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The gospel of john

The Gospel of John

Presented by: Ben Ames, Matthew Conners, Patrick McCoy, Graham Poole & Stephen Spear

Introduction video
Introduction Video



  • John the Evangelist

    • Disciple of Jesus

    • eyewitness account of Jesus

    • wrote Gospel near time of his death at Ephesus in Asia Minor

  • Written in AD 90-100

    • created to convert Jews to Christianity

    • contrasts sharply from other Gospels

    • portrays long stories and Jesus’ monologues

  • main message was that God’s love cannot be greater

  • two major sources for the Gospel of John

    • collection of miracles, called the Signs Source

    • version of the Passion and Resurrection narratives


  • Two main purposes for writing Gospel of John

    • to combat false ideas about Jesus’ full humanity or even his divinity

    • to oppose the followers of John the Baptist, who even as late as the last decade believe he was the Messiah

  • the author of The Gospel of John shares common written and oral traditions with Mark’s Gospel and Luke’s Gospel

    • the sources of John’s Gospel are mostly independent traditions

    • Church Father Irenaeus attributes this Gospel to John, naming him the “Beloved Disciple”, as he stresses God’s love for us

  • written on papyrus paper


  • New characters emerge not seen in other Synoptic Gospels

    • Nicodemus

    • Lazarus

    • a man born blind

    • Samaritan woman

  • Jesus attends three Passover festivals, not one, and constantly visits Jerusalem to celebrate God

  • Jesus focuses on himself as God’s Revelation, one who shows all humans the way to the Father

  • other Gospels stress the Kingdom of God, while John does not


  • The Gospel of John uses literary devices to make Jesus’ teachings seem significant on a larger scale

    • irony

    • personification

    • plays on words

    • metaphors and implied comparisons

    • figurative language

  • Jesus teaches the virtue of humility, reminding us that God is the author of all good. It tempers ambition or pride and provides the foundation for turning to God in prayer.

John 1 the word of god
John 1: The Word of God

  • the first eighteen verses of John’s Gospel serve as a prologue to the Gospel

    • likely an early Christian hymn that the Evangelist adopted to serve as the introduction

  • institutes three main themes of the Gospel

    • Christology From Above

      • the study of Jesus Christ and trying to understand who he is

    • Major Conflicts

      • Light vs. Dark

    • Who Is Jesus?

  • Who is Jesus? What is his historic and spiritual significance?


  • John’s Gospel focuses heavily on Jesus’ heavenly origins, his fundamental identity as the Son of God, and his preexistence as the Word of God

    • Christ comes to us first from above, then reveals the Father to us and takes us to him

  • The Gospel of John unveils Jesus’ true identity

    • He is the Word of God who has existed forever

    • The Word of God is God himself

  • The word “Logos” means “the Word of God”

The book of signs
The Book of Signs

  • John uses twelve chapters to describe Jesus’ miracles

  • Some of Jesus’ miracles included

    • changing water into wine at the Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-12)

    • cure of the official’s son (John 4:46-54)

    • cure of the Paralytic at the Pool (John 5:1-47)

    • the feeding of the 5,000 and walking on water (John 6:1-24)

    • cure of the blind man in the Pool of Siloam (John 9:1-41)

    • the raising of the Lazarus (John 11:1-44)

  • in between each miracle Jesus is seen celebrating God’s kingdom with Canaanites and Christians at the Feasts of Tabernacles and Dedication

The book of glory
The Book of Glory

  • The final section of The Gospel of John portrays Jesus as a priest during the Last Supper Discourses and Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

  • The Last Supper

    • the sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice

    • Jesus asks for belief in him and tells his Disciples to expect another advocate of the Paraclete, or Holy Spirit

  • The Resurrection of Jesus

    • major revelation of God the Father

    • Jesus appears first to Mary Magdalene resurrected, and with the Glory of God re-appears to his Apostles

    • proves Jesus’ claims to be God’s Son, accomplishing salvation

Bible reading
Bible Reading