Today, we begin our summer series, “The Gospel According to John.” John’s gospel is different from Matthew, Mark, and Luke in many ways. Matthew, Mark and Luke were all written between A.D. 50-61. John was written much later — between A.D. 80-90.
Matthew, Mark and Luke were written primarily to a Jewish audience. John was written to a Greek audience. Clearly John’s purpose was to reveal Jesus as the eternal, pre-existing Son of God who became a man for the purpose of dying on the cross to pay the ransom for our sins.
John makes it clear when he writes, “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But 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).
Sermon preached on May 6, 2018.