Jesus is the incarnation of the creator God of Israel, sharing his love and the gift of eternal life with the world.
Throughout the Gospel of John, we see that Jesus is the son of God and the Messiah toward which all of Israel's history points.
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The Son of God
The book of John is unique among the Gospel accounts in terms of its style and literary design. John claims in the opening chapter that not only is Jesus the Messiah but he's also the son of God who gives eternal life to everyone who believes in his name. John supports this claim through highlighting Jesus' signs and miracles and the literary brilliance of the book. For example, John relies heavily on the symbolic patterns of seven throughout his account. Seven times Jesus answers "I Am" when people question his identity. And Jesus makes clear that those who believe he is the Messiah and the son of God will experience rebirth and total freedom and salvation from their former lives of sin.
Jesus is the Word and with the Word, meaning he is God's tabernacle in our midst, the one true God of Israel in human form.
Signs and Miracles
Jesus performs signs and miracles that show he is God. Jesus' actions introduced others to new life, but they drew criticism from the religious leaders.
Jesus raises Lazarus. Then he demonstrates His love for others when He rides into Jerusalem as Israel's king even though leaders conspire to murder Him.
Before his death, Jesus demonstrated God's true nature of selfless love, and he asked the disciples to perform radical acts of service as they loved others selflessly.
Jesus commissioned his disciples to spread the good news of God's Kingdom to the world. He made clear that they would see success in this task by listening and obeying.
John: The Gospel of the Eternal Son Who Reveals the Father
This week, guest writer Mark L. Strauss, scholar and professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary San Diego and author of "Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels," provides us an amazing essay on the Gospel of John, the third installment of four....