Study Guide

Gospel of John Power

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There were more power struggles in biblical times than on an episode of Survivor. The Roman empire had power over Judea. The religious authorities had power over the Jewish people. And for all intents and purposes, Jesus was at the bottom of the totem pole. But according to the Gospel of John, Jesus—a poor, crucified criminal—shows us what true power is.

Questions About Power

  1. How do people in positions of authority both use and misuse their power in the Gospel of John?
  2. Who really has the power in the Gospel of John? Who thinks they have the power?
  3. Are we supposed to learn something from Jesus's struggles with power? If so, what?

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