The Gospel According to John

analytical Essay
1987 words
1987 words

The Gospel of John begins by stating that God sent John the Baptist to identify Jesus Christ as the true Light and Savior. First Christ became a human being and lived here on earth among us and was full of loving forgiveness and truth(John 975). One day while John was baptizing in the Jordan River, Jesus approached to be baptized. Once He was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended from Heaven in the form of a dove and rested on Jesus. This sign told John that Jesus is the Son of God(John 977).

Jesus performs many miracles and still there are people who don't believe in him. First He turned water into wine(John 977-988). Second, Jesus healed the sick son of a Capernaum government official on account of his faith(John 981). The fourth miracle accomplished by Jesus was healing a man that had been sick for 38 years. After He healed him physically, He healed him spiritually and told the man to roll up his sleeping mat and go home. Jewish leaders became angry with Jesus for instructing the man to carry his mat, since it was considered working on the Sabbath(John 982). Fifth, Jesus fed 5,000 people using five loaves of bread and two fish. Even after this last miracle, many followed Jesus, not because they believed in Him, but because He had fed them(John 983).

Jesus' own brothers didn't believe in Him and made fun of Him saying, "Go where more people can see your miracles!" they scoffed. "You can't be famous when you hide like this! If you're so great, prove it to the world!"(John 984). The Pharisees convicted Jesus of blasphemy before He was even tried, because they said that Jesus couldn't be the Messiah, for He would have been born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, not of a carp...

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...paraphrasing is to have an ironic tone that will hold the readers interest, but still retain the complete original meaning. If God intended John to have a photographic memory to be able to recall every single incident in perfect detail, he would have.

Works Cited

Gundry, Robert H., Ph.D. A Survey of the New Testament. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1970.

Gustin, Marilyn. Discovering God's Word. Mission Hills, California: Benziger Publishing Company, 1995.

John the Baptist. Life Application Bible for Students, John. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1992.

Tenney, Merril C. New Testament Times. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1965.

Thiessen, H. C. Introduction to the New Testament. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1966.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that god sent john the baptist to identify jesus christ as the true light and savior. the holy spirit descended from heaven in the form of a dove and rested on jesus.
  • Explains that jesus performs many miracles and still there are people who don't believe in him.
  • Analyzes how the pharisees convicted jesus of blasphemy before he was even tried, because they said that jesus couldn't be the messiah.
  • Analyzes how jesus tells judas that he will betray him and peter that peter will deny even knowing him three times before the cock crowed the next morning.
  • Explains that pilate judges jesus to be not guilty, but the jews don't accept this, yelling, "crucify him!" joseph of arimathea had been a secret disciple of jesus for fear of the jewish leaders.
  • Narrates how jesus appeared to his disciples after thomas, nathanael, james, and john had been fishing all night with no luck.
  • Analyzes how john's ministry was moral rather than political and could not be called revolutionary. he emphatically disclaimed messianic status, claiming only to be a forerunner of the kingdom prophesied in isaiah.
  • Explains that the apostle john wrote the fourth gospel in ephesus, a city of asia minor. the rylands fragment of john proved it to be earlier, to about a.d.
  • Compares the gospel of john and the synoptic gospels of matthew, mark, and luke.
  • Analyzes how john supplemented the synoptics by using different stories and sayings instead of copying them. the synopsis is assumed in the fourth gospel, so much information is not reiterated in john.
  • Explains that john didn't rely on the traditions found in the synoptic gospels, since they only mention the last passover when jesus died.
  • Explains that the fourth gospel contains more extended discourses by jesus than do the synoptics. the differences are partly created by john's own way of translating into greek dominated teaching, and partly because john had a habit of paraphrasing.
  • Analyzes how the dead sea scrolls have shown that john's religious vocabulary is characteristic of first century judaism. the gospel is written in the koine greek of the time, and is characterized rather frequently by hebrew parallelis
  • Analyzes how john's gospel account presents a very exalted view of jesus, recognizing him as the divine son of god.
  • Analyzes how john's account was written to deepen the faith of those in his community already familiar with the synoptic accounts, and to guide them in becoming better disciples of jesus.
  • Analyzes how john presents jesus as delivering his last discourse before his arrest, explaining to his followers what it means to be his disciple.
  • Opines that john's gospel will undoubtedly provoke them to read other books of the bible in the near future.
  • Opines that john must have had a great sense of humor, since he enjoyed the irony used throughout the book.
  • Explains gundry, robert h., ph.d. a survey of the new testament. grand rapids, michigan: zondervan publishing house, 1970.
  • Describes john the baptist's life application bible for students, and merril c. tenney, new testament times.
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