Book of John

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. …

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:1
The Gospel of John is like no other book, in it's detail of the life of Jesus.

Many incidents in The Book of John, such as the wedding in Cana, the encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, and the raising of Lazarus are not paralleled in the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), and most scholars believe he drew these from an independent source called the “signs gospel”, and the speeches of Jesus from a second “discourse” source.

John identifies Jesus as the Logos (Word). In Ancient Greek philosophy, the term logos meant the principle of cosmic reason. In this sense, it was similar to the Hebrew concept of Wisdom, God’s companion and intimate helper in creation.

“‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ They answered him, ‘We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?’”

John 8:32-33

The portrayal of Jesus’ death in John is unique among the four Gospels. As it doesn’t rely on atonement theology but rather presents the death of Jesus as his glorification and return to the Father.

The book of John is a story of peace and love, that astonishes the reader again and again. In some ways it’s like finding peace in nature, returning to place you’ve been many times before. Breathing in the words and experiencing the emotion, paying attention to the details, seeking the beauty.

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