Week 3 | John 5-6
Week 3 Day 1: John 5:1-15
Week 3 Day 2: John 5:16-30
Week 3 Day 3: John 5:31-47
Week 3 Day 4: John 6:1-24
Week 3 Day 5: John 6:25-70
DAY 1: John 5:1-15
Stories: Healing of the lame man
1) Why does John give us such detail about the gate and the area surrounding the pool?
2) Why would Jesus ask the man if he wants to get well?
3) Why did Jesus tell the man to pick up his mat? Why not leave it there? This is the thing that offended the Pharisees about the healing.
Paradoxes: Why would Jesus ask the man He healed to pick up his mat when it was forbidden by Jewish law? Wouldn’t that be disrespectful to the governing authorities? (Even though the law was not biblical, but a derivative)
DAY 2: John 5:16-30
Stories: The Work of the Father
1) Why did they want to kill Jesus for claiming to be equal with God?
2) Why doesn’t Jesus do what He wants? Why does He only do what He sees the Father doing? Isn’t He God too?
3) Jesus quotes Daniel 12:2 about some being resurrected to eternal life and some to shame
Paradoxes: “the Father judges no one, but entrusts all judgment to the Son.” Why does Jesus say He is the one who judges? Later He will say that He doesn’t judge, but the Father does, and then again later He will say that He is the one who judges? Why is Jesus so paradoxical about judgment in John?
Jesus says that whoever hears His word and believes in the One who sent Him will have eternal life. This is a wonderful statement – our salvation and eternity is not based on our performance, but on our faith in Jesus alone!
DAY 3: John 5:31-47
Stories: Jesus’ Testimony
1) Why are Jesus and the Jewish leaders so concerned about Jesus’ testimony (teaching)?
2) Why doesn’t Jesus accept glory from human beings? Isn’t that what we have been taught God desires?
3) How does Moses condemn the Jewish Leaders?
Paradoxes: Jesus says that if He testifies about Himself, it is not true, yet elsewhere He says that even if He did testify about Himself it would still be true (John 8:14). Why say it both ways?
DAY 4: John 6:1-24
Stories: Feeding the 5,000 & Walking on Water
1) Why did Jesus test Phillip?
2) Why would Andrew suggest using the boy’s loaves and fish to feed so many people?
3) Why did the people who witnessed this miracle think Jesus was “the Prophet”? Why not the messiah?
4) Why did Jesus walk on the water? What was the point of this?
5) Why did the boat immediately reach the shore when Jesus got in? Why doesn’t John give us any additional information about such amazing miracles?
Paradoxes: Why would the “King of Kings” withdraw and hide from the people so they couldn’t make Him king by force? This same John writes in Revelation that Jesus will sit on His throne in Jerusalem and rule the earth. What was wrong with this idea?
DAY 5: John 6:25-70
Stories: The Bread of Life
1) Why do they ask Jesus for a sign and why did they mention the Israelites manna?
2) Why does Jesus then liken Himself to the manna and call Himself the “bread of life?”
3) What made the people willing to call Jesus “the Prophet” but when He called Himself the “bread of life” they discounted Him because they knew Him growing up?
4) Why is Jesus intentionally strange about insisting that people “eat His flesh?” What a strange thing to say!
Paradoxes: Jesus specifically chose His twelve disciples, including Judas. Why does Jesus stop here to say that He knew one of them was “a devil?” Why did Jesus give Judas charge over the money? Why on earth would God choose the very man who would betray Him and lead Him to death?