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John: Jesus the Son of God (4 of 32)
Through the Bible Survey
Dr. Stan Coffey
INTRODUCTION: While Matthew presented Jesus to the Jews as King and Mark presented Jesus to the busy Romans as Servant and Luke wrote his gospel for the Greeks and introduced to them Jesus as the Sympathetic Son of Man, John, the beloved disciple, wrote a book for both Jews and Gentiles presenting Jesus as the Son of God. We know that John had Gentiles in mind- as well as Jews because he often ‘‘interpreted’’ Jewish words of customs for- his-readers (John 1:38, 41-42; John 5:2; 9:7; 19:13, 17; 20:16).
THEMES IN JOHN: John’s purpose was to present Jesus as God. He gives no genealogy of Jesus but takes us straight up to the throne and back to the beginning (John 1:1). While the synoptic gospels place great emphasis on Christs’ ministry in Galilee, John concentrates on Jerusalem and Judea, therefore the Lord’s visits to the Jewish feasts are given special prominence (2:13-23; 5:1; 6:4; 7:10; 10:22; 11:55).
It is from John’s gospel that we can determine the length of the Lord’s public ministry was about 3 1/2 years. John’s emphasis to the Jews was that Jesus not only fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies but He has also fulfilled in the types Jesus is the Lamb of God (John 1:29) and the ladder from Heaven to earth (John 1 :51)(Genesis 28). He is the new temple (John 2:19-21), and He gives a new birth (John 3:4). He is the serpent that Moses lifted up in the wilderness (John 3:14) and the bread of God that came down from Heaven (John 6:35). Whereas the first three gospels major on describing events in the life of Christ, John emphasizes the meaning of these events.
KEY VERSE: John 20:31, ‘‘But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. ‘‘ John recorded seven names and titles of Jesus that identify him as Eternal God (The Word - J ...
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