The Gospel of John

Andrea Peraza, Alexandra Guzman, Rita Daniel, & Amanda Wylie

About the Author

  • The author of the Gospel of John is not named, though it is thought to be a Jewish Christian. The Gospel is named after the Apostle John, one of Jesus's Jewish followers.
  • John wrote to Jewish Christians whom he thought were getting too comfortable with the "human" Jesus, so he wrote this Gospel with an emphasis on Jesus's divinity.
  • The Gospel of John was the last of the four Gospels to be written circa 90-100 A.D.
  • Historians still debate whether the Synoptics or John is more historically accurate, but they lean towards the Synoptics because they are similar to each other and John is so radically different.

Christology

John depicts Jesus as more of a Divine image rather then a human image. He touches more on Jesus' divinity and his spiritual side. John goes in depth with Jesus' miracles and how his spirituality spoke louder to him then his human life. The Gospel of John is an example of high Christology.

The Wedding at Cana

MIRACLE AT CANA

The Model Disciple

  • An example of a model disciple in the Gospel of John is the "beloved disciple."
  • A model disciple in John is one who loves before all else and is always faithful to Jesus.
  • The beloved disciple leans on Jesus at the Last Supper and is at the foot of the cross with Jesus's mother at his crucifixion.
  • Being at the crucifixion, it indicates that he was not afraid of being arrested for being a known follower of Jesus.

About the Gospel

  • The animal depiction of John is an eagle.
  • Unique stories in John include the Wedding at Cana, The Washing of the Feet, and The Resurrection of Lazarus.
  • This Gospel includes the symbolic "I AM" statements. "I AM" dates back to Exodus in the Old Testament.

The Seven Signs

  • Used instead of miracles

  • Foreshadows the Risen Jesus

  • The signs include: Wedding at Cana changing the water into wine, healing of the official's son, feeding of five thousand, walking on water, restoration of sight to the blind man, raising Lazarus from the dead

  • Wine into water-that Jesus is the Blood (wine) of the New Covenant

  • Healing of the official's son- Jesus helps us in wholeness and health

  • Healing of the lame man to walk- Jesus has power over time, laws and rituals

  • Feeding of five thousand- Jesus satisfies our spiritual hunger

  • Walking on water- Jesus can help calm our fears and anxiety

  • Restoration of sight to the blind man- shows the divinity identity of Jesus

  • Raising Lazarus from the dead- shows that Jesus is the path to eternal life and foreshadows the death and Resurrection of Jesus
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Images Unique to John