- Day 1 of the New Testament! Great day to jump in!
Who wrote the book of John? If you said John the Baptist you are in good company but you would be wrong. (Most people think that). It is John the apostle (brother of James). John is a disciple of John the Baptist. He is also used by God to write 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Revelation.
John is the book for ALL. It is written to prove that Jesus was the promised Messiah to the Jews and the Son of God to the Gentiles. The Keyword in John is believe (used 98 times).
The theme of John’s book is Jesus Deity or Holiness. In this book, there is no genealogy because Jesus was In the Beginning with God at the Creation.
This book is not like the other 3 Gospels. The other 3 are called Synoptic, for their similarities. Jesus talks to the people in Judea, The other 3 portray Jesus in action miracles, parables, and speeches to the multitudes. John captures Jesus in mediation and communion.
As many of you may have picked up in the OT, 7 is a very important number. A number of completeness. In the book of John, there will be
- 7 Miracles,
- 7 “I Am”
- 7 Witnesses called to prove that He is God.