Unlimited: Receive Jesus
Apr 13, 2020 757
As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name (John 1:12, NKJV.)
John’s Gospel is the deepest, most beautiful, most wonderful book in the Bible.
John presents Jesus as God (John 1:1,3,10,14,18). John’s Gospel is also the Gospel that calls for a decision.
Matthew, Mark, and Luke are what are called the synoptic Gospels. “Synoptic” is a technical word meaning “to see the same way,” or “seen together.” Matthew, Mark, and Luke emphasize the human aspect of Christ and focus on what he did.
John’s Gospel emphasises the divine aspect of Christ and focuses on who he is, and what he is. John lingers more on Jesus’ words than his deeds, more on Jesus’ inner nature than his outer actions. John’s Gospel is the Gospel of the divinity of Christ.
But John’s Gospel is not some abstract, theological book, because it asks us an intensely practical question with eternal consequences. It calls for our decision. In effect, John’s Gospel says,
“In Matthew, you’ve seen Jesus as King. He has the right to command us. Our lives are in his hands. In Mark, you’ve seen Jesus as Servant. We are to serve him with like compassion. In Luke, you’ve seen the human Jesus saying, “Love’s activity grows out of love’s contemplation.”
“Now,” says John. “Do you receive this Man?”
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: I love the Gospel of John. It’s my favourite book in the Bible. What’s your favourite verse from the Gospel of John? Share it with your friends, through social media or through some other way.