Updated: Apr 8, 2018
John20:31 says “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
John states very plainly that he wrote to prove that Jesus is the Christ, the promised Messiah (for the Jews), and the Son of God (for the Gentiles), and to lead believers into a life of fellowship with Him. The theme of John’s gospel is the deity of Jesus Christ, the “one and only Son of God”. This was indicated from the opening eighteen verses, the prologue, that although all things were made through Him, and in Him was life, yet He became flesh and dwelt among us. No man could see God;therefore, Christ came to declare Him. Unlike the synoptic Gospels, no genealogy is recorded here (as given by reflecting Matthew and Luke) ;and no Prayer account of His birth because He was “in the beginning”; nothing about His boyhood; nothing about His temptation. Jesus is here presented as Christ the Lord –He is called “the Word”, the Creator, the One and Only Son of God, the Lamb of God, the “I Am”, born to die as God’s sacrifice for human sin. As we read the book of John, we can look out for the witnesses, miracles and “I Am” declarations that affirms the deity of Jesus Christ. Let us also be encouraged by His answers for a life beyond (14:2-3) and the promise of the Holy Spirit (chapters 14-16). And let us be inspired to serve in love (chapter 20-21) as we prepare the way of the Lord in 2018.