Jesus’ mastery of events is in full view in these verses. His enemies attempt to put him to the test, but find themselves the tested ones. A cynical attempt to use Scripture to score points is made to look foolish. A crowd of men and women end up examining their own hearts. The law of Moses is honored and grace triumphs. A broken and humiliated woman is forgiven and offered a future.
John's gospel differs from the other three. He records fewer incidents, includes no parables, and has only brief reference to Jesus' ministry in Galilee. However, the stories John does tell of Jesus' encounters with those in need, those he loves, and even those who are his enemies are usually richer in detail and often reflect on what an event means in addition to matters of fact. John's record of his memories of Jesus has been called, "the intimate gospel." This sermon series will consider portraits of Jesus, painted by 'one whom Jesus loved,' that are found in the first nine chapters of the Gospel of John.