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August 22, 2020

The lesson on August 23, 2020 was part 10 of “John’s Gospel” study.  This week, Wayne proceed to answer these questions from the text “Life Through His Name” by Charles Welch: 1. Who are the “witnesses” (noun) in John’s gospel and why is this important? (Review).  2. What is the purpose and method of the seventh sign? 3. What Jewish tradition informs us of 3 days and 4 days? 4. What significance does the Lord’s groaning have concerning life and death? 5. What is the significance of 11:51 – “being high priest that year”? (see also 11:49 “ same year”).  The scripture reading was from John 11:47-54 KJV

“47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. 49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. 53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. 54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.”

From the Study: John’s Gospel