I have been thinking about my decision on ending the year with the book of John. Yes, part of it it’s just that we were covering the Gospels and John is the last Gospel in the Bible. It might have been just because of order, but honestly, I love it because John is my favorite gospel. So yes! We left the best for last!
This is the gospel that focuses on our life in Jesus. The other gospels emphasize the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven, John emphasizes new life found in Jesus.
This book talks more about WHO Jesus is and how it relates to us, than WHAT He could or can do.
“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.”
Just as you can see in this verse, John focuses on the actual miracles of Jesus and tells us the purpose behind them which is the actual most important thing: “that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the son of God” Why? Because “by believing you will have life”. See? This book will always talk about him in the power there is in us believing in Him. Therefore, every new believer is always advised to start reading their Bibles through the Gospel of John.
The book starts telling us Jesus is the word of God and that He was in the mist of all creation. Unlike the other gospels that highlight Jesus’ human lineage, John highlights his divine nature. From the very first verses, John sets Jesus in the center of God’s eternal plan.
“Life came into being because of him, for his life is light for all humanity.”
John 1:4 TPT
Chapter one introduces us to Jesus also through John the Baptist. There is one specific verse that caught my attention and I’ve been meditating on it for days:
“I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.”
John 1:31 NLT
John is teaching about the secret to a relationship with Christ. He would baptize people and lead them to repentance, right? So, in verse 31 he says that he has been doing this so that Jesus might be revealed to the people. He is giving us the key to enter into a relationship with our Savior: surrender/repentance. That is the first step to receive a revelation of Christ. Surrender your heart, your thoughts, your beliefs, your ways.
I can’t help but imagine myself being one of the people who we see interacting with Jesus in the first two chapters of John. The disciples, being so amazed at His easy approach and availability, but also His wisdom and boldness that they wanted to bring more to know him. Mary and how much she trusted in His power that she persisted in faith until her eyes witnessed Jesus’ first miracle.
Honestly, I crave for that closeness with Jesus. The closeness John the Baptist (I mean c’mon he even baptized The Guy!) and Jesus’ disciples had with Him. I mean, they were together ALL THE TIME! We will see later how the author himself calls his own self “Jesus’ closest”! And Mary, obviously knew Him well enough to trust he could fix any situation at any given moment.
Here is the coolest part about these two chapters though. Even though I’ve talked about I would love such a close relationship and opportunity to get to know Jesus (which by the way, WE CAN! That’s what this whole book is about) He knows me already in a crazy close way!
“No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart”
John’s purpose to write this book is clear. He wants us to know that we can have a close relationship with Christ because God Himself wants this to happen! Now the question is: Do you?