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Physical exercise in the Clear
Setting out to discover a gospel-concentrate in John’s Gospel may well look like the “challenge” of locating a mountain in a photo montage of the Swiss Alps—an physical exercise in the apparent. But there is a terrific distinction amongst holding a travel brochure in your hand and truly standing at the base of the Alps. It is the distinction amongst pleasant thoughts and soul-gripping wonder a curious imagination and awe-fueled adoration becoming properly studied, and becoming knee-buckling stunned. John’s Gospel is written not just to inform our minds but to inflame our hearts.
Assume of John’s Gospel not so a lot as a book but as a location. John is a tour guide of the Alps of the gospel. He says to us, his readers, “You’ve got to see Jesus for oneself. There’s so a lot far more to Jesus, and what he’s accomplished for you, than you can possibly think about or even hope.”
Certainly, John didn’t create merely to communicate trustworthy information (which he did), but to produce transforming doxology (which he does). As we meet Jesus in the text, John anticipates we will respond like the Samaritan lady whose story he shares with us: “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” (John four:29). To see Jesus in John’s Gospel is to uncover Christ and, consequently, to be changed forever.
John speaks from a firsthand encounter with Jesus. He does not just inform about the A single who came from “the Father’s side” (John 1:18) he writes as a single who felt close sufficient to Jesus to rest his personal head against Jesus’ side (John 13:23). This beloved disciple (John 20:two) desires us to uncover what he discovered—that from Jesus’ fullness we get “grace upon grace” (John 1:16).
From his prologue to his epilogue, John sets out to answer two main queries: “Who is Jesus?” and “What has Jesus come into this globe to achieve?” John fixes our eyes on Jesus himself, the extremely embodiment of the gospel. John starts his Gospel heralding the advent of the new creation story—positioning Jesus as the principal character and carrier of the complete narrative.
Who is Jesus? He is the promised Messiah. Why did he come? Jesus has come to give us life—abundant life.
As opposed to the other 3 Gospel writers (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), John did not structure his Gospel with a strict chronology in thoughts. His is each a selective and a strategic record. In truth, although all 4 Gospel writers concentrate their accounts in the end on the death and resurrection of Jesus, John spends a complete 40 % of his account on this final week—the most vital week of our Lord’s life and of human history (John 12:1–20:25). All the things John tells us about Jesus leads us to his cross and his empty tomb—to his substitutionary death and glorious resurrection.
We do not have to guess about John’s objective and purpose in writing his Gospel. John tells us that he chose unique stories and “signs” so that “you may well think that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may well have life in his name” (John 20:30–31).
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Who is Jesus? He is the promised Messiah. Why did he come? Jesus has come to give us life—abundant life (John 10:10), eternal life, the life of “the age to come” (cf. Luke 18:30 Heb. six:five). The gospel of God’s grace is so a lot far more than a story about life right after death. It is also a story about life prior to death—how by way of Jesus’ death and resurrection the kingdom of God has currently arrived and has restored fallen creatures, and the fallen creation, to their suitable partnership with the Lord of life. And a single day this kingdom will arrive in fullness, eradicating all remaining sin and sadness. With John, we will uncover that there’s not far more than the gospel to bring fulfillment to our lives, just far more of the gospel.
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