We often refer to John as the “Disciple whom Jesus loved” or the “Beloved Disciple.” He was also one of the three elders of the early church and one of the pillars of the Christian faith.

However, is his message still relevant to us today? What can we stand to gain from his writings in our modern world?

Here are five reasons why you should read John’s Gospel today!

A Literary Masterpiece

With his use of poetic and evocative language, John portrays the humanity of Christ to his readers. He shows us the love (John 13:34-35), anger (John 2: 15-17), and compassion of Jesus (John 11:32-35).

Additionally, while he does not use parables, he uses rich symbolism throughout. For instance, John refers to Jesus ‘as the true vine’ (John 15:1) and ‘the bread of life’ (John 10:11).

A Message for the Curious

John’s Gospel shows us that it isn’t always easy to believe. Many who came to Jesus were filled with doubt and uncertainty, but were curious. We see this when Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night, the Samaritan woman questions Jesus at the well, Thomas doubts the resurrection, and in many other instances. Yet, in every single instance, Jesus cleared all their doubts.

Therefore, John invites us to experience Jesus for ourselves and come to our own conclusions. He presents his Gospel to the curious mind.

Purpose-driven message

John tells us the purpose of this Gospel near the end of the book. He did not intend this book to be an all-encompassing account of the life of Jesus, but to help the reader believe in Jesus (John 20:30,31). This clear purpose is evident throughout the book and gives us a deeper understanding of Jesus and His mission.

Unique Narrative

John’s Gospel contains a significant number of miracles, conversations, and events that are unique to it. This makes it a valuable addition and complements the other Gospels well.

John also emphasises the divinity of Jesus and His unique relationship with the Father. Furthermore, He focuses on Jesus as the Saviour of the world and urges us to believe in Him.

Gospel for the world

Matthew, Mark, and Luke wrote to Jewish, Roman, and Greek audiences respectively. However, John wrote to a global audience. We see this when Jesus is called ‘the Saviour of the world’ (John 4:42), and ‘the light of the world’ (John 8:12).

Additionally, John makes a very distinct reference to Jesus’ global mission in John 10:16, “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”

In Conclusion

The Gospel of John offers a simple message through a captivating text. John’s skilful writing is very engaging and captivating. However, he deals with important issues of faith and love that are very relevant in our modern inquisitive world.

May this encourage you to read the Gospel of John today!