Christian Believers And Seekers Of Roughly 50-85ad ( Zondervan Niv Study Bible

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Written primarily for Gentile believers and seekers of roughly 50-85AD (Zondervan NIV Study Bible, p.1756), the purpose of The Gospel of John is clearly stated by its author (presumed to be the apostle John) - “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31).

John’s Gospel differs from the Synoptics in form and perspective - but not, of course, in the basic storyline. He is born as prophesied, to much fanfare. John opens with echoing back to Genesis- “In the beginning…” and goes bigger with the point of Jesus being the fulfillment of prophecy. In John- He is God’s Word. He 's always been with God and always will be. He is the Light that will destroy the darkness. In the Synoptics, He came from humble beginnings. In John- He came from the Father...and is himself God. (John 1:1-1:18, John 10:30, John 14:9-10) This change in perspective on who Jesus is is one of the most important differences between John’s Gospel and The Synoptics. In portraying Jesus not only as His Father’s son, as well as one with Him- this Gospel also reacquaints us with a our own loving Father.

John the Baptist paves His way again- confirming Jesus as the Messiah, and announcing Him as The Lamb of God, who will take away the sins of the world.(John 1:29). He grows a ministry, gathers disciples (John 1:35-51) and performs miracles that draw crowds and the ire of the Jewish elders. Matthew, Mark and Luke…

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