Explanatory Statements in Johnís Gospel

            John quite often adds a statement in his Gospel which helps us to understand a previous statement by Christ Himself or otherwise elucidates the text.  Listed below are a number of these explanatory statements. There is no pretension to have made an exhaustive list or to have only included ones that are self evident. However, for readers of Scripture one hopes that the list will be interesting and helpful.

            One has not looked for such explanatory statements in the other Gospels and the fact that none are listed here should not be taken to mean that there are none.

            The explanatory statements are often in brackets in the J.N.D Bible, but not all.

Chapters & Verses

            1:38 Rabbi (which, being interpreted, signifies Teacher)

            1:41Messias (which being interpreted is Christ)

            1:42Cephas (which interpreted is stone)

             2:9 Thefeast-master... tasted the water which had been made wine (and knew not whence it was, but the servants knew who drew the water)

             2:21 But he spoke of the temple of his body.

             3:13 And no one has gone up into heaven, save he who came down out of heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven.

             4:2   Jesus makes and baptises more disciples than John (however, Jesus himself did not baptise, but his disciples)

             4:7/8 Jesus says...  Give me to drink (for his disciples had gone away into the city that they might buy provisions) 

             5:3/4 A multitude... [awaiting the moving of the water. For an angel descended at a certain season in the pool and troubled the water. Whoever                       therefore first went in after the troubling of the water became well, whatever disease he laboured under.]   

             6:1 ...the sea of Galilee, [or] of Tiberias. 

             6:6 ...But this he said trying him, for he knew what he was going to do.

             6:10 Now there was much grass in the place.

             6:15 Jesus therefore knowing that they were going to come and seize him, that they might make [him] king, departed again to the mountain                                  himself alone.

             6:23 (but other little ships out of Tiberias came near to the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks;)

             6:71 Now he spoke of Judas [the son] of Simon, Iscariote, for he [it was who] should deliver him up, being one of the twelve.

            7:1 ... for he would not walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him.

            7:5 ... for neither did his brethren believe on him.

            7:22 Circumcision (not that is of Moses, but of the fathers)

            7:30They sought therefore to take him; and no one laid his hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come.

            7:39 But this he said concerning the Spirit, which they that believed on him were about to receive; for [the] Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had                         not yet been glorified.

            7:50 Nicodemus... (being one of themselves)

            8:20These words spoke he in the treasury, teaching in the temple; and no one took him, for his hour was not yet come.

            8:27They knew not that he spoke to them of the Father.

            9:7...Siloam, which is interpreted, Sent.

            9:22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if any one confessed him [to be the] Christ,                         he should be excommunicated from the synagogue. On this account his parents said, He is of age: ask him.

             10:22/23 Now the feast of the dedication was celebrating at Jerusalem, and it was winter.

            10:35 (and the scripture cannot be broken)

            11:2 It was [the] Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.

            11:13 But Jesus spoke of his death, but theythought that he spoke of the rest of sleep.

            11:51/52 But  this he did not say of himself; but, being high priest that year, prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation; and not for the              nation only, but that he should also gather together into one the children of God who were scattered abroad.

            12:6 But he said this, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief and had the bag, and carried what was put into [it].

            12:16 [Now] his disciples knew not these things at the first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of                       him, and that they had done these things to him.

            12:18 Therefore also the crowd met him because they had heard that he had done this sign.

            12:33 But this he said signifying by what death he was about to die.

            13:1/2 Now before the feast of the passover, Jesus, knowing that his hour had come that he should depart out of this world to the Father, having                       loved his own who were in the world, loved them to the end.

            13:3 [Jesus,] knowing that the Father had given him all things into his hands, and that he came out from God and was going to God...

            13:11For he knew him that delivered him up; on account of this he said, Ye are not all clean.

            13:28/29 But none of those at table knew why he said this to him; for some supposed, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus was saying to him,                  Buy the things of which we have need for the feast; or that he should give something to the poor.

            18:8/9 Jesus answered, I told you that I am [he]: if therefore ye seek me, let these go away; that the word might be fulfilled which he spoke, [As                       to] those whom thou hast given me, I have not lost one of them.

            18:13/14Annas... was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was high priest that year.

            18:26 One of the bondmen of the high priest, who was kinsman of him whose ear  Peter cut off, says, Did  not I see thee in the garden with him?

            18:28And theyentered not into the praetorium, that they might not be defiled, but eat the passover.

            18:32 ... that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled which he spoke, signifying what death he should die.

            18:40Now Barabbas was a robber.

            19:5 (Jesus therefore went forth without, wearing the crown of thorn, and the purple robe.)

            19:13 A place called Pavement; but in Hebrew Gabbatha.

            19:14 (now it was [the] preparation of the passover, it was about the sixth hour;)

            19:17 [place] of a skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha.

            19:24 ...that the scripture might be fulfilled which says, they parted my garments among themselves, and on my vesture they cast lots.

            19:28/29 Jesus, knowing that all things were now finished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, says, I thirst.

            19:31 (for the day of that sabbathwas a great [day,])

            19:35/36And he who saw it bears witness, and his witness is true, and he knows that he says true that ye also may believe. For these things took                      place that the scripture might be fulfilled, Not a bone of him shall be broken.

            19:37And again another scripture says, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

            19:41 But there was in the place where he had been crucified a garden, and in the  garden a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. There                     therefore, on account of the preparation of the Jews, because the tomb was near, they laid Jesus.

            20:9For they had not yet known the scripture, that he must rise from among [the] dead.

            20:19 ...the doors shut where the disciples were, through fear of the Jews.

            20:31 These are written that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life in his name.

            21:4 ...the disciples however did not know that it was Jesus.

            21:7 (for he was naked)

            21:8 ...for they were not far from the land.

            21:19 But he said this signifying by what death he should glorify God.

            The main object in creating the foregoing list is to show that it is not unreasonable to regard John 3:13 as an explanatory statement by John rather than something that Christ Himself said, noting particularly that the statement is in the third person singular, rather than the first person. I have gone into this point in more detail elsewhere.


April 2013