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"The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: The fact that John's Gospel does not conform to the other three in many respects has led some scholars to reject its historical accuracy; such students have considered it almost purely doctrinal and devotional in nature. The opinion of others is that Christ's ministry may have lasted three years or more; that He may well have preached in Jerusalem on numerous occasions, especially at feast times when large crowds were gathered there; that in the first three Gospels much has necessarily been omitted; and that John's Gospel supplements them by supplying the missing material. They point out that if the events described by John are added to those of the other Gospels, the picture of Jesus as a real threat to the religious and political establishment of His time becomes far more significant. It is true that John, more than the other writers of Gospel, comments on the discourses of Jesus; clearly he was interpreting them for members of the early Church. In Chapter 3 John recounts the story of Nicodemus, a Jewish ruler and representative of the Pharisees, who approaches Jesus in a patronizing manner and questions Him. Jesus has been very much a thorn in the side of the Pharisees; He confounds their arguments, and whenever they try to accuse Him of breaking a law He turns their own accusations upon them. Not only does He have an answer for everything; He frequently leaves them with nothing whatever to say. They hate Him, but at the same time they fear Him. He is clearly a serious...

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