The Gospel according to John was written by “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23). There is some debate as to precisely which John this was. It could have been one of the twelve disciples or another John who lived in Jerusalem who was well known in the later church. Either way, this is an eyewitness account of the life of Jesus. This is not a story about Jesus – this is historical fact. John writes as a man who witnessed these events and not as a fictional storyteller. What John reports is absolutely amazing and hard to believe. When you remove your skeptical worldly vision and absorb John’s testimony as truth, and an honest depiction of the miraculous life of Jesus, you have to come away stunned by the awesome nature of the Son of God.
“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.” John 20:31 (NIV)
Before you read one more word about the Gospel of John, stop and settle into the understanding that Jesus is real – He’s alive – and He can change your life forever. Keep that thought in mind as you continue to read about John’s account of His life.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 (NIV)
John doesn’t waste any time letting us know precisely who Jesus was. The words that came out of the mouth of God when he created heaven and earth – Let there be light – and all the other creation pronouncements were not only words but an expression of God Himself – a manifestation of His power. That manifestation of the power of God is the same entity that walked this earth known as Jesus.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John 1:14 (NIV)
John is clearly telling his readers that knowing Jesus is the same as knowing God – they are one and the same. Keep in mind this is a man who experienced Jesus first hand. This is a man who saw Jesus perform many miracles. This is a man who sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to Him teach. John’s Gospel is a powerful document that brings to life the incredible power of God and delivers a clear understanding of how we can come to know Him.
“No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” John 1:18 (NIV)
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