This summer, we’re focusing on the Gospel of John. I would invite you to read through it this month to get a sense for the themes and flow. John is one of the most eloquent books in the Bible. The other three Gospels are largely chronological and are focused on the events and teachings of Jesus. John, however, focuses mostly on a handful of themes. Pay special attention anytime you read “light” and “word” for instance. John writes to answer the question: who is Jesus? And he records seven (or eight depending on how you count) statements Jesus makes about himself that have the words, “I Am”. Each one reveals a different characteristic. Each gives us a clearer picture of who Jesus is.
But that’s not all! Jesus tells us that he shows us the Father and he does what the Father teaches him. John 1:12 tells us that “to all who did receive [Jesus], who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,” (ESV). As children of the Father, we become more like him the more time we abide in his word and allow him to teach us. Knowing the Father shows us who we are. And we can know the Father because Jesus shows us who he is. Follow along with us as we answer the questions: who is Jesus? and who are