April 28

John 20:26-31

“But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.” vs. 31

John leaves no doubt about his intentions in writing his gospel. He wanted to convince people that Jesus of Nazareth was in fact the Messiah (in Greek, the Christ) who had been present in creation and who was the Light of the world. In order to hammer that point home, he crafts the stories and dialog of his gospel to leave no doubt that Jesus is the Christ. Again and again, the Jesus of John uses the phrase “I am” to describe who he is, e.g. I am the Good Shepherd, I am the Bread of Life, I am the Resurrection and the Life… Readers would readily make the connection with the great “I Am” story in Exodus 3. This Jesus was no mere mortal; he was one with the Father, and he was the Way and the Truth and the Life. This glimpse of Jesus as Christ provided by John has proved invaluable to the church through the centuries. It’s a resounding reminder that the historical Jesus was more than another itinerant Jewish rabbi with some healing abilities. In Jesus we meet the Universal Christ, the same Christ who directs our lives and who guides us into lives of service and love. He is the Lodestar for every true believer!

Thought for the Day: In what way is Jesus my model for living?

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