John, Jacob, Jesus and the Whole Gospel


Speaker: Aaron Couch

November 20, 2022

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Deuteronomy 19:15 English Standard Version (ESV)

“A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in
connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two
witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established.

John 1:43-51 | ESV

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael
and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets
wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything
good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael
coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no
deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before
Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because
I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things
than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and
the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”


Psalm 32:1-2 | ESV

A Maskil of David.
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.


Genesis 28:10-17 | ESV

Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. And he came to a certain place and stayed
there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it
under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold, there
was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the
angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the Lord stood above it
and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on
which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust
of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and
to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this
land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Then Jacob
awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” And
he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of
God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

Genesis 29:20 | ESV

So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because
of the love he had for her.

John 2:1-8 | ESV

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was
there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the
mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what
does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants,
“Do whatever he tells you.”
Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding
twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they
filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the
master of the feast.” So they took it.

John 2:13-17 | ESV

The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple
he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers
sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the
sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned
their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not
make my Father’s house a house of trade.” His disciples remembered that it was written,
“Zeal for your house will consume me.”

John 3:1-5 | ESV

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man
came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from
God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered
him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of
God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a
second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to
you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

John 3:25-30 | ESV

Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification.
And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to
whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” John answered, “A
person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. You yourselves
bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ The
one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and
hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore, this joy of mine is now
complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.”

John 4:1-10 | ESV

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and
baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only
his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through
Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given
to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was
sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”(For his
disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him,
“How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no
dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is
that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given
you living water.”

John 5:1-9 | ESV

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has
five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One
man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying
there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to
be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when
the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to
him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up
his bed and walked.


  1. All of us have the potential to act in ways that are unbecoming of the bride of Christ.
  2. John is in Asia Minor because he is compelled to love the same types of people that Jesus modeled loving.
  3. Jesus never asked us to get things figured out. He jus t asks us to follow Him.
  4. To the misfits, miscreants, discouraged, despondent, distracted, and disengaged – God loves you. To the broken, beaten, uncertain, unfamiliar, made fun of, brushed aside, and unstewarded – Together as a community of faith, we are exactly the kind of bride Jesus is looking for.


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