The Purpose of John’s Gospel


“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:30-31

The Apostle John wrote his gospel so that we may believe that Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God as referenced in the verse of above.  John lists testimony from himself, John the Baptist, and Jesus himself to demonstrate who Jesus was.  Here is a brief overview below of what each has to say:

Testimony About Jesus

“This is the disciple [John] who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.” John 21:24

John opens his gospel with the first verse of chapter one declaring that Jesus existed from before the beginning, was with God, and was in fact God.  He goes further in the next few verses by saying that everything that has been made has been made by Jesus.  John also emphasizes that Jesus was fully man as well.  In verse 14, he writes that Jesus became flesh and lived among us.

John the Baptist’s Testimony About Jesus

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36

Later in chapter one, we see John the Baptist declaring Jesus to be the “Lamb of God.”  This would have registered with the Jews at the time because of the sacrificial system that had been set up at the time of Moses.  John the Baptist also said that he saw the Holy Spirit descend and remain on Jesus and then goes on to declare that Jesus is the Son of God in John 1:34.  Another clear declaration by John the Baptist is in John 3:36 (above).

Jesus Testimony About Himself

“I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

John is the only gospel that contains the “I AM” statements of Jesus.

  • I am He (John 4:26)
  • I am the Bread of Life (John 6:35)
  • I am the Light of the World (John 8:12)
  • I am (John 8:58)
  • I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11)
  • I am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25)
  • I am the way (John 14:6)
  • I am the vine (John 15:5)

All of these statements above are Jesus’ testimony to who he is.  There are also many verses that declare that Jesus came to die for the sins of the world.

John also explains how much God loves each and every one of us (John 3:16).  He reveals that God would rather die a death on a cruel cross for us than to leave us in our sin.

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About ercramer36

I am married with two wonderful kids. I am a Christian and am very grateful for everything that God has done for me. I am an accountant by trade and have many other interests including sports, writing, politics, and traveling to name a few. My wife and I have run our own custom invitation business.
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