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We begin today the study of the gospel of John, and I'm so delighted to do this. This was really the first book that I taught. I did some series when I first came in 1969, preliminary to this, and we did a few book studies which were redone as the years went by. But this was the first book of certainly any length that I taught originally way back in 1970, and what a joy it was at that time and the Lord has used even the messages from that series through the years to be a blessing to other people. But I'm really thrilled to be back at the gospel of John.

I love the author, John himself, who never refers to himself in his gospel. In fact, none of the four gospels identify inside the gospel the author. Church history tells us who the author is. It's universal history going way back to the apostolic era, so we know it's Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. And while John is mentioned twenty times in the other gospels, he's never mentioned in this gospel at all by name. However, he chooses to refer to himself in another way. He calls himself "the disciple whom Jesus loved." And if you had the choice between calling yourself "John" and calling yourself "the disciple whom Jesus loved," that's not a tough call. He was always in wonder and awe over the fact that he was so loved by Christ. He is the one we find leaning on Him, as it were, at the end of life....

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