We finished our study of Revelation in the spring where we learned the author was John, one of Jesus’ disciples. John was the brother of James and son of Zebedee. John also wrote 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and the Gospel of John. Now we are going to find out more about John as we study the 4th Gospel. John was called “the one that Jesus loved”. Jesus loved and trusted John so much that He entrusted His own mother to him at His crucifixion. John was very close to Jesus and knew Him more than anyone else.
This gospel of John is the most read book of the Bible. New believers are told to read it first. It is the single most important book written. Its purpose is that you would believe in Jesus. It introduces Jesus not from His birth like the other Gospels, but from the beginning - before creation.
Believe is used 90 times in this book – life 364 times and world 77 times. The key truth is that Jesus is God and we are to magnify Him. John calls us to believe and Jesus’ actions call us to follow Him. When we follow Him, He grows and matures us.
The 4 Gospels were written by 4 different men, and all represent Jesus as the Christ. They all have different aims. This is God’s way to give us a richer picture of His Son. John emphasizes the deity of Christ and introduces Him as The Word. He was God and existed before the beginning of time. He is The Creator of all things.
Some key verses are: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” – John 1:1 “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14.
This entire book shows that God took the form of flesh and dwelt among us. John shows us that Jesus was very much human and stresses Jesus’ relationships with individuals. John tells why he wrote this book. “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” – John 20:31
In the book of John we see Jesus as the Light of the world, the Truth, the Way, the Life. John calls Him the Lamb of God. “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” – John 14:6.
Next week we will begin our study John 1. I am sure this will be an exciting study. Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting my site. Hope to see you here next time.
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