‘Jesus’ encounters with men and women in John’s gospel reveal his core teachings in a particularly dramatic and vivid way.
But the conversations Jesus had with these persons were not merely about personal sins and specific religious practices. In these encounters we see addressed the big, “meaning of life” questions: who are we, and why are we here? Why be a good person; why love instead of hate? What’s wrong with the world? And what, if anything can make it right?