CBS – John 1-4

Recorded March 27th 2012.

After reading Paul’s letters for several months we get a radical change of style with the Gospel of John, and later the Letters of John and the Book of Revelation, counted among the Johannine writings.

Notable features of the first four chapters include:

  • The Prologue, identifying Jesus with The Word, the Logos, the creative power of God.
  • The appeal to John the Baptist, as a witness to Jesus
  • The Gospel is presented almost as a ‘courtroom drama’ with witnesses for and against Jesus, testifying to his true identity as the Divine Son of God.
  • The episode of the Wedding at Cana, with Jesus changing the water into wine.
  • The Cleansing of the Temple, placed at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in John, but at the end in the Synoptic Gospels.
  • The famous John 3:16, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish, but might have eternal life.”
  • The Samaritan Woman at the Well – a Gospel which is used in the First Scrutiny, celebrated with the Elect on the 3rd Sunday of Lent, preparing them for the life-giving waters of Baptism at Easter.
  • The introduction of ‘the Beloved Disciple’ and ‘the mother of Jesus’ who are both portrayed as the ideal disciples, who knew who Jesus really was, and who bear witness to him and are always faithful to him.

Note the structure of the ‘Book of Signs’, various incidents in which Jesus preforms a ‘Sign’ which bears witness to who he is. The first Sign is changing the water into wine at the Weeding Feast, indicating that the new Covenant that Jesus brings is superior to the old Covenant. The second Sign is curing the son of the royal official, John 4:46-54.

CBS – John 1-4

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