Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so 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
John’s Gospel was the last written, it may have even been the last book to the New Testament written. Written around 90AD long after the other apostles had been martyred, John would have been the last eyewitness of the events in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Why write another account? Mark had written the first account around 60AD, maybe even earlier, and was really Peter’s account of events. Like Peter it is short and to the point. Then we have Matthew’s and Luke’s accounts which both were most likely written before 70AD although some scholars place them latter.
Matthew wrote to a Jewish audience as his frequent references to how Jesus fulfilled prophesy. Luke wrote to the Gentiles and incorporated a lot of historical information along with his account of Jesus’ life. Luke also did his best to place events in chronological order. Then thirty or forty years later John writes his account.
John tells us in today’s verses that he was writing so his readers would know that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God. During the end of the first century various people were starting to espouse their own views of Christianity that went against the Gospel message that Peter, Paul and the rest to the apostles had taught. The Gnostic movement was even trying to picture Jesus as not a man but pure spirit. They believed that flesh was evil and there was no way that Jesus could have taken on flesh so it must have been an illusion.
It was to counteract these false teachings that John wrote his Gospel account. So it is not surprising that by the 14th verse John tells us that “the Word became flesh.” This is after he makes sure we know that Jesus, the Word, was with God from the beginning. Then John spends much of his time relating to us the many miracles Jesus did. All to show us that Jesus was who He claimed, God incarnate.
Have a blessed day,