In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:1-5 (NIV)
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
John 20:31 (NIV)
This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
John 21:24 (NIV)
Read: John 1
Consider: Having spent the last three weeks reading and thinking about John’s gospel, I hope that you have come to the conclusion that what John reports in his gospel can be trusted. The key is to remember that what you are reading is written by someone who was there at the time, who was a disciple of Jesus and who saw and heard what Jesus said. John was also present at Jesus’ arrest, was close by at his trial, saw the crucifixion and had first-hand knowledge of the resurrection.
John himself tells us that his purpose in writing the gospel is that we (many centuries later) might come to share in believing in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
Over the next few days reflect on what you have learned from John’s gospel, asking God to embed these truths in your heart. Think again of Jesus’ divinity, his being sent by God for the specific purpose of working out our salvation and also the life that he offers being to free us so as to live life to the full. Having chosen us we are called for the purpose of sharing the good news of the gospel with others.
The challenge for us is to allow what we have learned to change us so as to be more Christ-like.
Pray: Father, help us not to treat John’s gospel as a history book. May we come to understand the first-hand, eyewitness nature of what we read. Most of all, Lord, may what we read change us to become more Christ-like. Amen