God's sovereignty in John 1 thru 12 I lead a small group in a weekly devotional time. We read one or two chapters of scripture and then pray. My guidance is limited to occasionally saying things like "think about what was said right there", or "that statement by the Lord will be important to remember later on". Also I field questions, of which ther are usually very few - that is, until this past week. We started reading the New Testament many months ago. I anxiously yet patiently waited to start the book of John because I had said to some people that nobody can read the first 12 chapters of John and not understand God's Sovereignty in salvation unless they were discouraged from it. One of the members was generally opposed to the doctrines of grace but had never really studied the issue. This week, as we began reading chapter twelve the whole mood changed. Unsolicited questions began popping up and comments like "oh, I see it now" were prevalent. It took nearly 3 hours to finish the session. By the time we were done that person left convinced that God is Sovereign in salvation. In addition to that conversion to Sovereignty, I gained new insight myself into the scripture. We noticed as we approached the Lord's comments concerning the drawing of all men unto himself by the crucifixion (if I be lifted up), that the whole discourse was precipitated by the approach of Greeks, who were prompted by the great upheaval surrounding the resurrection of Lazarus, to seek Jesus. We then saw how that the scope of "all men that shall be drawn" included men of all nations, as the gospel of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ would go throughout the entire world and bring (draw) untold thousands to Christ. We also saw with complete clarity that the scope of "all men" could not possibly include all men without exception, for John had already established that Christ should die "not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad." We compared Romans 11 where "all Israel shall be saved" and also saw that not all Israel is Israel - that a remnant shall be saved - that is, that although Israel is an "elect" nation, only the elect individuals whome God has reserved unto Himself, together with the elect of all nations, shall be gathered into one body - the church - during the "times of the Gentiles". We also saw that Joh said that some could not believe because God had blinded them (notwithstanding they were born blind and were condemned already), and Paul said that blindness in part has happened to Israel. The agreement between John and Paul was amazing. That's what God's Word is - amazing.