He was in the beginning with God … What came to be through him was life, and his life was the light of the human race …

Jn 1:2, 3, 4

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Jesus in the Gospel of John is quite different from the Jesus laid out in the other Gospels.  He is in the Gospel of John the personification of God’s divine wisdom, God made flesh, God incarnate. More than a healer or teacher.  He reveals to us truths about God’s being and His purpose.

Despite his crucifixion, he remains with us in the form of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus, as the above passage shows, shows us our light amid the darkness of the world, shows us what a human is intended to be, to be as God intended.

In the Holy Spirit we are introduced to the life of the Spirit, the ultimate identity we bare as spiritual beings – not merely human beings.  The Trinity, of course, matters very, very much.

If you doubt the significance of knowing that we are spiritual beings not human beings, you need only think of the present day world and how its humanism and its reason fails us.  Fails to distinguish the selling of the organs of aborted infants as an implicit evil.  Or how rampant violence is, and how democratic government (without God) has become corrupt and coercive, and the culture become a pagan enterprise, full of hedonism, and self-annilation.  Or how families have been assaulted, even dismembered by faithless judges – men and women without wisdom and belief.

Importantly, the Jesus of John’s Gospel does not caste out demons, but overcomes Evil through his witness to Truth, God’s Truth and God’s Wisdom.

Think about this.  Do you know this Jesus?  Are you guided by this Jesus?  Are you guided by this Jesus in a time of Evil – when humanism has shown itself so destructive?

In John’s Jesus believers have life now and how we live here and now is our challenge, our eternal destiny determined.  (Jn 5:21-26, 11:25-27)

Finally, as to John’s Jesus – a word about Islam.  Perhaps those who claim to be our leaders might be reminded that Islam means “submission” and its history is one of violent expansion and forced conversion.  Were it not for the victory at Battle of Tours in 732, some 100 miles from Paris, Islamic armies may well have conquered Europe.

Islam, let us note, does not see Jesus as the Son of God.  Moslems believe that there is, as the Old Testament says, but one God – in their case Allah and, hence, the Trinity is to be denied and, in conquered lands, excised – indeed Christians are unwelcome, displaced, tortured and killed today in Islamic territories.

Our time is a time of cultural conflict with a deeply religious base.  Ignore Christ and suffer the consequences.

How well do you know Jesus of the Gospel of John?

Shalom.

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