The Gospel of John is unique among the four gospel accounts that mark the beginning of the New Testament. Unlike the “Synoptic Gospels” (a name we give to Matthew, Mark, and Luke because of how much of their content “syncs up” with each other), it appears that in the time between those account and John writing his own, the apostle had taken a little more time to consider some of the deeper ramifications of who exactly this Jesus guy was (and is).
Now, that’s not to take anything away from the first three gospel accounts; I simply mean that John takes things in a different direction; drawing upon a lot more metaphors, extending particular scenes, and recording statements Jesus made and interactions he had that express overarching themes of his dual nature. No place is this type of writing on better display than in the Prologue, which is what we call the first eighteen verses of John’s Gospel.
On this episode of The DBC Podcast, I accomplished the extraordinary by assembling “The Trifecta,” which is the trumped up name I’ve given to the gathering of myself, Jeff Reams (DBC’s Minister of Mission and host of the Mission Life Podcast) and Mark Paul (DBC’s Minister with Students and, if we’re lucky, inspiring podcaster). Never before have the three of us sat down to podcast together, despite the fact that we’ve all been on multiple episodes before.
Our conversation focused on the depth of John’s statements in the first chapter of his gospel account, particularly on what it means to refer to Jesus as the “Word,” and “light,” and as one who shows us grace out of his “fullness.” We also talked at length about the concept of being a “witness” to the light – that is, helping people understand that the story of Jesus holds quite a bit of significance, and the way it has shaped and influenced our culture is not something that should be dismissed or ignored.
This is actually the first in a series of conversations on this podcast regarding the significance of “the Jesus story.” In conjunction with DBC’s Sunday sermon series, Only Jesus, we will continue to speak at length each week on the impact of this guy named Jesus. And we want you to be a part of this conversation, too.
I’d like to share some of the thoughts and questions from our listeners on future episodes, so make sure you let us know what’s on your mind by recording it in the comments section below. I look forward to connecting with you as we ponder just how meaningful and perhaps life-changing the story and figure of Jesus truly is.
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