When I became a Christian in 1996 I was instructed to read the Gospel of John before reading anything else in the Bible. I was struck then, as now, at the simplicity of John’s writing and at the same time the crystal clarity he delivers. Whether you engage in a cursory glance of book or an in-depth study you can’t help but see that John is showing, telling, broadcasting even that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The apostle provides a great gift for the reader in chapter 20 verses 30-31. He states:
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Essentially, that’s it! John communicates who he’s written about, what his hearers need to do, why he’s written, and what happens as a result of doing what he says. There’s a heavy emphasis on the person of Jesus and his ministry (1:18-12:10), his final week of life (12:11-20:31), and an interesting link between belief, love, and obedience (14:21).
The journey through John’s gospel will take our church some time, but I'm confident it'll be timely, powerful, and relevant. We’ll work together to be insightful and encouraging. I’m confident exposure to “these things” will not only open our eyes, but they will transform our lives.