Sunday School, April 26, 2015
Having introduced this text and its background in Part 1, this part focuses on three ideas which John uses to close his Gospel: (1) the conversation Jesus has with Peter after Peter has denied the Lord three times; (2) the resolution of the competition in the Gospel between Peter and John; and (3) the exaltation of Jesus. Jesus' challenge to Peter is reminiscent of his call for his disciples to "take up the cross" and follow him (cf. Matt 16:24). Looking back over the entire Gospel, John begins with the exaltation of the eternal divine Word, and ends by putting it in our minds that the Person and truth and actions of the Son of God can go on for eternity. The Gospel of John, with all of its profound observations about Jesus of Nazareth, is but a tiny snapshot of all that we could know about him.