Essay on The Resurrection of Lazarus as Central to the Gospel of John

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The Resurrection of Lazarus as Central to the Gospel of John

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John comprise the core of Christian belief and tradition; in telling the story of the life and works of Jesus of Nazareth, each serves to direct and instruct the lives of His followers while also firmly establishing the divinity and nature of Jesus as the Messiah. The Gospel of John stands out from the other three, deemed the Synoptic Gospels because of the way they are organized section by section, rather than as synthesizing an overall theme as in John, in that it contains no genealogy of Jesus, but instead attempts to establish his significance through his miracles and explain the mystery of Jesus through a glimpse into his
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In chapter six of the Gospel of John, Jesus performs the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves, the only miracle present in all four Gospels. A large crowd was by then following Jesus because "…they saw signs that he was doing for the sick." When Jesus performed this miracle of feeding five thousand with but five loaves and two fish, the faith of the crowd in his divine being grew extraordinarily. This becomes clear in verse 14 when the crowd says "this is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world." Yet the crowd still refers to Him as a prophet, and does not accept Him fully as the son of God. Jesus continued to use His power to perform miracles as a way to turn people to God and build the faith of His followers. In Chapter 9, Jesus heals a blind man. The blind man is healed on account of his faith in God and his belief in Jesus Christ. The blind man professes his faith in Jesus when he says "Tell me, so that I may believe in him." John also takes time to give an explanation for the existence of evil: "Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God's works might be revealed in him." Though this point is not further developed, it does expound upon the concept that God 'works in mysterious ways,' and allows Jesus to be deemed "the light of the world," alluding, perhaps, not just

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