APPENDIX 4: HUMAN RESPONSES TO JESUS IN JOHN’S GOSPEL

© Rosemary Bardsley 2009

Ref.

Response

Negative responses

1:5

Not understood [not overcome]

1:10

Did not recognize him

1:11

Did not receive him

3:10

Don’t understand

3:11

Don’t accept Jesus’ testimony

3:12 ;6:64

Don’t believe

3:18

Not believe in the name of God’s one and only Son

3:19

Loved darkness rather than light

3:36

Rejects the Son

5:16

Persecuted Jesus

5:38

Do not believe the one God sent

5:40

Refuse to come to Jesus to have life

5:43

Refuse to accept Jesus

5:47

Do not believe what Moses wrote about Jesus, so cannot believe what Jesus says

7:7

Hates Jesus

12:48

Rejects him and does not accept his words

8:49

Dishonour Christ

Positive responses

1:12

Received him

1:12

Believed in his name

1:37,43

Followed him [physically]

1:50; 4:42,53; 6:47

Believe

2:11; 11:45 ; 12:11

Put their faith in him

3:15,16, 18; 4:39; 11:25

Believe ‘in him’

3:36

Believes in the Son

4:42

Know who Jesus is

5:24

Hears my word

5:25

Hear the voice of the Son of God

6:29

Believe in the one he has sent

6:37,44

Comes to me

6:40

Looks to the Son

6:45

Everyone who listens to the father and learns from him comes to me.

6:51-58

Eat this bread … eat my flesh … drink my blood … feeds on this bread

6:69

Believe and know

7:37

Come to me and drink

8:12

Follows me [genuine]

8:24

Believe that I am the one I claim to be

8:51

Keeps his word

8:56

Rejoiced to see Christ’s day

10:4,27

Follow him, hear his voice

10:9

Enter through Christ

10:16,27

Listen to Christ’s voice

10:38

Know and understand that the Father is in me and I in the Father

12:44,45

Believes in me … looks at me … believes in me

12:47

Hears my words but does not keep them

14:1

Trust in Christ

16:27

Loved Christ and believed that he came from God

16:30

Believe that you came from God

17:6

Obeyed your word

17:7

Know that everything you have given me comes from you

17:8

Accepted [your words]. Knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.

20:29

Not seen and yet have believed

20:31

Believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God

Potentially false responses

2:23

Believe in his name [false belief generated by the miraculous]

6:2

Followed him because of the miraculous signs

8:30

Put their faith in him [But see 8:31ff]