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 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 12 Pam Larson

John 12 Pam Larson

February 14, 2019

To tie John 11 to John 12, I read from Lauren Chandler’s new children’s book, Goodbye to Goodbyes, which is based on John 11-12.  Some of you may not be familiar with her husband Matt’s diagnosis of brain cancer, so I’ve included a few links that you may find helpful. The sweet book concludes, “Jesus knows it is sad to say goodbye. So Jesus came to end goodbyes. And one day, Jesus and all his friends will say goodbye to goodbyes - forever!” Lauren writes a note for parents, “We are very acquainted with illness and the possibility of saying goodbye for what may feel like forever. [John Piper’s prayer for Matt Chandler at T4G2010] We have asked Jesus “why” in the midst of our pain. We have questioned his methods but have been comforted by his heart. He weeps with those who weep. He rejoices with those who rejoice. He is the God who is with us in our sorrow and our joy. Although our family’s story [watch more] hasn’t ended in a goodbye, it will one day. But it won’t be forever. For those who have believed Jesus to be their only hope, physical death will mean immediate presence with him (Phil 1:21-23) For those who are left behind, there is still hope -- hope in the life to come, and hope that Jesus will be with us “always, to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:20)

For thousands of years, the people of Israel had been looking for a Messiah King. They were expecting a great military leader, one who would defeat all of their enemies and restore their land to its former greatness and glory.

  • But what they had not expected was that their Messiah, their King would come as a lowly son of a carpenter …. that He would have no weapons, no army and no political power.
  • They could never imagine that He would be crucified, lifted up, on the cruel cross that  the Romans designed for maximum torture.
  • However, over and over they were shown who Jesus was. Evidence upon evidence. Miracle upon miracle. Sign upon sign.

Yet, they refused to believe that He was in fact their Messiah. Over and over he showed who He was. And over and over, they rejected Him. John put it this way in 1:11, “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.”

My aim in teaching John 12 (audio here) was to convince you that Jesus is the King of the world, the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of Man, the Lamb of God, rejected by His own and whose hour has come to lay down His life for those who believe.

Here is the outline for John 12

  1. Anointing King Jesus (1-11)
  2. Expecting King Jesus (12-19)
  3. Seeking King Jesus (the Greeks) (20-22)
  4. Timing of King Jesus’ Glorification (23-27)
  5. Lifting Up King Jesus  (27-36)
  6. Rejecting King Jesus (37-50)

On his way to die, as King Jesus heads to the cross, he invites us to come to him and receive some glorious promises his death has bought for us. He says, “whoever sees me sees him who sent me.” (12:45) and “whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” (12:46)

He begs us to believe in the light, to become sons of the light. He invites us to come out of the darkness of sin and death and come to the light.  As the Light of the world, Jesus alone has the power to break the chains of sin! Jesus specializes in taking ruined, broken lives and renewing them by His power.

King Jesus offers us a home, an inheritance, a seat at God’s royal table, and entrance into His kingdom of love and grace. Eternal life with King Jesus!

Jesus is the King of the world, the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of Man, the Lamb of God, rejected by His own and whose hour has come to lay down His life for those who believe.

Our right response is belief and worship.

John 1:19-51 Pam Larson

John 1:19-51 Pam Larson

September 26, 2018

Welcome to the Bethlehem North Women’s Bible study podcast for September 25 & 26, 2018! Both of our live recordings for this podcast had technical malfunctions, so Pam recorded this after class.

Hello to our listeners from around the US and over 15 other countries. We are so glad that you are joining us in our study of the Gospel of John this year.

Seeing and Sharing Jesus, the Lamb of God (John 1:19-51, 9/25&26, 2018)

  • 19-34 JOHN sharing about Jesus

    • SEE, the Lamb of God!
  • 35-51 JESUS disciples SEE and share and follow Jesus

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Week 5 Ruth Chapter 4 by Abigail Dodds

Week 5 Ruth Chapter 4 by Abigail Dodds

July 26, 2018

Here is the outline for Ruth 4:

1)   Boaz Sets the Stage

2)   Boaz Strikes a Bargain

3)   The People Prophesy

4)   The LORD Gives A Redeemer 

We had three application points:

1-   God does it all. 

He chooses. He plucks people out of Moab. He makes a people out of those of us who are not his people. That’s all of us in here. We are all Moabites, in one sense. We are far off from God, without hope. But God brings us near through the most peculiar circumstances. He redeems us, he gives us a new name, calling us daughter. He chooses to redeem a people and it looks, from a human standpoint, like he is getting a really bad deal with us. Just like it looked like Boaz should have reconsidered his options. But God he goes ahead makes us his bride, against all human wisdom. He makes the unlovable, lovely, by his beautifying love. God does it all. 

2-   God’s people act like God’s people. 

This may seem to contradict the first one. If God does it all, who cares how we act? Let’s not focus on Ruth or Boaz, let’s just focus on God. But part of focusing on Ruth and Boaz’s worthiness and honorableness is that it actually glorifies God. We get to see what it looks like when God is working in the life of his people and what obedience is like. 

They show us what it looks like to be Israelites on the inside. It doesn’t look like staying a Moabite. It doesn’t look like sin. It looks like honoring others and humble submission, and costly leadership. And so, if it’s true that God does it all and that God’s people act like God’s people, that means that God is at work in us causing us to work really hard. And we should praise God for that. We should praise God for God and we should praise God for Ruth and Boaz and Naomi. 

3-   God’s purposes for your story go way beyond your story. 

It was true of Ruth and Boaz and Naomi and it’s true of us. We are not in the upline of Jesus, but we know this: we are his downline. We are his descendants and heirs. We are born of him, the very children of God. We cannot know his purposes for our lives, but we must not live like they end when we die. We must be working for goals 1000, 10000 years from now. DO you have that in your flowchart of goals? 

What aroma do you want to pass down to your spiritual children? That aroma may far outlast the remembrance of your name. What godly, Christ-like, inheritance are you bequeathing to the people around you? Your children, your nieces and nephews, the kids in Sunday school, your neighbors, your co-workers, your friends? Remember God is faithful to a thousand generation of those who fear him. Who will come after you in the line of Jesus?