The book of John is very different from Matthew, Mark and Luke. It doesn’t have as many miracles as the other three. And Jesus gives long speeches rather than short, snappy sayings.
John’s Gospel doesn’t attempt to tell all the details in the story of Jesus. Instead, the writer sat down and wrote in order to draw out the deep meaning of Jesus’s life. In contrast to Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus in John’s Gospel openly declares who he is. There are seven sayings of Jesus in the book that begin with the words: “I am”. Each of these sayings gives us a different picture of Jesus’s identity, and they help us to understand him. They are…
In John, Jesus gives the fullest teaching in any of the four Gospels about his relationship to God the Father. He says that he was sent by the Father, that he is the only way to the Father, and (most shocking of all to his listeners) that he and the Father are one. Theses passages in John were later crucial to the church in formulating belief in God as a trinity.
Why was John’s Gospel written? Towards the end of the book, the writer seems to answer this:
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The Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – are the first four books of the New Testament. All of them tell the story of Jesus’s life, and like four witnesses to an event, they each have a different angle on what happened, and what it all means.
You can read and print out complete copies of all of the four Gospels. The Bible version is the Contemporary English Version (CEV). Used with permission from Bible Society. Full copies of the CEV Bible can be ordered by clicking here.
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