

     Jesus is the Light of the world. To follow Him is to be in the Light. To follow Him is to do His will and listen for His direction in ALL aspects of life. People who don't/won't follow Him, are not in the Light and follow paths that are dark and don't lead anywhere - except eternal dismay. (DRM 3/15/10)

12:42    Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue;

    Were these rulers of the church the first "silent" Christians? Certainly 90% of Christians are "silent" today. They don't seem to want others to know of their belief in Jesus. It's like a well guarded secret. Our society does not want us to speak of our faith and prohibits it in many locations. Lord, don't let me keep You or Your word a secret. I must be bold. (DRM 3/16/04)

12:44    And Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me does not believe in Me, but in Him who sent Me."

    Jesus was sent to earth to teach us about His Father, God. When we trust in Jesus, we are also placing our trust and eternal destiny in God's hands. The Holy Spirit makes this change in our hearts at the point of conversion, thus the whole Trinity is involved. (DRM 3/27/07)

12:45    He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me.

    Jesus is God. This verse, spoken by Jesus, refers to how He had God's body.
    If a person saw Jesus, then he/she was looking at a part of God. They didn't see all of God (nobody has seen God and lived), but just one third of Him. (DRM 12/21/11)

12:46    I have come as light into the world, that everyone who believes in Me may not remain in darkness.

    There were several good verses in this section of John {John 12:34-50}. In this verse, Jesus again stated how important it is for people to believe or trust in Him. Like some summer bugs that are attracted to lights at night, we should be attracted to the light of Christ. (DRM 1/17/01)

12:48    He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.

    When I first read this verse, I thought the "one who judges him" would be God. The cross-reference for this verse takes us to John 5:45 among others and the accuser there is Moses.
    The Jews at the time had a lot of faith in Moses, apparently as much as God Himself. While Jews love the story of Moses, he is not God.
    If we reject Jesus and His teachings, we will still be judged on the last day. The rejecters will be sent to Hell. The choice has to be made while we are alive - don't delay choosing Jesus as Lord. (DRM 6/1/15)

12:49    For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.

    Jesus and God are the same and also different. This is part of the mystery of the Trinity. God sent His Son, Jesus, to earth and Jesus did His Father's will, as instructed. Jesus demonstrated by His miracles that He could do things that only God can do. He is totally worthy to be worshipped - as He is a part of God. (DRM 3/16/10)

13:5    Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

    This is one of the great examples of how Jesus was a servant to His disciples. He set the example of how we are to help and serve others. No matter how much I (we) do, it will never be equal to what Jesus did to save me from my sins. I always need to do more to help others. (DRM 3/28/07)

13:6    So He [Jesus] came to Simon Peter. He [Peter] said to Him [Jesus], "Lord, do You wash my feet?"

    Clearly Peter felt unworthy to have the Lord Jesus wash his feet, or that Jesus shouldn't be doing such a thing; so he initially refused. Then Jesus said he wouldn't be a part of His family if he refused (v. 8).
    Jesus was setting an example (v. 15) where the disciples were to be servants to others - like He had just been to them. While we (as disciples) don't have to wash others' feet, we are to be spiritual servants to others - by leading them to the Lord and teaching them (discipling) what we have already learned. (DRM 8/28/14)

    Washing their feet was not a mere ritual. It could also be seen as a picture of our need of Christ's cleansing - cleansing that will never be realized unless we are willing to be humble before the Savior. (— from Our Daily Bread - Bill Crowder - 8/28/14)

13:7    Jesus answered and said to him (Peter), "What I do you do not realize now, but you shall understand hereafter."

    Jesus was washing His disciples' feet at the Passover meal. They had not yet received the Holy Spirit, so apparently did not understand all of His actions. 
    Jesus was being a servant to them. He was setting the example of how all of us are to live and serve Him. If God allows me to be a leader of anything, I will have to remember to assist in the duties of my subordinates. (DRM 3/17/04) 

13:8    Peter said to Him, "Never shall You wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me."

    Peter seemingly wasn't being submissive to the Lord Jesus' will here. If Jesus is Lord, and I believe that, then I will do whatever He asks. By objecting, Peter was being corrected by Jesus' statement. I (we) must always be willing to do whatever He asks. (DRM 3/17/10)

13:10, 11    Jesus said to him [Simon Peter], "He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you." 11For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, "Not all of you are clean."

    [Re: 13:10]    In Jesus' day the people wore sandals or nothing on their feet and the sandy roads certainly must have gotten their feet dirty fast. Jesus wanted to show His love in doing this act. The person that wasn't all clean was Judas. The other 11 were completely clean. (DRM 1/18/01)

    At the beginning of this statement, Jesus was referring to the fact that the disciples had already taken a bath, but only their feet were dirty from walking on the dirt floors/streets. Then the thought changed to "not all of you," which referred to His betrayer, Judas.
    We have a similar example in our churches today. Not everyone who goes to our church is a Christian. Some are just curious and some reluctantly go with their family. They aren't betrayers of the faith, but not of the faith - yet.
    If this is occurring in your family, show them Jesus' love and be glad they are going to church. Pray for their soon salvation. (DRM 6/6/17)

13:13, 14    You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.

    In that day, people wore sandals and their feet got dirty just from walking on the sandy streets. Their feet got dirty more than their hands and head (vv. 8-11).
    When Jesus washed the disciples' feet, He was illustrating being a servant to others' needs. This doesn't necessarily mean we need to wash people's feet that are literally dirty, but rather to serve their needs in other ways you can help.
    As God gives you gifts, share them with others. (DRM 9/12/17)

13:14, 15    "If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash another's feet. 15For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you."

    This is easy to understand, but harder to do. In washing others feet, I think Jesus was talking more about helping others in trouble and caring for their needs as they arise. Lord, help me to improve on this! (DRM 1/19/01)

    [re: 13:15]    While this refers to Jesus washing the disciples feet, or serving others (v. 16), I think it should refer to all that Jesus did while He was on earth. While I can't heal people, or raise them from the dead, I can try to help people and try to share Jesus' love with them in any way possible. (DRM 3/29/07)

13:16, 17    Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. 17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

    Jesus had just finished washing the disciples' feet. He wanted them to learn to be servants or slaves to others by His example.
    In this verse (v. 16), Jesus seems to be referring to Himself, but it also seems logical in today's world. A servant - low grade employee - can move up in a company and be President - but Jesus seems to be referencing a specific point in time.
    What's the point? Be humble and be willing to serve others in one of many possibilities. (DRM 6/2/13)

13:18    I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, 'HE WHO EATS MY BREAD HAS LIFTED UP HIS HEEL AGAINST ME.'

    In this verse Jesus is presiding over the Last Supper. He had just washed the disciples feet and told them that He was setting an example for them. (v. 14-15)
    This verse refers to a prophecy in Psalm 41:9 that Jesus' friend would turn against (betray) Him.
    As Christian disciples, we are also chosen by Jesus=God to serve Him both here and in Heaven. We are to follow His examples and tell others about His love and forgiveness to those that repent of their sins. (DRM 4/23/13)

13:19    From now on I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He.

    The way to determine if a prophet was sent from God is when the things that he prophesized came true. Here Jesus wants us to test Him by the same standards.
    Since everything He said has come to pass so far, it is the cause that we should trust all His words to be true. (DRM 3/18/10)

13:20    "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me."

    The other Scripture I read today [Deut. 18:15-21] dealt with false prophets and how to determine who to believe. Here Jesus tells us that we must believe those whom He has sent. Sometimes it would be nice to have people have name tags "person of God" or "false prophet" so I could not be distracted as much. I want to listen to the "person of God" so I may receive Jesus, and also God Himself. (DRM 3/18/04)

13:21    When Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit, and testified and said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you will betray Me."

    Jesus had just told the disciples that someone who would eat with Him would lift his heel against Him (v. 18), but they probably didn't understand, so this time He said it clearly so they would understand what was going to happen.
    This is another evidence that Jesus is God. He knew the future including every detail. No other human can do that. We can guess and sometimes be close, but Jesus did, and still does, know all the details. He deserves our worship and praise for all He has done and continues to do. (DRM 2/12/17)

13:26    Jesus then answered, "That is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him." So when He had dipped the morsel, He took and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.

    John had just asked Jesus who would betray Him (v. 24-25).
    Apparently the others did not hear John's question, as they didn't know why Judas left the table so abruptly (v.28).
    Like everything else, Jesus knew the heart of Judas and what would happen in the coming 24 hours.
    Jesus knows our future also - but we don't. He wants us to serve Him every day by showing, talking or writing about Him so as to encourage others and lead them to a new or closer walk with Him. (DRM 8/29/13)

13:27, 28    After the morsel, Satan then entered into him [Judas]. Therefore Jesus said to him, "What you do, do quickly." 28Now no one of those reclining at the table knew for what purpose He had said this to him.

    The other disciples apparently didn't believe that Judas would betray Jesus. Jesus just finished telling them (v. 21) that one of them would betray Him, then they asked John who it was (v. 25) and He made it clear (v. 26). In the following verse (29) they still didn't understand.
    This is another example of how we have far better understanding of the past than the future, as we see what happened.
    Jesus=God knows the future, that's a reason why we need to trust in Him. He loves His sons and daughters, thus we know, with faith, all will work out the way He wants it to - for our ultimate best. (DRM 6/27/17)

    [Re: 13:27]    While I don't understand the term "Satan then entered into him," I think it's like a demon entered into Judas and directed him on what to do in going to the priests to betray Jesus.
    Jesus knew He would suffer for the sins of the world. Like most of us, we don't want the experience to take a lot of time, but rather to be completed quickly. Jesus also knew the trial wouldn't happen on the Sabbath, so had to occur quickly to be completed before then. (DRM 3/28/13)

13:29,30    For some were supposing, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus was saying to him, "Buy the things we have need of for the feast"; or else, that he should give something to the poor.  30So after receiving the morsel he went out immediately; and it was night.

    Jesus knew the plan that Judas would betray Him. There is nothing Jesus doesn't know - except - perhaps - the day He will return.
    Jesus just told the disciples (v. 21) that one would betray Him, then said who it would be (v. 26) and still the disciples didn't know why Judas left the supper. They missed what was really happening. The Holy Spirit wasn't in them - perhaps that's why they had no discernment.
    No one wants to be betrayed by their 'friend'. The Holy Spirit within us will give us discernment on who to trust and who not to trust. (DRM 10/23/16)

    [Re: 13:30] Jesus knew Judas was going to betray Him that evening. Jesus dipped the bread morsel into the wine (v. 26) and said, "What you do, do quickly." and Judas knew the mission he was on, so left immediately.
    No one else knew Judas' mission (v. 28) besides Jesus. If they did, surely they would have stopped him.
    Jesus also gives us missions to do for Him - thankfully good missions - to proclaim His Kingdom or help the poor or almost anything. These can be secret or not, but if we receive them clearly He wants us to do them in haste - as we never know when our earthly life will be over. (DRM 9/18/16)

13:31, 32    When therefore he [Judas] had gone out, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him; 32if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately."

    Jesus seems to be telling us more about the future then seems obvious. Judas had just left the last supper to betray Him (v. 21), but only Jesus knew what was happening - or it's outcome. The last word in v. 32 indicates to me that Jesus went to the Father, or was glorified immediately upon death. (DRM 4/10/07)

13:33    Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, 'Where I am going, you cannot come.'

    Jesus was about 33 years old, the disciples were about the same age, but He called them little children as they had a lot to learn. Jesus knew He was going to Heaven but they couldn't come - yet. Their job was to share the gospel with the world before following Him to Heaven. Am I doing what I am on earth for? (DRM 3/19/10)

13:34    "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another."

    When I sit on the the bus, quite often I pray for the others there. How I hope that they will know Christ as their Savior. But they don't know any of this. My love for them only God knows. How will they know Him unless someone tells them? (DRM 1/20/01)

13:35    "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

    For many years I have felt unqualified to be a disciple of Christ, because I have never experienced "love." While I don't know the original language this was written in, I understand different things are expressed in the word love. While I have never experienced physical love, I still spiritually love others and deeply care for their souls - even if it is not mutual. (DRM 3/19/04)

13:36    Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, where are You going?" Jesus answered, "Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later."

    Since we know that Jesus was crucified, we know what Peter didn't know when he questioned Jesus here.
    Remember that Jesus was 33 years old and in good health. There was no reason to expect that He would die anytime soon.
    Of course Jesus was going to return to the Father - to what we call Heaven. (DRM 10/7/11)

13:37    Peter said to Him, "Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my life for you."

    Jesus just told Peter that He was going but Peter could not follow - yet. Technically, Peter's statement was correct up to Jesus last word . . . yet, or later (v. 36)
    Peter was willing to lay down his life for Jesus, but he still had a life of evangelism ahead of him. After Peter had completed his mission, Jesus would bring him to where He was — but not yet.
    God has a plan for each one of us. We don't know what day His mission will be complete - it could be today. Our (my) job is to share His love and message somehow and always be ready for His call to come "home" to where He is. (DRM 5/17/12)

13:38    Jesus answered [Peter], "Will you lay down your life for Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you deny Me three times."

    Peter wanted to go where Jesus was going. He didn't understand it would be His crucifixion, but Jesus knew and said that Peter would not literally do what he just said he would. Peter sinned by lying to Jesus, showing us again that he was human; just like us.
    Since Jesus knew the future, He prophesized that Peter would deny Him three times in the next few hours. It was a test to see if Peter was truly willing to die for Jesus - and he failed that. It's very hard to want to die when it's staring at you.
    As Christians we have to be willing to die for Jesus. (DRM 1/22/15)

14:1    Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.

    This quote by Jesus is to give Christian believers assurance that trusting in Him will bring a wonderful future (v. 2).
    It's easy to look at this world and not see or think about our next abode. It's just not a place where we can see with our physical vision. Still, it exists and it's exciting to consider what will happen there - so long aw we have put our faith in Jesus. (DRM 4/17/13)

14:2    "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.

    There were three choices in this short passage {John 14:1-7} to write about, but I chose this one about the future. Without verses like this one, I would feel that my life would just come to a dead-end and all was useless. Here Jesus tells us that we do have something to look forward to — a new life - a home prepared for us by Jesus - who loves us! (DRM 1/21/01)

14:3    If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

    This brings up the question: What will my heavenly home be like? I have heard at least three answers to that question. Did Jesus refer to a spiritual dwelling, a physical dwelling or a compartmental dwelling (like apartment) in a big city; New Jerusalem?
    Once I had a vision of my physical home in Heaven, but it really doesn't matter as much as being with Jesus whatever He decides. (DRM 3/14/12)

    The specifics of Christ "preparing a place for us" are now cloaked in mystery. Likely it will be part of the new heaven and the new earth described in Revelation 21. In this radiant new environment, believers will have glorified bodies and experience joy for eternity. ( Our Daily Bread, Insight, 3/14/12)

14:4, 5    . . . And you know the way where I am going." 5Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?"

    Jesus spent three years with His disciples to show them the way in one fashion or another. With all the healings He performed and control of nature they certainly knew He was the Messiah sent by God.
    Still, Thomas and the others didn't know what would happen in their future. Jesus could be going on a journey for all Thomas knew. Thomas was not paying attention to what Jesus said in vv. 2-3.
    We have the benefit of history and know of Jesus' death and resurrection which was where He was going.
    The only way to be with Him is to go the way (death) He did or - hopefully - be raptured at the end. (DRM 12/1/13)

14:6    Jesus said to him [Thomas], "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. . . "

    Some people say that there are many ways to Heaven, and that Jesus is just One of them. How can Christians say there's only One way?
    Here's the verse that makes it clear to me. So long as I believe the contents of the Bible, I have to believe the words in this verse. (DRM 3/20/10)

14:7    . . . if you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him."

    Quite often I write "Jesus=God" in my comments because they are the same.
    This quote from Jesus clearly states that He and His Father (God) are in each other . . . or the same to us. This could lead to confusion as Jesus prayed to God in other passages.
    The Trinity is a reference to the three aspects of God=Triune God: The Father (God), Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit. Three personalities, but only one God. (DRM 8/9/13)

14:8    Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us."

    Jesus clearly stated that knowing Him was to know the Father (v. 7). Philip wanted a physical presence, and Jesus made it clear in verse nine that if a person saw Him (Jesus), he also saw the Father. (DRM 6/4/14)

14:9    Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, 'show us the Father'?"

    Who is Jesus? Billions of people have had to decide the answer in their heart. It seems to me that the answer is in this verse, and clarified in the surrounding verses. Jesus is God. To be Christians, we need to believe this. Thank you, Jesus, for opening my eyes and to have faith in You. (DRM 4/10/07)

14:10    "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works."

    Jesus, as the Trinity, had the Father and the Holy Spirit dwelling in Him. He was illustrating to Philip and the other disciples how He was indwelled by the other Two. After Pentecost, believers would also become indwelt - by the Holy Spirit, thus this is a reminder to me how we are to reflect His Spirit to others. (DRM 3/20/04)

14:11    Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.

    When a person becomes a born-again Christian, the Holy Spirit enters their body. Thus the Holy Spirit is "in" them.
    In a similar way (because of the Trinity) Jesus is in the Father God and the Father God is in Jesus spiritually.
    Even if you don't believe this, then Jesus wants us to believe in Him because of all the works that He did on earth (e.g. eyesight to the blind, healed various diseases, walked on liquid water, rose Lazarus from the dead.).
    Jesus wanted so much for us to believe in Him that He was willing to die for our sins. All we have to do is repent and accept His gift in our heart. (DRM 9/29/12)

14:12    "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father."

    In some ways this is a confusing verse. Jesus healed the sick and raised Lazarus from the dead. Who can do more? A great evangelist can be used of God and thousands can know salvation at one time, modern medicine can make people live longer . . . times have changed. (DRM 1/22/01)

14:13, 14    Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

    Often I think of Jesus=God as a father figure. If I were to ask my father for something that would hurt me, he would deny my request . . . as he wouldn't want anything bad to happen to me - he knew that something else that was better would be better for me.
    Jesus is like that. I can ask for anything I want, but if Jesus thinks it wouldn't be good for me - He can deny it. He knows something better will be coming and we/I will need patience for that. Even if I can't have my request, He knows it and will act on it in the right way at the right time - even if that is in Heaven. (DRM 12/20/14)

    As we pray, we yield to God's wisdom, love, and sovereignty, and we confidently ask "in Jesus' name." (from Our Daily Bread 12/20/14)

14:15    If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

    What is a Christian? A Christ follower. Christ was not Jesus' last name, but an indication that He was/is the Messiah. So, if I hear the words "Jesus Christ," I think of Jesus, the Messiah.
    As a Christ follower, we will want to do whatever He wants and go wherever He leads. The commandments that God gave to Moses are still in force and the other directives that Jesus gave us to lead a devoted life are also referred to here.
    If we love Jesus, we will want to keep His commandments. How else would we be Christians (Christ followers)? (DRM 9/13/12)

14:16, 17    And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you. 

    This is a good description of the Holy Spirit - the final third of the Trinity. Once we become believers, the Spirit comes to live in us. He is the convictor and tells me when I'm doing wrong things that God is not happy with. He also tells me good things and reminds me of the love of the Father on occasion. (DRM 1/23/01)

14:18    I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

    This is part of a statement by Jesus. In the previous verse He refers to the Holy Spirit and how He will live in believers; so, since Jesus is not physically here, He has to be referring to the Holy Spirit in this verse also.
    The Holy Spirit is sometimes mysterious because we can't see Him, but, like our conscience, He tells us to go the way that the Father (God) wants us to go, and it's great to know He's always with me (us) as believers. (DRM 1/13/12)

14:19, 20    "After a little while the world will behold Me no more; but you will behold Me; because I live, you shall live also." 20"In that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you."

    I would call this "assurance of eternal life!" Jesus told His disciples that He was leaving earth, but, as believers, they would see Him again. Since He was going to be alive after death, that we also will be alive to be with Him. "That Day" seems to be in Heaven, but also could be the day that we initially trust Him with our souls. (DRM 3/21/04)

14:20    On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

    I have listened to many discussions lately about the "trinity" and think this passage is close to the answer.
    Jesus is in God and we are in Jesus and He is in us. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all one in us, as we are in Him, by our faith. (DRM 1/1/87) The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are One trinity, but I now feel that the Holy Spirit is the One that lives in us. (DRM 1/10/04)

14:21    ". . . He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him."

    This quote by Jesus refers to the 'commandments' that God gave Moses. By saying "My" commandments, Jesus is again saying He is/is in God. Our loving Jesus is loving God Himself - by doing so, He will also love us (me). God=Jesus will tell us His will so long as we (I) love Him and listen for His direction. (DRM 3/21/10)

14:22    Judas [not Iscariot] said to Him, "Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?"

    This is like a transitional verse that I didn't want to skip, but have little to write about.
    This Judas apparently was another of the disciples' of Jesus, but not among the twelve*. Probably Judas Iscariot wouldn't have asked this since he wasn't a believer in Christ. Jesus answered Judas in the next two verses.
    Jesus wants us to ask questions at any time, and I do that a lot! The harder part is keeping still to hear the answer - that we hear through the Holy Spirit. (DRM 11/25/15)

    *not in both lists. See John 6:16

14:23    Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him."

    This could be another trinity verse. Certainly Jesus and God are referred to here, but the action of the Holy Spirit, and not His name are also referenced.
    On days like today - when I am discouraged - it's great to be reminded that Jesus and God still love me and want the best for me. (DRM 4/11/07)

14:24    He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me.

    Unbelievers obviously don't love Jesus, or they would want to be like Him. Very few of them would read the Bible, unless they were considering following Him. (Which is where His words are.)   
    In the second part, Jesus states that these words are not His, but from the Father, God. (DRM 11/5/11)

14:25, 26    "These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

    All three parts of the Trinity are mentioned in these two verses. Jesus is telling us that His Father, - God will send the Holy Spirit to direct our lives - after Jesus left earth.
    The Holy Spirit indwells all people who have put their faith in Jesus. He directs our path each day, He arranges who we will meet with each day (or at least knows) and, most importantly, convicts us of our sins; so we can confess them as they occur.
    As these things happen in our lives, we have the assurance of salvation and know that God=Jesus loves us and we will be with Him someday in Heaven. (DRM 4/20/17)

    [Re: 14:26]    Here is another reference to all of the Trinity - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    When we (I) need direction, the Holy Spirit is ready to direct me - my challenge is HEARING His voice. I will know that it is the Holy Spirit when the direction is Biblically based, as He would not tell me something that Jesus=God wouldn't approve of. (DRM 3/22/10)

14:27    "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

    Sometimes accepting Jesus' love is not as easy as it seems. Here Jesus gave us his peace, but I didn't "see" Him do it. It has to be something that I can "feel!" The Holy Spirit allows us to "feel" His peace - and this feeling should calm our troubled heart from fear. (DRM 1/24/01)

14:28    "You heard that I said to you, 'I go away, and I will come to you.' If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I."

    This verse is a little confusing because the context (vv. 25-26) shows that the Holy Spirit will come to believers after Jesus left earth.
    The Bible cross references (John 14:3, 18) refer to Jesus' literal return in the future. At least John 14:3 does.
    This "conflict" doesn't really matter because both things are true. After Jesus 'went away', He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell believers to teach us His ways. When the Father decides, Jesus will also return to take His church/believers home to be with Him. (DRM 5/27/16)

14:29    "And now I have told you before it comes to pass, that when it comes to pass, you may believe."

    The sign of a true prophet of God is if the prediction that he makes comes true over time. This statement by Jesus, combined with His other predictions that all came to pass, proves that He was - at least - a prophet. Other religions recognize this about Jesus, and it could lead me to tell others' of Jesus' statements that He and the Father are One. Praise God for opening my eyes! (DRM 3/22/04)

14:30    "I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me;

    Jesus knew that His death was coming - as that was His purpose in life. Of course the ruler of the world is Satan - and Jesus would have nothing to do with him. Many spiritual things that are happening today are NOT Christ-centered. We (I) need discernment to see the difference and to follow Jesus, our King. (DRM 4/11/07)

14:31    . . . but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here.

    Jesus knew His Father's will. He wanted to please His Father, so did as He was told (or commanded).
    God's will was for Jesus to die for the sins of the world (past and future). Jesus understood that, but the disciples didn't. The better part was that Jesus would rise again and live forever as our Lord.
    Thank you Jesus, for dying for my sins and rising from the dead! (DRM 1/31/12)

15:1    "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

    The key word in this verse that jumped out at me today was "true."
    Jesus is the true vine in the vineyard and we, His disciples, should be the branches that get our nourishment from the vine=Jesus.
    There are other vines in the vineyard that aren't true - they must be planted by Satan. I would call them weeds - that don't give good fruit.
    We want to be attached to the Truth and get our nourishment from Him. If we find that we are attached to the wrong vine, go to the vine that spiritually nourishes you - and find a way to share your faith to be productive for the vineyard. (DRM 5/5/15)

15:2    He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

    How often I feel unfruitful! Many times I feel that I was given the opportunity to speak to someone about Christ and didn't. I can only thank the Lord that He still loves me and will give me more confidence as I learn more about His word. (DRM 5/26/87)

15:3    You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

    As believers, we are branches of the vine, which is Jesus. In this verse, Jesus says we are "clean." The reference in my Bible states clean="pruned, like a branch." So, as believers, we have already been pruned and accepted into God's Kingdom.
    That doesn't mean that, now as believers, we should quit sharing the Good News! This could relate to spiritual growth where we need more and more good nourishment from the Vine to grow stronger in our faith.
    Learning will never end. (DRM 1/24/16)

15:4    Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.

    It's established in the Bible that Jesus wants to abide in us. The question is: do we abide in Him? Do we (I) follow Him daily and serve Him in whatever way He directs?
    Visualizing a grape vine, the nourishment comes from the ground and is transferred through the vine to all its branches. If the vine is cut at ANY point between the ground and the fruit, the fruit will die from lack of nutrition. We are the same spiritually - as we need our nutrition/dependence on the Lord Jesus=God; the Bible. (DRM 6/5/13)

15:5    I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing. 

    Total dependency. In every way throughout my life, I must learn to depend on Jesus. When I am told by the Holy Spirit to do something, I MUST do it and know that it will work out. Without this dependency, He will ignore my requests and I will be of no use to Him. (DRM 1/25/01)

    This verse has a special impact for me, as I may have drifted off of the vine and need to get re-attached. I think that God's will has been for me to distribute bookmarks, and I have failed the past few cold months. I hope to get "back on track" and be a better servant to my Savior, Jesus. (DRM 4/12/07)

15:6    "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch, and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned."

    This section refers to the vine and the fruit that it produces. While I personally feel unfruitful, I hope that my invisible seeds (the bookmarks) are bearing fruit that I will see in heaven. This verse refers to the final fate of unbelievers. It makes me think of Rev. 20:15 where non-believers will eventually be. If preachers could compassionately tell people of their fate for unbelief, perhaps they would trust in Jesus before it's too late. (DRM 3/23/04)

15:7    If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

    This is a difficult verse. Why? It's so clear!
    It starts with an "if," so we won't get what we ask for if we don't trust or abide in Jesus. For His words to abide in me, I'd have to memorize them more, or internalize them in my actions with others. As a representative of Jesus while on earth . . . I would ask Him for only the things He desires for me to have in the first place.
    We are encouraged to ask, but He still decides if He will grant our requests. (DRM 7/4/14)

15:8    My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

    The Lord God wants us to share the Good News of Jesus' resurrection with others. When a person trusts in the Lord as a result of our witness, we bear fruit. We can also bear fruit in other related ways (e.g. prayer).
    A non-Christian wouldn't tell others about Jesus, as they haven't trusted in Him themselves.
    Sharing Jesus with others is a proof that you (I) are truly one of His disciples. (DRM 4/6/12)

15:9    Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.

    When I read these words, they seem to be directed to me - individually.
    While Jesus spoke these words nearly 2,000 years ago - they seem as He spoke them today. Parts of the Bible are like that - and other parts are history of the past that can also apply to us today.
    This verse is a reminder of Jesus' love to each of us - and I (we) always need that! (DRM 1/29/12)

15:10    If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.

    The goal in life is to keep the commandments. The challenge is that no one can succeed. That's why we need a Savior - the Lord Jesus. Jesus loves us so long as we try and ask His forgiveness (repent) when we fail and correct for our errors.
    He also wants us to 'bear fruit' (v. 8) which can be done in various ways. (DRM 3/23/10)

15:11    These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

    This verse totally refers back to v. 10 above.
    Jesus wants us to keep His commandments, just like He did/does for His Father. So long as we love Jesus, and follow His direction/commandments, He will also love us. A person who loves someone else on earth would not intentionally want to harm them. Jesus doesn't want His followers to be harmed either.
    Knowing these facts should make us joyful - because all we have to do to receive Jesus' love is to follow His commands/principles in life. (DRM 2/14/14)

15:12    This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.

    Jesus wanted His disciples to love one another, just as He loved each of them.
    This hasn't changed over the past 2,000 years. Jesus still wants fellow believers to love each other - even though we have differences of opinion on various subjects.
    Sometimes it's hard to love others that have disagreements with us - but Jesus wants us to forgive others and to go on serving Him - perhaps in a different way.
    We are to love all other believers, but even more important is to love Jesus, our Lord. (DRM 10/7/12)

15:13    Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

    This is a familiar verse, but is it to be taken spiritually or physically? The first thought is physically, because Jesus physically gave up His life for His friends - the disciples and all of us who have followed Him and His teachings since that day almost 2,000 years ago. If we were to die to save our friend that would truly show our friendship.
    The Lord Jesus also wants us to think of helping and doing things for our friends instead of thinking only about "what I want to do today." Time is something that is hard to give up and giving it to others needs shows that you/I truly value their friendship - hopefully for eternity. (DRM 12/17/14)

15:14, 15    You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.

    As Christians, we have an unusual relationship with the God of the universe. We are in awe of His power and authority, yet His Son, Jesus, calls us friends. It doesn't seem appropriate to be a friend to Someone who can do absolutely anything to us in a second. How can this be?
    When we put all of our faith and trust in Jesus, He became a father type to us as He wants only the best for us, but can't give us everything, as He wants us to grow up to be more like Him.
    Keep faith in Jesus, serve Him; He knows our heart and loves us in return. What He does will be for the best. (DRM 11/13/16)

    The way we see Jesus determines how we relate to Him. If we focus only on His power, we may treat Him with the detached worship we'd give a comic book superhero. Yet, if we overemphasize His kindness, we risk treating Him too casually. The truth is that Jesus is both at once —great enough to deserve our obedience yet humble enough to call us friends. (from Our Daily Bread JENNIFER BENSON SCHULDT 11/11/16)

15:16    "You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you."

    It is my firm belief that God knows everything. Jesus said here that He chose and appointed us to do things for Him. He knew in advance who would be His followers. 
    Jesus also points out that some will know Him, but will not remain. I think this refers to people who know Jesus in their minds, but not their hearts. Still, He wants us to go and share with others. God will reward us for the fruit that we harvest for Him. (DRM 3/24/04)

15:17    "This I command you, that you love one another.

    Jesus wants us to love one another.
    This isn't limited to just other Christians, but also our neighbors (Gal. 5:14) and even our enemies (Matt. 5:44).
    How can we do this? This doesn't seem to be human nature. When we became Christians, the Holy Spirit entered into us. This Holy Spirit is in control, if we let Him.
    While it may not be "human" nature to love some of our neighbors or enemies, the Holy Spirit within us points out the good things in those same people. As we are loving to them, they will also want to be more kind to us - then the world will be a better place. (DRM 1/19/17)

15:18    "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.

    When Jesus was on earth - in the world - He was totally different than what the world acted like. As followers of Jesus, we are to be totally different than what the rest of the world is like - just like Jesus.
    Because we are different from the worldly people, they don't understand why we act like we do, then disagree with what we stand for (Jesus), then it progresses to hate and now we, as Christians, are being killed because of our faith.
    At times it's good to reflect on this verse. They hated Jesus first, and hate us now because of Him - it's not us - it's the Holy Spirit living in us. (DRM 10/6/15)

15:19    If you were of the world, the world would love it's own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 

    I feel that I'm in the world, but not of it. Most non-Christians (pagans) do not understand our faithful devotion to Jesus. They either ignore it, or openly ridicule us for following Him. In some places, the hate for Christians can lead to death. Lord, prepare me to accept whatever You will. (DRM 1/26/01)

15:20    Remember the word that I said to you, 'A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

    We are (as Christians) slaves to the will of Christ. He will always be our Master. When He was alive, and really to this day, He was ridiculed and His name became a swear word. People have come to hate even His name. As His followers, we (I) should expect some of the same treatment. It's part of the identification process with our Leader. (DRM 4/12/07)

15:21    But all these things they will do to you for My names sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.

    Some people in the world (not all) do not like Christians. They will ridicule our faith and some claim it is a "crutch." When that happens, I don't take it personally, as they are truly criticizing our Leader, rather than us (me) personally. I just smile and let them go away, as I know that the Truth is Jesus. (DRM 3/24/10)

15:22, 23    " . . . If I [Jesus] had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23He who hates Me hates My Father also.

    Let's say the end of the age has come. The people who never put their trust in Jesus have now arrived at the great white throne (Rev. 20:11-15) where their deeds on earth are judged. It will be obvious that they never put their full trust in Jesus and won't be able to say they never heard of Him, as they were witnessed to in one form or another. Loving God and hating Jesus won't work. They will be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:15).
    If you haven't put your trust in Jesus, this is your future. This decision has to be made while you are alive on earth.
    Don't delay, do it today! (DRM 6/7/17)

15:24    If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.

    I think Jesus is referring here to the Jews, but in today's society it could be expanded to the whole world. Most of the world knows of Jesus and His work, but still don't believe - by this they are showing their hate for the message - and will suffer in the future. (DRM 1/27/01)

15:26, 27    "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, 27and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning."

    In these two verses, Jesus was talking to His disciples about the Holy Spirit that would come to them at what we call Pentecost (Acts 2). After they received the Holy Spirit they would be more bold to tell others about Jesus and all that He told them while He was on earth.
    The disciples had been with Him from the beginning, when He called them to travel with Him.
    While we were not with Him almost 2,000 years ago, as believers, we are followers of His and want others to know about Him like the original disciples did. (DRM 10/22/17)

16:1    "These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling.

    Jesus' ministry was to save us from our sins. He also wanted/wants us to study His words and learn from them. He only wants the best for us - and the way to keep from stumbling is to stay on the narrow path outlined in the Bible. (DRM 3/25/10)

16:2, 3    "They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God." 3And these things they will do, because they have not known the Father, or Me."

    [re: 16:2]    As I read this verse, I immediately thought of 9/11/01. The 19 men who hijacked the planes already hated Jews and Americans - making us the "outcasts." They thought they were serving God by their act, but verse 3 states: "And these things they will do, because they have not known the Father, or Me." All of us will be judged someday for what we did here on earth. I hope that I can hear, "Well done . . . " (DRM 3/25/04)

    My first thought on reading these two verses is the 9/11/01 events and how the perpetrators' thought they were offering service to God. Earlier, in v. 2, Christians have been generally excluded, but not banned, from going to synagogues to this day. Both of these prophecies came true and are right up-to-date for me (us) today. (DRM 4/14/07)

16:4    But these things I have spoken to you, so that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told you of them. These things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.

    The previous verses refer to people who will want to kill Christians and Jews and think they are serving God (v. 2). While this has occurred at various places and times in the past, today it's the radical Moslems that want to kill Jews and Christians.
    Yes, Jesus told us this would happen; it's another prophecy fulfilled. No one knows how long this will go on and how prevalent it will be here (in USA).
    As Christians, we are not to lose faith in the Lord Jesus. We know that He is the true Ruler and will win in the end. (DRM 8/11/15)

16:5, 6    But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, 'Where are You going?' 6But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.

    In these verses, it seems that Jesus had explained to the disciples that He would die and they understood. In the following verses Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would come after He went away (v. 7) and what the Holy Spirit would do.
    The disciples understood death, but not His resurrection (vv. 16-22), which took more explaining. It had not occurred before.
    Thankfully, we have the benefit of history and God's Word to teach us what happened and will happen to us if we put our complete faith in the Savior=Jesus. Put your faith in Him today if you haven't done it. (DRM 12/22/16)

16:7    But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 

    I wonder if the disciples knew who the "Helper" was. The description almost makes it sound like another human being. Now we know it is the Holy Spirit that convicts us and keeps us going. Without the Holy Spirit I would never be a Christian. Thank you Lord for the Holy Spirit! (DRM 1/28/01)

16:8, 9    And He [Holy Spirit], when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; . . .

    [Re: 16:8]    Jesus said here that He was going to the Father (v. 5), but after that He would be sending the Holy Spirit.
    This verse briefly mentions the three things that the Holy Spirit would do while on earth. We are to expect Him to 1. Convict the world (believers and unbelievers) of their sin. 2. Lead people to righteousness as they grow in the Lord spiritually and 3. Tell us of future events before they occur - to keep away from the judgment that is coming to this world (v. 11).
    The Holy Spirit tells us what He has been told to do so (v. 13). (DRM 3/27/15)

    After Jesus left the earth, He sent the Holy Spirit to live here. When Christians put their faith in Jesus and repent of their sins, the Holy Spirit comes into that person to direct their life and convicts us of our sins.
    This verse states that the Holy Spirit comes to the world. Non-Christians are convicted at times and know they are sinning against God; many have heard of Jesus, but won't put their trust in Him. If they listen and their heart/soul is tender, the Holy Spirit talks/convicts them,. When they put their trust in Jesus, then the Holy Spirit is invited to live within them. (DRM 5/15/17)

16:13    But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.

    The Holy Spirit is our intermediary between the Father (God), the Son (Jesus) and us. From this verse He is like the facilitator of communications to us. He will only communicate the words that He hears. My (our) job is to listen for His voice, and then to do as we are told - as it is God's will being spoken. (DRM 3/26/10)

16:14    He [Holy Spirit] will glorify Me [Jesus], for He [Holy Spirit] will take of Mine [Jesus] and will disclose it to you.

    We all have a conscience. It's that little voice inside of us that tells us what to do, or convicts us if we've done something wrong.
    I think the conscience could be either the Holy Spirit or  demon, depending on what was said to our mind. We (I) determine if the "speaker" is the Holy Spirit by asking ourselves if the suggestion is Biblical or can answer the question, "What would Jesus do?"
    Don't let the conscience be your guide, let the Holy Spirit be your guide. (DRM 5/2/12)

16:15    All things that the Father has are mine; therefore I said, that He takes of Mine, and will disclose it to you. 

    Here is the whole Trinity in one verse! The Holy Spirit will disclose Jesus' thoughts to us. When I ask questions to the Holy Spirit, the answers sometimes take a little while, but I am confident of the Real source. (DRM 1/29/01)

    Jesus was speaking of when the Holy Spirit comes, after His departure. I think this verse is a good illustration of the Trinity. Jesus receives from the Father and gives to the Holy Spirit who discloses it to us. While I don't pray to the Holy Spirit, I definitely receive from Him! [I pray to the Father and the Son.](DRM 3/26/04)

16:16    "In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me."

    I believe this verse is speaking to me by saying: We will not see Jesus in the flesh here on earth, but will feel His Spirit. 
    After a little while (our lifetime) we will see Him again, but this will most likely be in Heaven. (DRM 8/1/87)
    I believe that this verse was spoken to Jesus' disciples, and He was preparing them for His death. Then they would not see Him for three days, then they would see Him again. (DRM 1/20/04)

16:17    Some of His disciples then said to one another, "What is this thing He is telling us, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'; and, 'because I go to the Father'?"

    Jesus was telling His disciples what would take place in their near future. He was going to die on the cross (crucifixion) and be dead for three days, then return (resurrection) and be with them a little while longer.
    Everything that was prophesized about Jesus' arrival came true, and everything Jesus said about Himself relating to the future has come true, so we should expect that the other prophecies in the Bible will also come true in His (God's) time. It's exciting to see things happen today that we were told would happen. (DRM 1/30/16)

16:18    So they were saying, "What is this that He says, 'A little while'? We do not know what He is talking about."

    Jesus told His disciples, "A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me." and they didn't understand that He would die and return to life three days later. It wasn't on their mind that He would die as He was still young (apx. 33).
    Lazarus had already been raised from the dead (John 11:43) but the association was not in the disciples minds.
    We need faith that all Jesus said is true even today. He promised to return (Rev. 22:12), so we know He will. Be ready, it could be today! (DRM 3/5/17)

16:19    Jesus knew that they wished to question Him, and He said to them, "Are you deliberating together about this, that I said, 'A little while, and you will not see Me, and again a little while, and you will see me'?

    The disciples didn't understand Jesus' prophecy about His resurrection. It had never happened before. As time progressed it all made sense. We have a similar question today when we/I ask "how long, Lord?"
    Jesus' answer then was probably the same as it would be today. (v. 22) . . . " I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, . . . " When this interim period is over it will seem like just a short time, as eternity with Him will be before us.
    I/we need patience as we wait. the evidence is all around us. God has given us the Holy Spirit to comfort us as we wait. He WILL return and our joy will offset all the time waiting. (DRM 8/22/17)

    Though we have never seen Jesus face to face, as believers we have the assurance that one day we will. In that day, the anguish we face in this earth will be forgotten.  But until then, the Lord has not left us without joy — He has given us His Spirit (ROM. 15:13, 1 PETER 1:8-9). (From Our Daily Bread 8/19/17 ALYSON KIEDA)

16:20    Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned to joy.

    Jesus was predicting His own death and resurrection.
    When He died, the disciples wept and lamented that He did not live long enough or do what they hoped. The world of unbelievers rejoiced that Jesus was gone - so they thought. The grief was turned to joy on Sunday morning, Resurrection Day, as they found out that Jesus was alive again - and that they would also go to be with Him in time.
    While we haven't experienced what they did, with faith, we know that we will also see Him soon - either in His return or our "death" to join Him in His Kingdom. (DRM 4/1/15)

16:21    "Whenever a woman is in travail she has sorrow, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she remembers the anguish no more, for joy that a child has been born into the world."

    I thought of a spiritual interpretation for this verse (or was it really the Holy Spirit who told me?) The woman here could represent believers. As believers, we have various trials or travails here on earth. When we are transferred to heaven, our trials will all be forgotten - as our joy at being there will offset all of the trials that we had on earth - and it will be worth the wait. PTL! (DRM 4/14/07)

16:22    Therefore you too now have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one takes your joy away from you. 

    Jesus was talking to the disciples and telling them that they would see Him again. While I have never "seen" Jesus, the joy of meeting Him on that special day will be worth all that I have gone through here on Earth. What a wonderful day that will be! (DRM 1/30/01)

16:25    These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father.

    Jesus knew He was going to die soon. He was preparing the disciples by telling them in advance.
    In John 16:7, Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit that would come after His death and resurrection. In this verse I believe He is also referring to the Holy Spirit that would come.
    Jesus spoke in parables, but the Holy Spirit tells us clearly what to do - as He (Holy Spirit) indwells our body as soon as we trust in the Lord Jesus for our eternal destiny. (DRM 1/17/13)

16:26    In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf;

    The day that Jesus spoke these words He was on earth. Apparently the disciples gave them their prayer requests and He interceded for them to the Father God.
    In this verse, Jesus said that soon they would be praying to the Father directly and wouldn't need Him (Jesus) to be an intermediary.
    Today, when we pray, we should be praying to God, but also in Jesus' name. This could be because we (as Christians) believe that Jesus died for our sins and provided a way to have our prayers heard by the Father. (DRM 6/24/13)

    In John 16:28, Jesus spoke of His incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, which make it possible for believers to have direct personal access to the Father (14:6) and for the Holy Spirit to be our Helper and Teacher (vv. 16, 26; 15:26; 16:7-15). From INSIGHT, Our Daily Bread 6/24/13)

16:27    for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from the Father. 

    It's nice to be loved. It's a feeling that has eluded me most of my life. Somehow God feels the same way. He knows when we love Jesus and then loves us. So long as we love Jesus, and believe that He [Jesus] came from God, They will Both love us. Praise the Lord! (DRM 1/31/01)

    One of the assurances of salvation is answered prayer. While my prayers seem to sometimes go unanswered, my most common response has been, "I love you." At times it's uninitiated, thus I feel that this comment is truly from the Father through the Holy Spirit. (DRM 4/15/07)

16:28    "I came forth from the Father, and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again; and going to the Father."

    This verse is so clear that even the disciples understood [verse 29-30]! Jesus came from God, His Father in Heaven. After His crucifixion He would return to His Father in Heaven. As Christians, we have become a part of the spiritual body of Christ and will meet together in Heaven someday. That will be a great day! (DRM 3/27/04)

16:29, 30    His disciples said, "Lo, now You are speaking plainly and are not using a figure of speech. 30Now we know that You know all things, and have no need for anyone to question You; by this we believe that You came from God."

    God sent Jesus to earth to die for our sins so we could live with Him in Heaven for eternity. All we have to do is trust totally in what Jesus did. We can't do enough works to earn a ticket to Heaven. Christians do works in thankfulness for what Jesus' has already done.
    Jesus' statement in v. 28 was clear and to the point. The parables were confusing to the disciples probably because the Holy Spirit wasn't in them yet. Still, they knew Jesus was special by the miracles He performed.
    Jesus' works bring us to Him, but His death and resurrection were needed for us to join Him in Heaven. (DRM 2/7/16)

16:31    Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe?

    Jesus had just explained some things and the disciples said He was speaking plainly (v. 29). They understood that He had come from God (v. 30).
    This short verse seemingly could be taken out of context and still have the same meaning. We ALL must believe in Jesus to live with Him in Heaven. His purpose in life was to die for our sins, so we could live with Him. . . but we need to believe He was the Christ/Savior - and no one else. (DRM 10/9/14)

16:32    Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone; because the Father is with Me.

    This is a part of another quote by Jesus to His disciples. Jesus knows the future and told them that they would be going back to their homes - to begin the dispersal of the Gospel. Jesus was going home to His Father. He called this alone - in comparison to where He was - in Jerusalem. I'm sure that as believers entered Heaven that He wouldn't be "alone" for long. (DRM 3/27/10)

16:33    . . . These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."

    While Jesus' context was His soon departure to the Father, this verse can and should apply to each of us today.
    So long as we are true believers in Christ, He has sent His Holy Spirit to live within us. This is the Spirit that tells us what to do and calms us (me) down when I get nervous.
    I know that sometimes the spirit of the world, which is a type of sin, gets me anxious, but He (Holy Spirit) calms me down before too long.
    The Lord Jesus will and has overcome the world and all of its tribulations. (DRM 7/24/12)

    In the midst of troubles, peace can be found in Jesus. (from Our Daily Bread 7/23/12)

17:2    even as Thou [God] gavest Him [Jesus] authority over all mankind, that to all whom Thou [God] hast given Him [Jesus], He [Jesus] may give eternal life. 

    This is another verse that makes me think of predestination. "That to all whom Thou hast given Him" seems to indicate that God knew whom He was going to choose before they were born. My feeling still is that even though God knew, we don't and should talk to ALL people - with the hope that God opens their eyes. (DRM 2/1/01)

17:3    "And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent."

    This is just one verse of the "High Priestly Prayer" of Jesus to the Father. One of the challenges of the faith is comprehending the trinity. In John 10:30, Jesus said He is one with the Father. Here Jesus is praying to His Father; referring that the Father sent Him to earth. The only logical solution to this confusion really is the trinity - which is one reason that I need faith to understand things which are hard to explain while on earth. (DRM 4/15/07)

17:4, 5    I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. 5Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

    Jesus was praying to His Father, God.
    Just by the way He prayed, we know they had two different personalities and communicated to each other. Since Jesus did God's work on earth, we see Him as a part of God Himself.
    In His prayer, Jesus said He had completed the work He was sent to do - to show people God's love for them. He knew His earthly death was coming and, at least in this prayer, was looking forward to His return to being with the Father.
    Since Jesus was looking forward to being back in Heaven, we should be excited too! I know it will be totally different than earth and look forward to serving Jesus there - however He needs me. Hope you are ready to go also. (DRM 6/5/16)

17:8    . . . for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understand that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me.

    This is part of a prayer from Jesus to the Father. Here Jesus tells God how He progressed with the disciples that God gave Him (Jesus).
    I noticed that Jesus didn't say the disciples understood all His words (yet), but they received them and believed in Him and that God sent Him. Still I think that's a lot for a ministry that lasted only three years on earth. (DRM 3/28/10)

17:11    "And I (Jesus) am no more in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep them in Thy name, the name which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We are. 

    Jesus loves His followers. He knew He was about to depart this world and rejoin God the Father in Heaven. Jesus was praying that God would protect and keep His followers. His great desire that they be one, like a unified family, or like Jesus and God are one. This is disappointing considering the church of today. (DRM 3/28/04)

17:14    I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

    This is from Jesus' "High Priestly Prayer." Clearly the prayer was directed to His Father=God at the time it was given.
    Jesus was telling God that He fulfilled His mission. He had given the disciples the words God gave Him. As followers of Christ, they were hated by the world. They had a new spiritual heart, thus not of the world - those who did not have Christ in their heart. Clearly Christ Himself was not a part of the world in this respect.
    As followers of Jesus today, we are also disciples and not a part of the world or its system. We are in the world, but not of it. (DRM 10/31/16)

17:15    I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.

    This was Jesus' prayer for his disciples. Some people would like to go straight to heaven after becoming believers, but Jesus didn't ask for us to be taken out of the world, but to be a light to the world. He asked Go to protect us from Satan - thank you Jesus! (DRM 2/2/01)

17:17    "Sanctify them in truth; Thy word is truth."

    I visited a church yesterday where the attendees were asked where to get the truth. To my surprise the answer WASN'T the Bible or the word of God, but rather their hearts. We (I) need the Holy Spirit to live within us and for Him to direct us - in addition to the Bible; Thy word. (DRM 4/16/07)

17:22    And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them; that they may be one, just as We are one;

    Jesus prayed not for the division of the church into factions, but for unity, "that they may be one." Sin has divided the church. There are branches of all the major Christian areas as I know them. That wasn't the plan, but God knew it all in advance. (DRM 2/3/01)

17:23    I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.

    This is another part of Jesus' high priestly prayer to His Father, God. This refers to believers in the future - because we don't have unity yet. It is a great goal, but since we are on earth, there are differences of opinion on how to do certain things - like worship styles. In Heaven, Jesus will unify us and make all things clear that cause factions today. PTL! (DRM 3/29/10)

    The united testimony of the transformed disciples was the validation to the world that the Father truly sent the Son. (Word of Life Quiet Time Diary)

17:24    Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world."

    I can't think of any better words to seal my eternal future. Sure, I want to see Christ's glory! It's exciting to know that I do have something to look forward to, even when I'm ill, I must remember that Christ will always be with me - both here on earth, and later I will join Him in heaven. (DRM 9/2/87)

    This continues the prayer of Jesus which began at the beginning of this chapter. It's always nice to hear people pray for you. . . here Jesus is praying to God that we believers will be with Him - in Heaven - to behold His glory. This assurance of eternal destiny is the main thing that keeps my faith alive. Thank you, Jesus for loving me that much! (DRM 3/29/04)

17:25    "O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;

    "The world" of Jesus' day is the same today. It consists of unbelievers in Him and His Father. Generally they know of Him (Jesus) and the Father, but don't put their complete trust in Him. Without doing that, their eternal fate is not pleasant.
    Jesus was completing His "High Priestly Prayer" which concerned His disciples - as intercessor.
    I believe that Jesus still prays for us today. He doesn't want us to go "off track" and to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. (DRM 8/17/14)

17:26    . . . and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them."

    This is the final verse in Jesus' "High Priestly Prayer."
    While Jesus is God, they are separate parts of the Trinity. The third part, the Holy Spirit, is also referred to in the last four words of this verse.
    Jesus knew He was going to die the next day, and prayed for the disciples and, by association, the future Christian church - which they would make known to the world.
    The indwelling of the Holy Spirit had not arrived yet, but was referred to as the love between the Father and Jesus, then Jesus to those who believe in Him. (DRM 2/8/13)

18:6    When therefore He said to them, "I am He," they drew back, and fell to the ground.

    Judas had just brought the guards etc. to the garden and they asked for Jesus. As shown here, Jesus said, "I am He." Why did they fall to the ground? I would not expect a policeman to fall on the ground if arresting someone. They must have known who He really was. (DRM 2/4/01)

    Judas had just led these officers to arrest Jesus. When they located Him and asked for Him, they acted differently than what I would expect. They "fell" or seemingly knelt before their King - before taking Him away. He must have appeared different than others to receive this honor. Before long, Jesus was bound and taken away - all as He had prophesied. (DRM 3/30/04)

18:7-9    Therefore He again asked them, "Whom do you seek?" And they said, "Jesus the Nazarene." 8Jesus answered, "I told you that I am He, if therefore you seek Me, let these [disciples] go their way," 9that the word might be fulfilled which He spoke, "Of those whom Thou hast given Me I lost not one."

[Re: 18:7, 8]    The arrest of Jesus showed His kindness to the other disciples that were with Him. He had prophesized that they would all leave Him (John 16:32) and they scattered when He was arrested.
    Jesus knew the future, as He does today, and put up no resistance to His arrest. He knew His time had come. It was His Father's will (v. 11) and He was determined to do it.
    When we know God's will, we are also to follow it - no matter how difficult. He has a purpose for each of our lives. (DRM 11/5/16)

[Re: 18:8, 9]    Jesus was in the process of being arrested. Still, He was thinking of the possibility that they could arrest all of His disciples also; so asked that they only arrest Himself. He knew that the disciples would have to continue His ministry in the future and showed His concern for their safety, as He does for each believer to this day. (DRM 4/16/07)

    Father, how prone I am to reacting quickly rather than wisely. Show me Your will for my life so that I will purposefully choose the path You have for me. (from Our Daily Bread 11/4/16)

18:12    So the Roman cohort and the commander and the officers of the Jews, arrested Jesus and bound Him,

    Of course my mindset is what I would expect today. I can understand the arrest, but don't understand why Jesus was bound, as He never was known to do destructive acts, nor was He likely to run away - He had just surrendered! How would I feel if I were arrested because I was a Christian? Would I stick with Jesus or suddenly "lose" my faith to avoid the consequences? My eternal destiny would depend on that decision. (DRM 3/30/10)

18:14    Now Caiaphas was the one [high priest] who had advised the Jews that it was expedient for one man to die on behalf of the people.

    I didn't remember this part. Suddenly this verse brings the word atonement to my mind. This priest seemed to advocate killing Jesus, but also wanted it "on behalf of the people." While his reasoning was wrong, it WAS for our good. (DRM 2/5/01)

18:17    Then the slave-girl who kept the door said to Peter, "You are not also one of this man's disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not."

    This was the first of three denials of Peter. Why would Peter deny his Lord? I think it was self-preservation. If I (you) were in the same situation, unknown of the fate of Jesus, what would I say? We (I) have the benefit of history and know Who wins, so have to be prepared to defend our faith in Jesus, if needed. (DRM 3/31/10)

18:21    (Jesus said) "Why do you question Me? Question those who have heard what I spoke to them; behold, these know what I said."

    Jesus was "human" besides being God. While questioned about His teachings, apparently He didn't want to go into a discussion about every facet, and suggested that the congregation could be questioned. He knew His fate in advance and didn't seem to want to prolong the process. No matter what He said, He would die the next day. I think I would also choose the shortest route, so I could also "get it over with." (DRM 3/31/04)

    Generally Jesus was quiet during His trials. This verse almost seems uncharacteristic of Him. Still, He tried to defend Himself here and sets another example for me (us). When someone opposes me, especially for my Christian faith, I should defend myself also. (DRM 4/17/07)

18:22    When He had said this, one of the officers standing nearby struck Jesus, saying, "Is that the way You answer the high priest?"

    The priest was asking Jesus about His disciples (v. 19) and Jesus answered truthfully that the priest should ask them/disciples (v. 21) what they thought of Him. Apparently the officer thought He was giving the wrong response, even though it was true.
    Like Jesus, we can be falsely accused of many things; especially in today's anti-Christian society. If people don't like Christians or Jesus, they are already predisposed to dispute whatever we say.
    Still, God=Jesus wants us to share His love/words in whatever way we can. (DRM 6/18/15)

18:31    So Pilate said to them, "Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law." The Jews said to him, "We are not permitted to put anyone to death,"

    The Jews thought they were law abiding citizens. They claimed to be following their own Law - given in the Old Testament, which includes "do not murder." So, they were asking someone else (government) to do it for them. These people, at that time in history, wanted Jesus out of their lives - that doesn't mean all Jews forever are guilty of what they did that day. (DRM 4/1/10)

18:33    Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?"
                And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, "I find no guilt in Him. . . "

    This verse was in response to Jesus' statement in v. 37 "Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
    Pilate makes me think of the many people today who question, "What is truth?" and believe that each person has their own truth. When it comes to Jesus and the Bible - there must be a foundation of absolute truth. (DRM 4/17/07)

18:36    Jesus said "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."

    Another verse that shows us that Jesus Christ is God. This verse tells us that Jesus is the leader of the kingdom of heaven. 
    When there is any doubt in my mind, I just have to remember that Jesus Christ is always available to help. He is not only the leader of heaven, but also my (and other Christian's) life. (DRM 9/3/87) 

18:37    Pilate therefore said to Him, "So You are a King?" Jesus answered "You say correctly that I am a King. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."

    Jesus clearly knew why He was there before Pilate. Certainly He was not on earth to take over Pilate's rule. The most important part of this verse is the last sentence. To hear Jesus' voice, we must be believers in Him. From then until now, believers have heard His voice through the Holy Spirit, and done His will on earth. (DRM 2/6/01)

    King Jesus is the ruler of Heaven. His Father gave Him authority. He is our intermediary to the Father. He bore witness to His status - which is the Truth. We Christians who believe in our hearts that Jesus is King and ruler of our hearts are His subjects. Our earthly job is to hear His voice and do His will. (DRM 4/1/04)

19:4, 5    Pilate came out again and said to them, "Behold, I am bringing Him out to you so that you may know that I find no guilt in Him." 5Jesus then came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, "Behold, the Man!"

    At first I thought that Pilate didn't want Jesus crucified, but now I wonder - as Pilate seems proud in these two verses of the crown of thorns and purple robe. Certainly Jesus must have been bleeding from the crown, but Pilate seems happy of this "accomplishment" from the soldiers (v. 2). God knew all that would happen and allowed it to fulfill His purpose for humanity. (v. 11) (DRM 4/2/10)

19:6    When therefore the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, "Crucify, crucify!" Pilate said to them, "Take Him yourselves, and crucify Him, for I find no guilt in Him."

    I'm unsure what to think of Pilate. He did not see a good reason to crucify Jesus, so it showed a bit of compassion; but he also submitted to the Jews and followed their "suggestion" — probably to keep his office. I wonder if he later became a Christian? I don't know how I'd deal with the same situation. (DRM 4/18/07)

19:7    The Jews answered him [Pilate], "We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God."

    Pilate could see nothing wrong with Jesus and didn't want to hurt Him, but the Jews wanted the responsibility for their law. I can see where some people could take this verse and hate all Jews, but I don't feel that all people in a religion should be condemned for a few 2,000 years ago. (DRM 2/7/01)

    Why did the chief priests demand Jesus' death? Here the answer is clear. Jesus said He was the Son of God. What He said was true. In a way He was transparent and had nothing to hide. He performed many miracles to prove His claim - and still they denied Him - Jesus is calling each of us to deny ourselves, and live transparent lives for Him. (DRM 4/2/04)

19:8    Therefore when Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid;

    This is an intermediary verse transitioning between thoughts.
    Pilate didn't want Jesus to die. The Jews/chief priests wanted Him to be crucified (v. 6), because Jesus "made Himself out to be the Son of God" (v. 7). Pilate was stuck between two factions.
    While it appears that Pilate had some faith in Jesus, it isn't real clear. Later Jesus said Judas had more sin than Pilate (v. 11).
    I still believe that the Jews of today are given the opportunity to trust in Jesus no matter what happened 2,000 years ago. (DRM 6/10/14)

19:16    So he [Pilate] then delivered Him to them [the Jews] to be crucified.

    The Jews did not have the authority to kill anyone, but needed the government to authorize the death. Pilate was most reluctant to do their will, but gave in - to keep the peace.
    While the Jews of that era, in that city, wanted Jesus to die - no one should take the decision of 2,000 years ago and apply it to all Jews of today. (DRM 4/18/07)

19:17    They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha.

    Since it has been nearly 2,000 years since this event, I understand that no one is for sure where this exact site is. I have seen photos of a rock formation near Jerusalem that looks like a skull, so they theorize that the site was near that spot. While I've never been there, the important part is to believe that Jesus died and rose again! (DRM 4/3/10)

19:18    There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either side, and Jesus in between.

    The Bible gives us every detail of Jesus' life on earth that we need to know. It's the inerrant word of God . . . totally true.
    While not in this passage, the Bible also records His conversations with the other two men that were crucified with Him (Luke 23:39-43).
    Some artwork today shows that the cross that Jesus died on was larger than the others, but that is not stated in the Bible, so I don't believe that's accurate.
    Thank you, Jesus, for dying for my sins! (DRM 3/2/14)

19:19    And Pilate wrote an inscription also, and put it on the cross. And it was written, "JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS."

    In verse 12, "Pilate made efforts to release Him, but the Jews" . . . wouldn't hear of it. The Jews also objected to the wording of this sign, but Pilate wouldn't change it. Certainly it wasn't Pilate who had Jesus crucified, but the chief priests who were in control at that time.  (DRM 2/8/01)

    Pilate did not think Jesus deserved death. He was "outvoted" by the people in the crowd that day. While this is only my opinion, it seems that by the actions of Pilate, that he was or almost considered being a follower of Christ. Pilate had this inscription written about Jesus, and refused to change it for the crowd. Like Pilate, we [I] should be more vocal in proclaiming what is True. (DRM 4/3/04)

19:21, 22    So the chief priests of the Jews were saying to Pilate, "Do not write, 'The King of the Jews'; but that He said, 'I am King of the Jews.' " 22Pilate answered, "What I have written I have written."

    Pilate was seemingly scared (v. 8). He didn't want to kill Jesus. He tried to get the Jews to let Him go when he offered to let a prisoner go free for Passover (18:39)+(19:12).
    Still, the Jews of that day wanted Jesus crucified. Pilate gave in. It seems to me that he might have believed in Jesus.
    Some people today still accuse the Jews of today for killing Jesus. I don't think today's Jews had anything to do with 2,000 years ago.
    God was in control that day, and He is still in control today. Jesus died for the sins of all mankind. (DRM 10/18/15)

19:24    They said therefore to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be"; that the Scripture might be fulfilled, "THEY DIVIDED MY OUTER GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND FOR MY CLOTHING THEY CAST LOTS."

    Jesus=God knows every detail of my life, just like the example of the soldiers here. While I am traveling today, He knows exactly what roads I will take and who I will see before I do. He knows all my thoughts and actions - and He still loves me - even though I don't deserve it! (DRM 4/19/07)

19:27    Then He said to the disciple (John), "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her into his own household.

    Why would Jesus suggest that His mother, Mary, live with John? Probably she lived alone. Joseph is not mentioned, and Jesus' brothers were probably already out on their own, since He was 33. This suggests to me that Jesus wants us to have companionship with other believers. (DRM 4/4/04)

19:28    After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, "I am thirsty."

    Jesus knew that there were many prophecies in the Bible about the details of His life - and death. It's amazing that He fulfilled them all! In Psalm 69:21 it states "for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink."
    To fulfill this many prophecies about the coming Messiah; He had to be the Man! (DRM 4/4/10)

19:30    When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head, and gave up His Spirit. 

    Jesus had received the wine in this verse, then made the statement "It is finished!", which His earthly life was, but the best was yet to come. Where there is a finish, there is a new beginning and we have Jesus to thank for that. (DRM 2/9/01)

19:31    Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

    I'm not a physician/doctor but have a theory that the reason that the Jews wanted to break the legs of the crucified was to be sure they were dead before they were buried. If they revived in the tomb, they couldn't get far with broken legs.
    Fortunately (v. 33), they didn't do that for Jesus and that fulfilled another prophecy (v. 36). (DRM 3/29/13)

19:33    But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.

    This verse and commentary has caused me to faint on thinking of the brutality of Jesus Christ's death. I currently feel that reading these verses repeatedly may help me to continue to feel His suffering and keep my faith strong and His love in me. (DRM 4/17/87)

19:34    but one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water. 

    Some people wonder if Jesus really died after being crucified. They think He just slept for 2 or 3 days. While I don't know a lot about medicine, I think if there is water mixed with blood that it shows that the person has died. He had already lost a lot of blood before hanging on the cross from the scourging, etc. There should be no doubt that He really died. Thank God for the Ultimate gift! (DRM 4/5/04)

19:35    And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.

    The one who is testifying here is the author, John, who was an eye-witness to the death of Jesus. He wants us to clearly understand that Jesus died and didn't faint. He's putting his reputation on this statement. Depending on what church you go to today, pastors will agree or disagree with what John wrote. I believe him, as I believe all that's in the Bible. (DRM 4/5/10)

19:36    For these things came to pass, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, "NOT A BONE OF HIM SHALL BE BROKEN."

    The Jews asked that His legs be broken, as they did for the other two, but the soldiers didn't do it. While this may seem like coincidence, it was really another fulfillment of prophecy. When all put together - the prophecies lead only to one Savior - Jesus. (DRM 2/10/01)

19:38    And after these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. He came therefore, and took away His body.

    Like Joseph of Arimathea, there seem to be a lot of secret Christians. I can understand why a person would want to keep the secret if they live in a country where they will face persecution for their belief, but in the USA, we are free to worship however we please. Jesus wants Christians to meet together and be one family of believers. (DRM 4/19/07)

20:2    So she [Mary Magdalene] ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him."

    The empty tomb is close to the most important part of my Christian faith - it indicates that Jesus rose from the dead - with all the governmental investigations at the time (probably), no one ever found Jesus' body, because He's risen! He's alive!
    Since Jesus rose from the dead, I believe, with faith, that I will also - when He's ready for me. (DRM 4/6/10)

    The resurrection of Jesus Christ was a powerful demonstration of victory won over sin and death. Those who know Christ as Savior will experience this newness of life. (Word of Life Quiet Time Diary)

20:7    and the face-cloth, which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself.

    If I were to come to the tomb, as John and Peter did, what would I think? Were the linens unwrapped, or did Jesus rise through them? While the answer isn't clear in this verse, I believe that Jesus rose up through the linens and soon after showed Himself to be alive again. (DRM 4/20/07)

20:8, 9    So the other disciple [John] who had first come to the tomb entered then also, and he saw and believed. 9For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. 

    What did John believe in verse 8, if it wasn't the resurrection? Certainly he believed that Jesus was gone, but where was He? John believed with his head that something had happened, but it would be a little while before he were to see Jesus. (DRM 2/11/01)

    John often called himself the other disciple, so I think he is referring to himself here. . . When John saw the empty tomb - he believed. He was this first person to believe in the resurrection of Christ. Probably as the writer, he said the others forgot or didn't know of His promise to rise again. John's faith and writings have led millions of people to Christ, truly sharing his faith that day. (DRM 4/6/04)

20:14    When she [Mary Magdalene] had said this, she turned around and beheld Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 

    Mary Magdalene was a close follower of Jesus. She knew what He looked like before He "died." Now that He was resurrected, He had a new body, and she didn't recognize Him. This shows me that I will also have a new resurrection body. How will I be recognized? (DRM 2/12/01)

    As I get older and have more pains, I look more and more forward to getting a new body. When Mary first saw Jesus, she did not recognize Him, but when He spoke, she knew who He was. Somehow the people in Heaven who we knew on earth will also recognize us. (DRM 4/7/04)

    One of the greatest mysteries to me is what I will look like in the next life in Heaven. Mary Magdalene didn't recognize Jesus at first, thus He had a different appearance. But others (Luke 24:16) recognized Him when their spiritual eyes were opened. Some aspects of His (our) bodies will be the same in both places. (DRM 4/20/07)

20:17    Jesus said to her [Mary Magdalene], Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.' "

    Mary didn't recognize Jesus by His appearance, but by His voice (v. 16). He had a new physical body. This wasn't a spiritual body because Mary was "clinging" to Him - like hugging Him in love.
    Since Jesus received a new physical body, as a believer, I believe that I will also have a new body for my new life in Heaven. (DRM 4/7/10)

20:18    Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord," and that He had said these things to her.

    Jesus did many miracles in front of the disciples over three years - including raising Lazarus from the dead. He told them He would arise on the third day, but somehow they didn't believe or anticipate His being seen alive again.
    Mary Magdalene was the first to see the risen Jesus. She talked to Him and knew it was true. Thomas was the most doubting, but later more and more people saw Jesus.
    All of these witnesses can't be wrong. While we can't see Him today, His Holy Spirit confirms in our believing heart that it's really true! (DRM 3/27/16)

20:19    So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you."

    This was resurrection evening, and the disciples were afraid that the Jews would kill them also - since they already crucified Jesus. Jesus didn't come the usual way, by opening the door, but through a wall or ? After He gave them the Holy Spirit (v. 22), they no longer had fear of the Jews - as they went out to proclaim that He was risen! (DRM 4/8/10)

20:20, 21    And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
                   21So Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you, as the Father has sent Me, I also send you."

    Jesus had risen from the dead that morning. The disciples were meeting in a room that evening when Jesus appeared - not coming through a door. His body was different - but He still had the scars on His hands and side to prove who He was.
    Jesus, while on earth, wanted people to put their faith in Him, so they could join Him in Heaven. Now He was sending the disciples, including you and me, to share the same news that we believe and want them to also. We have a 'mission' to do - just as the disciples did that evening. (DRM 10/2/17)

20:22    And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit."

    It was resurrection evening. All of the disciples were present except Thomas; probably 10 men? This is different from the Day of Pentecost [Acts 2:2-13] when they spoke in tongues. Jesus went to explain things to the disciples throughout His earthly ministry, then to the public. It seems that His intent was the same here. I pray that as I grow in the Lord, that He will keep me filled with the Holy Spirit. (DRM 4/8/04) 

    From this verse, the 10 disciples-apostles received the Holy Spirit directly from Jesus before the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4). This is a great example of how Jesus chooses us to do His work - so long as we (I) am willing and available. (DRM 4/21/07)

20:25    So the other disciples were saying to him [Thomas], "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."

    This is the source of the phrase, 'Doubting Thomas'.
    It must have seemed to Thomas that everyone else had seen the Lord Jesus but him. He just wasn't in the right place at the right time. He had to wait eight days (v. 26) later, and that could be a reminder that we (I) also have to wait for the Lord for certain things. When the Lord came, Thomas no longer doubted. He will do the same for each of us - in His time. (DRM 8/12/12)

20:26    After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you. "

    Jesus is God, He was no longer restrained to knocking at the door for admission; He could just go through the door or wall when He wanted to go somewhere. We are told we will have bodies like His. . .
    Jesus came back this time to see Thomas and answer his questions, as He wanted all His disciples to believe (except Judas) that He had risen and was still alive.
    Jesus refers to us (v. 29) later, as we have not seen Him but believe in Him. Today we can look forward to our new bodies and all the wonders of Heaven based on our trust and belief in Jesus. (DRM 4/5/15)

20:27, 28    Then He said to Thomas, "Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing." 28Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"

    Jesus knew everything Thomas had said about Him eight days earlier (v. 25), which shows that Jesus=God knows all our thoughts and what we say to others. This can be intimidating! To live for Jesus we need pure thoughts and actions. Can I (we) measure up? It's a life-long process to be more like Jesus. (DRM 3/4/12)

20:29    Then Jesus told him [Thomas], "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

    To me this "doubting Thomas" story has meaning. So often I doubt that God really cares for my individual life, but then something totally unexpected happens occasionally that causes me to realize that He really IS there and cares for me.
    We should never doubt that God has something special in store for us. (DRM 1/29/87)

    "Doubting Thomas" had to see the resurrected Jesus to believe. Many people in the world of today probably feel the same way. A "few" of us believe in Him from the Holy Spirit's work in our lives. It's hard to say we are "blessed," but easier to say that "Jesus loves me, this I know." (DRM 2/13/01)

20:30, 31    Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

    Jesus had risen from the dead and appeared before the disciples twice, proving to everyone, including Thomas, that He had truly been resurrected.
    These two verses were written to summarize why John wrote the previous narrative. He wrote something similar at the end of the book (21:35).
    John knew that people in the future would not see Jesus like he did, and wanted them to believe in Him even though they hadn't seen Him (v. 29).
    Since we are living 2,000 years later, we haven't "seen" Jesus, but He makes Himself known in various ways that increase our faith and prove that He is watching over each of us. (e.g. answered prayers) (DRM 4/12/17)

21:3    Simon Peter said to them (other disciples), "I am going fishing." They said to him, "we will also come with you." They went out, and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing.

    The disciples had not yet received their instructions of what they were to do for the Kingdom, so they did what we would probably do - went back to work at their old job. Jesus interrupted the diversion and will give them new assignments. As a follower of Christ, my primary assignment has also changed - the question is how to do it. (DRM 4/9/04)

21:5, 6    Jesus therefore said to them, "Children, you do not have any fish, do you?" They answered Him, "No." 6And He said to them, "Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you will find a catch." They cast therefore, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish. 

    Jesus wants us [as His children] to depend on Him for all of our needs. When we go out on our own, we catch nothing and waste time, but when we depend on His guidance, we receive far more than imagined. If I depend on Him for leading, He will provide! (DRM 2/14/01)

    [re: 21:6]    This is another example of the results of trusting in the Lord Jesus and His direction, instead of following our own tendencies. When He gave direction, they changed sides and received the reward of the fish. Sometimes it's hard to hear His voice/direction. (DRM 4/21/07)

21:10, 11    Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish which you have now caught." 11Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. 

    Was this another miracle? Let's imagine that each fish weighed 2#. That's a 300# load on the net. Were the ropes strong enough to pull that much weight? While I am not a fisherman, the way the Bible is written, it sounds abnormal. Jesus wanted them to know it was Him. (DRM 2/15/01)

21:12    Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples ventured to question Him, "Who are You?" knowing that it was the Lord.

    This is more evidence that Jesus' appearance changed after His resurrection. I don't understand why the disciples didn't recognize Him, as this was the third time (v. 14) they saw Him in this state.
    While they didn't recognize Him, they knew it was Him by His behavior and actions in the catching of the fish. Sometimes I know the Lord is with me by the unusual things that happen in my life. (DRM 4/9/10)

21:15    So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My lambs."

    On the night of Jesus' arrest, Peter had denied Him three times. In this three verse passage after Jesus' resurrection, Jesus asks Peter three times if he (Peter) loves Him.
    In these three verses Jesus says "Tend My lambs (v. 15)," "Shepherd My sheep (v. 16)," and "Tend My sheep (v. 17)." A lamb is a young sheep, so clearly that should come first. Apparently there is also a difference between "tending" and "shepherding" and I would have to look that up.
    Jesus wanted Peter's total devotion, as we also need to give Jesus. (DRM 7/20/12)

tend - to lead or conduce, as to some result or resulting condition: measures tending to improved working conditions; Governments are tending toward democracy.
shepherding - a person who herds, tends, and guards sheep.

21:16    He [Jesus] said to him [Peter] again a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Shepherd My sheep."

    Perhaps this is a new theory on the three requests of Jesus in verses 21:15-17. The lambs (v. 15) refer to young sheep. The "Shepherd My sheep" in this verse could refer to middle age sheep that move around more and the "Tend My sheep" (v. 17) could refer to less active sheep that are older sheep. We all need instruction no matter what our age.
    This is followed in verse 18 - referring to age, so this theory could be another reason why Jesus said what He did to Peter after the resurrection. (DRM 1/6/13)

21:17    He [Jesus] said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Tend My sheep."

    On the night that Jesus was arrested, Peter denied that he knew Jesus three times, as Jesus prophesized. Here, after His resurrection, Jesus asked Peter three times if He loved Me. I think that Jesus' questions were intentionally the same number as the denials from the night of His arrest. Jesus also wanted confirmation of Peter's true devotion. (DRM 2/9/12)

    Peter's statement in verse 17, "Lord, You know all things," is the crux of his conversation with Jesus. Our Lord confronts Peter's past (his betrayal of Christ), commands his present (his role in the church), and predicts his future (his death for God's glory). (Insight from Our Daily Bread 2/9/12)

21:18    "Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself, and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go."

    This is a difficult verse in human terms. No one wants to go "where you do not wish to go." It seems to indicate that we had freedom to do anything in our youth, but now that we are older, we must trust in Him to lead us. Thank God, we can trust this Leader to watch over us every day! (DRM 2/16/01)    

21:19    Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him "Follow me!"

    The first part of this verse refers to verse 18 about growing old and depending on others as you get older. I was most impressed tonight about the phrase: "Follow me!" It seems quite hard at times to follow Jesus when the devil tries to pull you back. We must not succumb to temptations and indeed follow Jesus every day, and try to do a better job of that every day. . . (DRM 2/10/87)

21:20    Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; the one who also had leaned back on His bosom at the supper and said, "Lord, who is the one who betrays You?"

    This verse leads to the following verses. Peter was just describing John by what he did in the past. It seems to me that he could have said, "What about John?", but, apparently that's the way they talked at the time.
    We don't have to think about a person's past - good or bad - so long as they are a believer and trust in the Lord today. If He has forgiven their past sins, then we should also.
    God=Jesus has a plan for each of our lives and we are not to guess what His plan is for our neighbor (v. 22). (DRM 6/13/15)

21:21, 22    Peter therefore seeing him (John) said to Jesus, "Lord, and what about this man?" 22Jesus said to him, "If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!"

    Every believer in Christ has a different gift. While not easy, God wants us to develop our gifts in service to Him. I think that we should work together as a unified body and also do our own gift as perfectly as possible. Jesus wants us to love others, but also to develop our own gifts - until He calls us home . . . when He is ready. (DRM 4/10/04)

    God=Jesus put each of us on the earth to do a mission. While we are to be concerned about others in our physical and spiritual families, Jesus wants us to do our individual mission for Him. Our (my) goal is to do this mission with the gifts He has given me during the time that He has allotted for my life. (DRM 4/22/07)

21:22    Jesus said to him [Peter], "If I want him [John] to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!"

    We aren't our brother's keeper. When I look at some other peoples' lives, I wonder why they are so good or so bad. My job isn't to change their lives, but I feel that Jesus wants me to tell them of His option. We are to follow Jesus and not worry about what others are doing — and also to offer others, but not demand obedience, as that's the Holy Spirit's job. (DRM 2/17/01)

21:25    And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.

    I've been told, "You should write a book," It's true that I could probably write a few hundred pages about the events in my life — but what about Jesus? The book of John is only 37 pages in my Bible. There must have been many other things that Jesus did that were never written down.
    I just remembered that Jesus is still alive - and His story still continues. Thus this verse is SO true - He has events to tell for the past 2,000+ years! (DRM 4/10/10)