If I had to pick my favorite gospel, it would be the Gospel of John. It is beautifully written. It is poetic and mystical, particularly its prologue: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:1-5, NIV)
I also like it, because John specifically states the purpose of his gospel. “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30-31) The Greek word for belief is used almost one hundred times in John’s gospel.
I also like it because it presents Jesus as both divine and human. Referring to the prologue again, Jesus is identified as the Word, who was with God, who was God, and who was made flesh.
And I like the “I am” statements, none of which are found in the first three synoptic gospels. Jesus’s divine nature is portrayed using mostly human imagery. If one is connected with the Spirit when these statements are read, they can send chills down the spine.
“I am the bread of life.” (John 6: 35, 48)
“I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12, 9:5)
“I am the gate [to salvation].” (John 10:9)
“I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11)
“I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25)
“I am the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)
“I am the true vine.” (John 15:1)
In John’s gospel, Jesus is God come to earth.