Is this or is this not part of Scripture?
- Present mostly in Medevil manuscript and not in early manuscripts?
- It is placed in different positions in these manuscripts: after John 7:35, or after 7:44, or aftger 7:52, or after 21:25, or after Luke 21:38
- The language is more characteristic of Luke.
- The fact that he went to Mount of Olives is similar to the passion week recored in the Luke.
- The Phrase Scripe and Pharisees is foreign to the book of John excet here.
- This passage is known as an authentic Story
- Reading effect on the passage is beneficial
- This passage answers question that one would ask of 8:12-13: (i.e. Like When did this take place? Who is jesus speaking to?)
- This passage also answers a question of how to judge with right judgment (7:24).
- The inclusion of this passage is consistent with John's literary design so far: Each discourse of Christ is preceeded by a ministry event.
Intro Wrap up: If one is to preach this passage one must make sure your theme is not just propritary to this passage but is supported in other places in Scripture.
Fallen Condition Focus: Guilt must be overcome
Theme: Forgiveness overcomes guilt
6 Scenes in this naritave
- Atmosphere (1-2)
- Accusation (3-6a) (see also Deut. 22:22-23, Lev. 20:10)
- Action (6b) (See also Jer. 17:13)
- Answer (7-8)
- Affect (9)
- Acceptance (10-11)
What are the attitudes of Christ in dealing with our guilt?
- Understanding - We should not treat men or women as things to be used. (See John 5:1ff)
- Compassion - We should show mercy to those being used. (see John 6:1ff)
- Forgivness - Doesn't nulify Capitol punishment here. (See John 4)
- Challange - This is not cheap grace. (see John 8:11)