In the Gospel of John the emphasis is on Jesus as the holy Son of God. John wrote (inspired by the Holy Spirit), ‘Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written so you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name.’ 1
# The fact of Jesus as the Son of God shows up in the following ways in the Gospel of John:
- ‘Matthew wants his readers to obey the King; Mark hopes his readers will allow the Servant to serve them; Luke asks his readers to follow the Perfect Man; and John writes about life, light, love, truth and glory so that his readers will love and believe in God’s glorious, light-bearing, life-bringing Son.’ 2
- Instead of the Ruler of a Kingdom (Matthew), we have the ‘light of men,’ instead of the Servant (Mark), we have the Creator of the universe, instead of a Man used to the problems of life (Luke), we read about ‘…God, the one and only who is at the Father’s side, and has made Him known.’ 3,4
# John’s Gospel begins with Jesus’ heavenly genealogy.
- ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.’ 4 It is clear that Jesus is divine.
# The Son of God started His miraculous ‘career’ when Jesus changed the water into wine.
- When human provision is exhausted, the Son of God provides an abundant supply of good things. 5
- Human works end in failure, but the Son of God brings glory out of the failure.
# The Son of God came to bring eternal life to those who believe.
Matthew is concerned with righteousness in the Kingdom, Mark with service, and Luke stresses the generosity of the Perfect Man. John’s emphasis is on eternal life, ‘Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision, or a husband’s will, but born of God.’ Also, ‘Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life….’ 6
# Jesus, as Son of God, was completely in control when the detachment of soldiers came to arrest Him.
- There is no prayer that depicts His agony.
- When He asks them who they want, His answer, ‘I am He,’ caught them unaware, since they knew it had to do with God (the ‘I am…’ refers to God in Exodus 3:14).
John’s Gospel does not end with Jesus commanding His disciples to spread the Word. It tells us how Jesus lovingly restored Peter with the command to ‘feed His sheep.’ Jesus, the Son of God, came to give life, and He restores Peter’s shattered faith by the gentle reminders that Peter’s work to spread the Good News is much more important than wallowing in failure because he betrayed the Son of God, John 21:15-19.
- John 20:30-31
- J Bickersteth & T Pain, The Four Faces of God, Kingsway Publications, 1992, reprinted 1993, 1994, p 70
- Ibid, p 73-74
- John 1:1-18
- Ref 3, p 75
- John 1:12-13; 3:36a