Scripture connections: Matthew 1-4, Mark 1, Luke 1-4
We begin the last of four gospels today as we read John 1-3. John is known as Jesus' "beloved" disciple. John's book is different than the other three gospels we've read so far because it is more about Jesus' reasons for coming to the world, His purpose for being here...both then and now. You will notice, John doesn't share the parables, and he only mentions a few miracles. I found a wonderful study guide for comparing the four gospels in more detail at ChristianShepherd.org if you are interested. John definitely has a way with words, and we come to understand the intimacy of God's deep loving relationship with Jesus and with us. It's comfort for the soul.
God's word comes to life in Jesus. John tells us,
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.