Most scholars will agree the Gospel of John is a very important document on Christian theology… often times, more so than the synoptics, which are the works of Matthew, Mark, and Luke!
Why? Probably because the way John the Disciple portrays Jesus Christ! John discusses two critical particulars in His Gospel:
1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God!
2. The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us!
Only John’s Gospel presents the concept of the eternal Word of God being made flesh and living in this world among us!
About the Book of John:
The Book of John is filled with first hand accounts of John’s experiences with Jesus that occurred during His 33 years on earth…
John explains things in much more detail than the Synoptic Gospels! Because of His unique relationship with Jesus, John is able to give us a broader perspective into some of the events that occurred during Jesus’ time on earth, such as…
~ When the disciples crossed the lake in the storm, John records they had rowed between three and four miles
~ The loaves of bread the boy brought to Jesus were actually barley loaves
~ John records the exact weight of the myrrh and aloe used to anoint Jesus’ body
But, it’s interesting to note that the parables Jesus told, which are so precious to the Synoptic Gospels… John omits!
What you will NOT find in the Book of John:
Because the Gospel of John varies from the other three gospels by focusing more on spiritual themes rather than historical events, the following is a list of the things we will not find in this Gospel…
~ Jesus’ birth or the events that surrounded His birth
~ The temptation of Jesus
~ Jesus’ baptism
~ Jesus’ last supper with His disciples
~ Jesus’ struggle in Gethsemane
~ Jesus’ ascension into heaven
~ The deliverance of the demon possessed
What you WILL find in the Book of John:
Even though John omits much of what the Synoptic Gospels tell us, He tells us much of what the other three omit!
It is only in John’s Gospel that some of Jesus’ disciples really come to life! John shows us some of Andrew’s personality and some of Phillip’s character… we also get to hear Thomas speak, and we get to hear the protest of Judas at Bethany!
The following is a list of some of the other important things we will read ONLY in the Gospel of John:
~ The miracle Jesus performed at the marriage feast at Cana of Galilee
~ The coming of Nicodemus to Jesus at the midnight hour
~ Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well
~ Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead
~ The way Jesus washed His disciples’ feet
~ Jesus’ teachings about the Holy Spirit as our Comforter and Guide
About John the Disciple:
It’s interesting that John the Disciple’s mother was the sister of Jesus’ mother, Mary, which would make John and Jesus first cousins! This may explain the special favor Jesus showed John (John records himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved, recorded in John 13:23, 19:26, and 21:7)! This could also explain the uniqueness of his record of the life of Jesus…
Also, John the Disciple identifies himself as “The disciple which testifies of these things, and writes these things; and we know that his testimony is true” (John 21:24)!
The Gospel of John is truly a facinating perspective on the life of Jesus, and I absolutely encourage you to absorb it to fully expand your Christian walk and super-charge your life!
Article written by Daniel N. Brown
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