Why I Love the Gospel of John
The Gospel of John is my favorite Gospel. It’s also one of the more controversial Gospels of the four, because it’s not a synoptic Gospel. This means it doesn’t cover exactly the same territory or have the same narrative structure of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. While those three books cover Jesus’ latter ministry, John covers a wider timeline and gives us the three-year span of Christ’s ministry. Some also question if it was even authored by John, but the Catholic and Orthodox churches affirm the traditional view that the author is St. John the Apostle.
The Gospel of John clearly has a different mission. Its style and arrangement are more directed towards Gentiles, with an emphasis on unpacking philosophical and theological ramifications for the incarnation of Jesus Christ, starting right off the bat with a dive into Greek philosophy. It’s intellectually rich, but also simple enough that a child could understand the significance of the events told.
In the early church, the four gospels were to be read by new Christians in succession, with John being the last one read around Passover (Pascha). It’s a book that highly emphasizes Jesus as the Christ and takes focus on the last year of His ministry, so for the newly baptized, it could be thought of as the crescendo to a beautiful theological orchestra.