We have started a new series at Ngaire Ave that will take up much of this year and into the next - a series on the Gospel of John. John, the disciple of Jesus wrote some 20-30 years after the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke were written. He writes not just solely to provide yet another biography of the life of Jesus; listing the actions and events of Jesus, but rather in selecting from out of a vast arrangement of material, John seeks to paint a portrait in words, of Jesus, to show us what Jesus was like. His purpose for writing his Gospel is stated in John 20:31.
"But these things 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 20:31)
John's overall emphasis is on "believing". His selection of material and descriptive insights were made with the prime objective to persuade people to believe in order that they may have life in Jesus' name. Thus the reason why even today, the Gospel of John is a good book to recommend to people who want to know more about Jesus in a personal way.
Have you read John lately?