NT Sunday School Lesson 12 (JF): John 5-6; Mark 6:30-44; Matthew 14:22-33

As is almost always the case, there is far more here than we can cover in one lesson. These materials will focus on John 5, but I will also include some questions on John 6.

John 5

Some have suggested that the gospel of John is partially constructed around seven wondrous works or miracles. (I believe I got this from Art Bassett, but I’m not sure.) With each, Jesus gives a sermon that illustrates the significance of what he has done. The seven are:

1. Turning water into wine at the wedding feast and the discourse on being born again (John 2:1-12; 3:1-21) 2. Raising the nobleman’s son to life and a discourse on Jesus as the living water (John 4:43-51; 4:1-42) 3. Healing the man by the pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath and explaining that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath (John 5:1-14; 5:19-47) 4. Feeding the five thousand and teaching that Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:1-15; 6:22-66) 5. Walking on the sea of Galilee, Jesus comes to Capernaum mysteriously and the discourse on the inability of the Pharisees to understand him (John 6:16-21; 7:14-39) 6. Healing the man born blind and the teaching that Christ is the light of the world (John 9; 8:12-59) 7. Raising Lazarus from the dead and the teaching of the resurrection (John 11; 10:1-18).

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