The Gospel of John is a treasure for students of the New Testament. It can fill our days and sustain us for many years. Yet, we must develop an appreciation for what the author is trying to accomplish.
Matthew, Mark and Luke were edifying their readers and bringing souls to Jesus. However, false doctrines about Christ were arising and needed to be addressed.
Who better to do so than the man who was probably the closest to Jesus among all those on earth? (John 13:23-25).
God, through the Holy Spirit and the Apostle John, opens the remarkable fourth gospel with the most shocking introduction in history. The first five verses of John present challenges so lofty that only one man could live up to them.
The eternal Word was with God while actually being God at the same time (John 1:1-5), and he came to earth to walk among men (John 1:14). In this brief introduction, John touches on many common themes in his gospel, such as the eternal and authoritative Word, light, darkness and glory.
John spends the remainder of the book proving his initial premise. John is less biographical and more apologetic to prove Jesus is the Son of God and that he came in the flesh. Every item was selected to prove his points, chiefly the Seven Great I Am’s (John 6:35; 8:12; 10:9,11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1).
John’s premise is proven when Thomas doubts the resurrection of Christ. He demands to see the wounds of Jesus and is granted the privilege (John 20:24-27). Then Thomas exclaims, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28, NKJV).
Jesus follows Thomas’ affirmation with, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). He then closes the section with the statement that these words should be sufficient for everyone to prove the deity of Christ (John 20:30-31).
The Gospel of John is extraordinary and provides the perfect destination to introduce someone to Christ. Become an avid student of the book and bask in it blessings.