John wrote “these things have been written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, you may have life in His name”. (John 20:31) NASB
John wrote to encourage God’s people about who Jesus was and what His mission was on earth. He wanted to compel them to believe and therefore have life everlasting in relationship with God.
Here are some of the key parts to John’s book:
John describes how Jesus encouraged unbelievers like the disciples, Nicodemus, a Samaritan woman, and a Gentile (non-Jew) official to believe.
John writes about how Jesus confronted the people’s confusion about the Old Testament law. John taught them that Jesus was the fulfillment of all the law and true life came not from keeping the law but believing in Jesus.
John also writes about Jesus’ prediction of His own death and resurrection and the fulfillment of this prophecy.
Finally John writes about “Doubting Thomas” who even after all this couldn’t believe until he could talk to and touch the resurrected Jesus.
John writes to encourage all of us, like Thomas, who in the face of all this evidence have been asked to believe and find real life.
Key New Testament Kid’s Application:
- Tell your kids the story of “Doubting Thomas” (John 20:26-31) and ask them how they would have responded after Jesus’ death and resurrection? Ask if they believe in Jesus and why or why not.
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