The topic for the first Sabbath of 2012 will be the Sabbath in the Gospel of John. From the point of view of apologetics, John is a key text. If Jesus is abandoning the Sabbath, it cannot survive. If he does not abandon it, it will survive, and it will shine with renewed luster. For this reason John takes us to a decisive and defining moment. The decisive moment relates to the survival of the Sabbath. The defining moment speaks to its meaning. In no other book in the Bible is the Sabbath as central to the plot as in the Gospel of John.