Introduction to the Gospel of John

j.jpgGreetings!

The Gospel of John is one of the most famous books in the Bible.  You could do whole sermons on literally hundreds of individual verses.  It will be hard not to over-comment on this series!  Most people have heard of John 3:16 but there is so much more to it than that.   

I used to not care for this book very much.  But the more I’ve studied it the more I like it.  It has so much great content and is beautifully written.  It has a different style than the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) but no contradictions to them.

Some liberal scholars insist that this Gospel wasn’t written by John and was written 100 years after the resurrection, but the evidence does not support that view.  It was already being quoted by church leaders before that time. 

Nearly half of the book covers the week before the crucifixion and resurrection.

John weaves in accounts of 8 miracles that highlight different aspects of Jesus’ deity and ministry, starting with turning water to wine at the Cana wedding feast.   It includes the raising of Lazarus from the dead, many direct claims to Jesus being God, extended and heating confrontations of the Pharisees, and much more.

See The Gospel of John Movie for an overview of my favorite Bible movie.  It is a word-for-word presentation of this book.  It has excellent acting and production values.

2 thoughts on “Introduction to the Gospel of John”

  1. You commit a logical fallacy when you create this straw-man claim: Some liberal scholars insist that this Gospel wasn’t written by John and was written 100 years after the resurrection, but the evidence does not support that view. 

    While it is true that the Biblical evidence certainly does not support the idea that the fourth gospel was ‘written 100 years after the resurrection’, it is equally true that the Biblical evidence proves that WHOEVER the anonymous “other disciple whom Jesus loved” (i.e. the unnamed author of the forth gospel) was, he could not have been John — because that unbiblical tradition forces the Bible to contradict itself.

    The truth is there is not a single verse in scripture that would justify teaching the idea that John was the unnamed “other disciple whom Jesus loved” and yet most simply assume that this man-made tradition cannot be wrong and then interpret scripture to fit this idea. This idea comes from NON-Bible sources and is imposed upon the text, when the text says no such thing.

    The label The Gospel of John was added to scripture (by men who assumed this was the Apostle John) and since the content of the Bible – the actual words of the God inspired authors thereof – can show the John idea is not true, then those who believe in the inspired word of God certainly have a compelling reason to cease promoting the false idea that that the one whom “Jesus loved” was John.
     
    While it will surely mean having to endure scornful looks from those who won’t be swayed by the Biblical evidence on this question, rejecting the unbiblical man-made John tradition befits the admonition, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” Inspired scripture is what we are to rely on – not the things that men may add to it.

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