John’s Portrait Of Jesus

John’s Portrait Of Jesus

This Sunday we kick off the Christmas season by launching our exciting Advent series, Portraits of Jesus. Listen as Paul Kiss focuses in on John 1:14 & 2:19 as we view at the portrait of Jesus in the Gospel of John. We discover through John’s portrait that Jesus is replacing the temple and God is always present with us in Jesus.


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John’s Portrait Of Jesus

Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: December 1, 2019

John’s Portrait: Jesus is replacing the temple. God is always present with us in Jesus. Text: John 1:14; 2:19

1 What is “gospel?”

Text: Romans 1:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“Euangelion”“Eu” = GOOD + “Angelos” = MESSENGER

2 Jesus is Lord! The Kingdom is here! Things are different now!

Text: Mark 1:15; Matthew 3:2; Luke 4:43
● “Good news” is an announcement of an event (not advice on how to behave)

3 Four Gospels but One Lord:

● Not one gospel from four authors, but four portraits about one Jesus.
● This announcement is part of a longer, larger story from the Hebrew Bible.

4 John’s Good News Story:

Jesus is the new Temple John 2:13-22 | Moses is his witness John 5:46
● The Temple figures prominently in John’s gospel. He also likes symbolism.

The Word who became human: John 1:14 | Creation story of Genesis 1

The lamb that was slain: John 1:29 | Passover feast: Exodus 12:46

The One who was lifted up: John 3:14 | Bronze snake: Numbers 21:9

The living water: John 4:10 | Water from the Rock: Exodus 17:6

Place of worship is changed: John 4:21 | From Temple to Jesus

The light of the world: John 8:12 | Pillar of fire: Exodus 13:21-22

The bread of life: John 6:35 | Manna in the desert: Exodus 16

The good shepherd: John 10:11 | Numbers 27:17; Ezekiel 34:11-12, 22-24

The Way to God: John 14:6 | Wilderness wandering: Deuteronomy 8:1-10


But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name. John 20:31


5 So what do we do with this good news?

● We respond to it. Acts 2:38
● We enjoy it. Acts 42-47
● We participate in it. John 17:23
● We share it. John 20:21; Acts 13:32

Warming Up:

1. Think of a time when someone brought you some good news about something. What did they tell you? How did you respond?
2. When you think of the term “gospel” or “good news” how would you normally describe it?
3. How is your idea similar to, or different from, what Paul described in his sermon about what is the good news of Jesus?

Discussing and Learning:

4. Paul suggests that we need to look at each gospel writer separately and learn about Jesus from each one, instead of mashing them all together for one portrait of Jesus. What are the advantages of reading the gospels this way?
5. Read John 2:13-22. What happens in this passage? What does Jesus say? How is it interpreted by his disciples? When does it make sense to them? How does it help us understand and believe the Hebrew Bible better, vs. 22? What is the grand message Jesus is communicating to the people?
6. Read John 7:1-3, 10, 14, 37-39. What did Jesus teach? This was in timing with the festival (Sukkot) climax where the Priests of the Temple pour water in a ceremony to declare dependence on God and invite him to save. In this context, what was significant about what Jesus was saying in the Temple?

Making it Real:

7. How has your idea of “gospel” changed or been expanded? What do you need to do to keep learning?
8. What are some ways you might be able to share this “good news” about Jesus with those you love?
9. How might you invite them into a community like New Life, to participate in this good news with us? How could you use Sundays or Christmas Eve to help you share this good news?

1. Read through John’s gospel this week, a little each day. Take note of what stands out to you. Write down questions that arise. Try to research the answers.
2. Watch this video from The Bible Project about “euangelion” watch here

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