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The Purpose of John’s Gospel Why did John write his gospel?John provided the answer to this question in John 20.30-31.The eight signs he recorded were to prove that Jesus was the Christ and that his readers might have life through Him. All signs are miracles but not all miracles are signs. His gospel was written to prove to Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.The signs had special significance in John’s gospel for national Israel: they proclaimed Who He was. The information he provided was that they might “believe that Jesus is the Christ; and that believing you might have life is His name.” What did this mean?Luke recorded Peter’s sermon: I urge the reader to read carefully Peter’s message. Peter accused his audience (all Jews) of murdering their Messiah and declared God had raised Him from the dead. No mention is made of the cross, his shed blood, or glorious resurrection in the gospels or early Acts.Let him ask the question, “What message was Peter conveying? Did Peter tell them Christ had died for their sins and rose from the dead? Peter declared: Peter presented Christ’s death, not as a victory, but as a matter of national repentance. Jews were saved during Jesus’ ministry and the ministry of the Twelve by believing in Christ as the Messiah and Son of God. No one is saved today by believing that Christ is Israel’s Messiah or that He is God.
In His conversation with the Pharisee Nicodemus Jesus told him that “whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” What did Jesus expect Nicodemus to believe? The first place we read about the significance of Jesus’ death for salvation is in Romans 3.
John the Baptist and the Twelve also proclaimed this kingdom message. The phrase “gospel of the kingdom” is found in the following passages: The synoptic gospels provide a much greater emphasis on Jesus’ kingship and kingdom than John.
But in John’s gospel, the King and His kingdom are practically absent. Except for two passages in John 3, the king and His kingdom are not mentioned (except for Jesus’ trial before Pilate, John 18.33-19.22). The most logical reason is John wanted to focus his message primarily on Christ’s deity, not on His kingship and kingdom.
Revelation points to new beginnings: the Millennial Kingdom and Eternity.
The Kingdom Program The synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), present Jesus as the King of the Jews who proclaimed the kingdom of God (Matthew 4.17, 9.35). See Appendix 114, The “Kingdom of Heaven” and the “Kingdom of God” from The Companion Bible.