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HOW IS JOHN DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER GOSPELS?

NOV 9

John 4:41-42

Memorise Isaiah 9:6

“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him… ”

HOW IS JOHN DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER GOSPELS?

The Apostle John stated his purpose for writing his gospel in John 20:30- 31. Jesus proved His own divinity by the numerous miracles that He had performed. His purpose was that, through the revelation of His own identity as the Redeemer God Himself in His Word, all would come to know Him and be saved. As such, we would notice that the emphasis of the Gospel of John is more theological in nature, as contrasted to the Synoptic Gospels which are more a narrative log of the events and teachings of the life of Christ.

John begins his gospel by identifying and describing Jesus as the Creator and the Son of God even before He became man (John 1:1-14). Jesus’ deity is also emphasized by the references to Him as not only the Son of God but also the Saviour of the world (John 4:42). The seven “I am” statements by Jesus are meant to tell us that He is the Jehovah in the O.T. There is also much theology on the Person of Christ and the meaning of faith in John’s Gospel. This is different from the Synoptic Gospels which begin with Jesus’ birth and earthly ministry, and though there is mention of the Person of Christ and His deity, none of them place as much emphasis on these as John’s Gospel. Furthermore, John’s Gospel is written in a more “reflective” style, describing events as a person who recorded those events sometime after they had occurred in a topical manner. Thus, Christ’s words are not always recorded in a chronological manner in John’s Gospel. This is in contrast with the Synoptic Gospels which were written as if the authors were recording the events as they were happening. Hence, Christ’s words are recorded in a chronological fashion in the 3 synoptic Gospels whereas John is “thematic” and theological in nature.

Some scholars had intended to exclude John’s Gospel because it seemed so “different” from the other ones. We are to remember that ultimately, we do not have the authority or wisdom to decide on the content of God’s Word, and even much less, to change it in any way. Ultimately, it is God Himself through the Holy Spirit who identifies and preserves His perfect Word for us.

Thought: The next time I read any of the gospels, I should be able to discern the different emphasis that each gospel has with regards to the life of Christ.
Prayer: How wonderful is Your Word, O Lord, which has revealed different aspects of Jesus to us in all the Gospels.