In the introduction to The Gospel of John series, Pastor Boyd laid out some of the information about the book and covered some of the book’s history and purpose. When reading the Bible, it’s important to read with both its author and original audience in mind, as often this will inform the way in which we interpret and understand its assertions and commands.
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. - John 20:30-31
John’s book has one of the broadest audiences of the gospels. Many references that were targeted toward Jewish readers were left out in favor of a more general portrayal of Jesus as the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:16). He also places a lot of emphasis on being the people of God.
The structure of the book also serves the purpose of an apologetical argument for Jesus’ godhood and saviorship. The book reads as if someone said to John, “Jesus is God’s son? Prove it.” This goes in line with one of the major things he emphasized: evangelism.
So what are a few of the things we can take away from this?
First, Jesus is the Savior of everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from. This is the good news of the gospel, that God sent his Son to die for us.
Second, that God is trustworthy and his word is true. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are eternal, and it is he who laid the foundation of the earth.
Finally, that we have been sent out to share with the world the reason for the hope that we have. Through his sacrifice, Jesus made a way for us to be a part of the greatest work in history.