Written by: Tim Wood
I’m excited to see where the Spirit of God takes us as we read through the Gospel of John together. We are encouraging you to read through same passage 7 times. For example, this week we read through John chapter one. This allows you to retain more of what you are reading and for the Word to settle into your life. Before you read the passage, ask the Holy Spirit to point out verses that you need to reflect on. As the Spirit points out these verses, think about them throughout the day. We are also encouraging everyone to discuss their readings and reflections with other people. READ – THINK – DISCUSS. What a way to start the New Year.
I love the Gospel of John for several reasons:
1) The Gospel of John stands apart from the other Gospels. It was written later, between 90-100 AD, and has a very distinct style compared to the other Gospels. The author of John is a master storyteller who weaves imagery, metaphors, and theological language into a brilliant and beloved depiction of the life and character of Jesus Christ.
2) The mention of “life” appears in John’s Gospel more than any other book in the entire New Testament. John invites people to believe in Jesus and the eternal life given by God’s Son.
3) John’s Gospel focuses on describing Jesus as the incarnate Son of God. However, instead of just telling stories about Jesus, much like the other Gospels, John’s Gospel dives into spiritual meanings behind the stories. For example, Jesus didn’t just feed 5000; He is the Bread of Life. Jesus didn’t just heal a blind man; He is the Light of the World.
4) The miracles of Jesus are described as signs, pointing to Jesus as God. There are seven of these miracles highlighted in John’s Gospel. There are also seven “I AM” statements, from Jesus, that flow throughout the Gospel. These “I Am” statements are reminiscent of God’s covenant name given to Moses – “I am what I am”. These “I Am” statements reveal to us what God is providing for us in His Son, Jesus Christ.
The purpose of his Gospel is recorded in John 20:30-31: “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” I’m praying that the aim of John’s Gospel becomes more real to us. So join us as we Read – Think – Discuss the Gospel of John together.