Jesus is the Word and with the Word, meaning He is God's tabernacle in our midst, the one true God of Israel in human form.
Signs & Miracles
Jesus performs signs and miracles that show He is God, introduce others to new life and demonstrate God's love but draws criticism from many leaders.
Jesus raises Lazarus. Then he demonstrates His love for others when He rides into Jerusalem as Israel's king even though leaders conspire to murder Him.
Before His death, Jesus demonstrates God's true nature of selfless love and asks the disciples to perform radical acts of service as they love others selflessly.
Jesus commissions His disciples to tell others that He is the Messiah and God's Son. Their success will be greatest when they listen and obey.
Not only is Jesus the Messiah, but He's also the Son of God who gives eternal life to everyone who believes on His name. We see this reality through the signs and miracles He performs, and seven times He answers "I Am" when people question His identity.
He also uses His time on earth to introduce people to the new birth. By believing that He is the Messiah and God's son, they have eternal life and freedom from sin and are empowered to perform radical acts of kindness, generosity and selfless love as they listen to His voice and obey Him.
John: The Gospel of the Eternal Son Who Reveals the FatherMark Strauss
This week, guest writer Mark L. Strauss, scholar and professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary San Diego and author of "Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels," provides us an amazing essay on the Gospel of John, the third installment of four....