Sep 2017 Issue

  • Searching for Jesus: The Gospel of John

Who is Jesus? The Gospel of John, written by “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (21:20), gives us the answer. John presents Jesus as the eternal Word, the divine Son of God, the Lamb of God, the Messiah, the King of Israel. He is the Savior of the world, Lord and God.

As we study the Gospel of John this month, we’ll see that Jesus inspired a wide range of responses and emotions in people. One anecdote in John 12 stands out: a group of nameless people, described as “some Greeks,” actively sought Him. They came to the apostle Philip with a request: “We would like to see Jesus” (v. 21). A few people left everything to follow Him when He called; some hated Him; others were interested at first but then found His teaching too hard and left. Throughout the Gospel, we see that different people had different ideas of who Jesus is.

How do we answer this question today? The answer changes everything—it’s a matter of life or death, freedom with God or captivity to sin, light or darkness. We hope this month’s study will give you a deeper understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to have faith in Him. We pray you will continue to study His Word diligently and, like the Greeks, seek Him with perseverance and hope.

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Executive Editor: Bruce Everhart; Managing Editor: Heather Moffitt; Senior Editor: Elena Mafter; Contributing Editors: Jamie Janosz, John Koessler; Writer: Jamie Janosz; Art Director: Lynn Gabalec; Graphic Designers: Larry Bohlin, Rachel Hutcheson; Business Manager: Paul B. Currie; Marketing Manager: Claire Kniowski