Day4

John

from the This Is the New Testament reading plan


John 1:1-18, John 5:17-23, Genesis 1:1-5, Revelation 1:4-8

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This Is the New Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. As we read, we’ll gain a broader understanding of the redemptive story of Scripture. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. 

What Is John? About 90 percent of the material in the Gospel of John is unique to this book of the Bible. John, a disciple of Jesus, highlighted Jesus’s identity as the Son who reveals the nature of God the Father. He also points to how Jesus fulfills Old Testament prophecy, festivals, and institutions. 

How John Fits Into the Story: Of all the New Testament books, the Gospel of John most clearly teaches the divine identity of Christ. Rather than focusing on the miracles, parables, and public speeches that are so prominent in the other Gospel accounts, John emphasizes the identity of Jesus as the Son of God and His invitation to respond in faith.

Reflection Questions: 
1. How does Jesus describe His relationship to God the Father in today’s reading? How do these passages broaden or change your understanding of who Jesus is?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?

Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.

Post Comments (62)

62 thoughts on "John"

  1. Jeanna Vance says:

    Thanks for sharing this thought. I needed to remember and I completely feel a huge YES in my spirit! Lately I feel like the the Lord has been repeating the phrase “I am the LOVER, you are the LOVED”. I feel a deeper sense of quiet worship as I slide into this more and more.

  2. Ashley Leverett says:

    Thank you for this Elizabeth! I have always wondered about John being the one whom Jesus loved, so this really does help thinking of John identifying himself through the love of Jesus.

  3. Elizabeth Cartwright says:

    Ok, so I’m behind and this isn’t responding to the question or even today’s reading explicitly, but it is a thought that came to me while reading. John identifies himself as the disciple whose Jesus loved. In a book that’s largely about identity that’s probably not an accident. Maybe it wasn’t that John was more favored than the others. God is not a preferrer of persons. Maybe the point is that John allowed himself to be identified by Jesus’s love for him, and maybe he understood and internalized that more than the other. Maybe that’s what led him to be at the foot of the cross next to Mary on the day Jesus was crucified, because when you really understand how much you’re loved there’s no other response. Maybe John was given the responsibility of caring for Mary because love wouldn’t let John do any less. Maybe the muscling through the life of faith that we do is because we don’t really understand or allow ourselves to accept the depth of God’s love for us. Maybe when we finally do, it won’t be work. It will be the response we could ever give.

  4. LaJeana Bailey says:

    Jesus describes his relationship to God as one of mutuality. They separate, but the same. Jesus and God, along with the Holy Spirit, are one in the same. Separate and distinct, yet the same and together. To accept one is to accept the other, but reject one and you reject the other.

  5. Kristine Purcell says:

    Its nice to be reminded that Jesus was there at the beginning and this helps me know that he is with me now as well. We all have to be reminded of that sometimes.

  6. Christine F says:

    The book of John used to confuse me as a new believer. Over time, I have grown, learned and treasure it’s riches. I love that my understanding grows and changes. V 22 stood out to me today- how have I missed so many times that the Father gives all judgment to the Son?

    1. Rachel Blessum says:

      I also was taken by surprise by v 22! It’s possible that the translation I usually read doesn’t use those words.

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