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Jesus in the Gospel According to St. John

In 10 Scripture Applied on 2013/02/22 at 9:11 AM

Jesus in the Gospel According to St. John In his Gospel, St. John records a three-word powerful sentence: “He explains Him.” (1:18)  The SON explains the FATHER.  John reveals the person of Jesus intimately, perceiving His inner most thoughts and emotions. If one wants to understand the true meaning of life, if one seeks eternal life, if one longs to know God, one will find all those desires fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ as revealed in all the Gospels.

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to enlighten the apostles so that they recorded, with divine authority, God’s truth. The Synoptic Gospel were recorded earlier than John’s Gospel, and they simply recorded what Jesus did and what He said, however, St. John gives special emphasis to what Jesus meant in his very theological gospel.

Each Gospel writer had a goal and specific audience in mind, which guided him to select certain miracles or signs to point to the different aspects of eternal truth. All four portrait painters of Jesus had one goal, expressed by John: “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.” ( 20:31) When you do read the Gospels and meditate on them, seek to find the heart of Jesus, the meaning of His words and miracles.  Try to define what Jesus Christ is to you personally.   Look into your own heart.

John’s Gospel reveals Jesus’ divinity as well as His humanity. Jesus is now in heaven in His human resurrected body which although invisible  to us, is nonetheless is as real as you are. Peter knew what was what when he said to our Lord: “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” (6: 66-69.)  When Thomas, the strict monotheistic Jew, recognized the full glory of the Risen Jesus’ person, he exclaimed in faith: “My Lord and my God”.  (20:28.)

Christ is a living, though invisible person, who has come to make knowledge become light and life in you.  Trust Him.  Expect Him to show you  how He can help you now.  Expect Him to enable you to see whatever changes you can make in your life for your own good.

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  1. Many lukewarm Catholics if they put a little effort in studying the Gospel of John will find out how this Gospel will change their lives forever. For years I have participated in many Bible studies, but it is not until I found the Gospel according to John offered by Catholic Scripture Study International in 2006, that my spiritual eyes were opened. The study of John made it possible for me to understand the other parts of the Scripture; how the Old Testament connects beautifully with the New Testament and vice versa. The more you study John the more layers you discover in his writings.
    In Luke 5:4, the Lord Jesus said to Peter, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” Especially in this Year of Faith (2012-2013) and during the period of Lent, I urge all Christians, not only Catholics, to “put out into the deep” in studying the Gospel of John. You will be grateful forever.

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