Let’s start 2023 with the Gospel of John. I adore the Gospel of John; it reminds me of how we see things differently as we get older and have time to season a bit. The synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) were very close and acted as different perspectives of an event. The appearance our Lord was a definite event. His life, His ministry, His teaching, and His sacrifice all have changed the world. Still, as John had time to review the three friends’ versions of the story of Emmanuel,(God With us), He decided to take a different approach.
The Gospel of John showed the side of Jesus that a dear friend would see. John was Jesus’ dear friend. He was rarely a challenge for Jesus and John’s love and loyalty gained Him the unique role of caring for Mary, Jesus’ mom. Now at the end of His life, John retold the story from a different perspective and for a very specific reason; to see folks get saved!
As we explore John’s perspective, I would love your feedback and your questions. Have a great rest of 2022, we will start John on Monday jan2, 2023!
God Bless You!
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,[a]
and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.[b]
6 God sent a man, John the Baptist,[c] 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. 9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
14 So the Word became human[d] and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.[e] And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.