GOSPEL OF JOHN AND MISSION
“Christianity Begins with the starling statement that the center of human reality is love” the central issue here is what love is, how the gospel of John brings to the Johnnie community? And how do we understand the Word “Love” and its reality. Obviously John portrays love as synonymous to Jesus the Son of God
Before making some discussions on the gospel we believed to be written by the disciple who loved by Jesus (John 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7) it is good to see the purpose of this gospel. The purpose of the gospel of John seems summarized in two verses “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, who are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30-31, NIV).
John’s Gospel is unspeakably mission oriented. John the Baptist come out and go to the community and tell them what it means to get rid off their sin, enjoy freedom, and being justified. John the Baptist did not present the one to come (the Son) as a humble and ordinary human rather he presents him as powerful, mighty (John 1:27). But later in John Chapter 13 we see a humble and feet washer Son of God. Does Jesus came as a mighty and powerful who human being is even unworthy to untie His sandals straps (John 1: 27 NIV) or humble feet washer and fish cooker (John 13 and 21:7), came to create incredible relationship with humanity? How do we see both John the Baptist and Jesus mission to community, how much the humanity (becoming flesh) favor the mutuality between the messiah and human being. There no time when Jesus’ Divinity overshadow his humanity. Our justification is based on the fleshiness of Jesus rather than freedom of God, if this is grounded in freedom due to something else rather than the divine that became flesh to suffer for us, it is a narcissistic approach.
The main aim of John from the beginning of his gospel seems to reveal the Word that has exists before the creation is to come to us in the form of Jesus of Nazareth. John the Baptist came to them and empower them (the one who is to come after me will anoint with fire) and make the way of justification through believing in him. It really important to look at how John presented Jesus in his gospel, despite John displayed Jesus as the Word that was with God and even God himself, in the first Chapter of his gospel he said “the Word became flesh” what do we learn from this phrase? The phrase “Word became flesh” is not easy to understand. The word “Became” could indicate complete changing of something to another form without having the option to assume its first shape, power or identity. For example if we burn paper it will become an ash never be a paper again. Word is the divine entity that was with God and even God himself, existing before creation. The word “became” even can violent the continual existence of the divinity...