Bethlehem North Women’s Bible Study
John 19 Jacque Boldt

John 19 Jacque Boldt

March 27, 2019

So we know, heading into Chapter 18 from last week, and Chapter 19 this week, that Jesus’ suffering and death are motivated by two things: the glory of the Father and the Son being made known, and the Father’s love for the Son being given to his own, who will be united to him by faith.

Last week, Amy led us through Chapter 18, which ended with Jesus in Pilate’s custody.  We saw Jesus betrayed by Judas, the contrast of Peter’s fear which resulted in his denial of Jesus, Jesus’ trial before Caiaphas, the high priest, and finally, Jesus’ trial before Pilate, who, seemingly out of the blue, asks Jesus if he is the King of the Jews.  

But of course, if we remember what the Jewish people had called Jesus just a few days earlier, it’s not so out of the blue.  When Jesus entered Jerusalem in Chapter 12, what did the people say? “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!’”  

As a Roman governor, it makes sense that Pilate would be concerned about someone claiming to be a King.  But, Jesus tells Pilate that his kingdom is not of this world, and that he came to bear witness to the truth.  Pilate was satisfied that he was not guilty of a crime deserving death, not a threat to Rome, but to placate the Jewish leaders, he offers them a customary Passover release.  He offers these religious leaders a religious king, but they reject this king for a criminal instead.

So, at the end of Ch. 18, we are mid-trial, at Pilate’s headquarters, the praetorium.  Jesus’ hour of glorification has arrived. We are looking for glory and love.

So, let’s look at our outline for this week’s chapter, chapter 19:

The Glory of the King of Israel

  • 19:1-16a: Pilate and the Jewish leaders debate the fate of the King
  • 19:16b-37: The King becomes the Lamb, according to the Scriptures
  • 19:38-42: The burial of the King
John 18  Amy Katterson

John 18 Amy Katterson

March 20, 2019

Chapters 1-12 unfolded the public ministry of Jesus, as He revealed Himself in words and works from the Father, over 3 years’ time.  Then, in chapters 13-17, the lens focused in on one single evening, as Jesus comforts and prepares the hearts of His disciples for the great climax of His ministry and life. He serves them, teaches them, and prays for them. And now, as we turn to John 18, the action rolls forward as Jesus moves to the moment of glory and agony that He has prepared them for. As we walk through the sections of this chapter, I’m going to periodically insert a brief reading from the Old Testament, primarily from the psalms of lament. As Jesus, the Lamb of God, goes to His death, He is loving His own to the end. I hope that you will hear in the emotion and ache of these laments the deep, unstoppable love of God as Jesus is poured out so that He might take you in.

  1. Betrayed: Jesus meets His betrayer in the garden (1-3)
  2. Unprotected: Jesus delivers His followers and refuses deliverance (4-11)
  3. Tried: Trials 1 and 2: Jesus before the Jews (12-14, 19-24)
  4. Denied: Peter denies Jesus three times (15-18, 25-27)
  5. Tried: Trial 3: Jesus before the Romans (28-38a)
  6. Exchanged: Pilate offers release; the people choose Barabbas (38b-40)
John 17 Jacque Boldt

John 17 Jacque Boldt

March 14, 2019

Jesus has finished his Farewell Discourse, which took place from the last 8 verses of chapter 13 to the end of chapter 16.  Some commentators think that Jesus and his disciples left the Upper Room at the end of chapter 14, and that Jesus led his disciples through Jerusalem, while teaching them chapters 15 and 16, to the path along the city wall that leads to the brook Kidron, where they will cross to the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives in 18:1.

It’s along this path that Jesus will pray, and our outline will follow the petitions that he makes of the Father.

  • 17:1-5: Jesus Prays for Himself: Father, Glorify Me
  • 17:6-19: Jesus Prays for His Disciples: Father, Keep and Sanctify Them
  • 17:20-26: Jesus Prays for Those Who Will Believe: Father, Make Them One and Let Them See My Glory

Jesus has just told his disciples, “Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone.  Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:32-33).  Now let’s pick up with them on the path to the garden where Jesus prays aloud.

John 15 & 16 Pam Larson

John 15 & 16 Pam Larson

March 7, 2019

Abiding is being connected to Jesus through faith. Are you abiding in Jesus?

1- Our relationship to Christ, a METAPHOR (15:1-11)

We saw that true faith abides in Jesus and produces fruit.

2- Our relationship with believers, a COMMAND (15:12-17)

We learned that faith produces fruit of love and obedience, too.

3- Our relationship with the world, a WARNING (15:18-16:4)

We discovered that faith in Jesus brings on hatred from the world and also handles the world’s

hatred … how? We are encouraged that it is only through the power of the Spirit, our HELPER.

4- Our relationship with the Spirit, a HELP(ER) (15:26-16:15)

  • Faith’s power comes from the Spirit.
  • Helping us SEE (16:16-19) and turning Sorrow to JOY! (16:20-24)

5- Jesus is our Overcomer and source of PEACE (16:25-33) when we have faith in our Overcomer...we find peace in Him

Do we imagine that we are abiding in Jesus because we are better or smarter? We have no grounds for pride or boasting. Jesus chose us and set us apart -- appointed us. To do what? Jesus commands us to love one another as He has loved us. That is sacrificial, laying-down-your-life kind of love. How can we possibly do that? Only by ASKING for His help! When the Father gives us this fruit, our love will be an evidence of our abiding and an example to the world….and the world will hate us-- guaranteed by Jesus who the world hated first.