“Having life” is the priority for which the Gospel of John was written. What kind of “life” is the author aiming for though? Eternal life with God!
Eternal life with God is impossible without Jesus. This is why the Gospel of John painstakingly portrays Jesus as the only one with the ability to reestablish spiritual life with God. Jesus is the “Way, the Truth, and the Life…..No one comes to the Father except through Me” Jesus says.
We want to reaffirm core truths with the Gospel of John; we want to allow John’s gospel account to teach us about Jesus’ origin and Jesus’ human mission to the cross. We’ll learn how Jesus’ origin and mission are the foundation for our faith, which is also our eternal life with God!
The Gospel of John includes the word life over 40 times in 39 verses compared to the rest of the gospels combined (39 occurrences in 33 verses). When Jesus says that He is the Bread of Life, that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, the Resurrection and the Life, He’s stressing that He is the direct connection to eternal life with God. We’ll explore these sayings as we journey through John’s gospel.
John 20:30-31 reads “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” John records seven of these signs to illustrate Jesus being the Christ, the Son of God. These signs should illustrate in some way, either directly or indirectly, that Jesus, being divine, is able to impart eternal life. These signs are:
1. water turned into wine (2:1-11)
2. healing the royal official’s son (4:43-54)
3. healing the lame man (5:1-9)
4. feeding 5000 (6:1-14)
5. walking on the sea (6:16-24)
6. giving sight to the blind man (9:1-6)
7. raising Lazarus (11:25-26)
Chapters 2-11 contain these miraculous signs that point to Jesus nature and His mission. Chapters 12-20 will follow the last week of Jesus’ life to the cross and His resurrection. We’ll learn more about Jesus’ mission and His apostles’ mission in those chapters. We’ll also learn about what Jesus means by using the word truth.