The Gospel According to St. John

Today's Bible reading: John 3:1-35

The last of the four Gospels - and the most unique among them - is the Gospel according to St. John.  The Bible often refers to the wings of an eagle.  It was considered to be the bird that can fly the highest.  The evangelist John is rightly compared to an eagle, for, as someone has written: “From first to last his Gospel soars on eagles’ wings to the very throne of heaven.”  By the power of the Holy Spirit he rose to the highest level of contemplation as he recorded the eternal Word.

Further, in his Gospel John stresses the divine nature of Christ in the most sublime terms.  He begins his account: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  He makes clear that he is speaking of Jesus Christ, for he goes on: “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us … full of grace and truth.”  John dwells on the exalted themes of our Lord’s teaching: that God so loved the world as to send His only Son … that He and the Father are one … that to know Him and the Father is to have eternal life … that He would send the Spirit of Truth.

John’s theme is: the revelation of the glory of God’s Son in word and deed   and his aim is quite clear: that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Prayer: Lead us, eternal God, to treasure the testimony to our blessed Lord Jesus Christ written by the Evangelists.  Help us to find the Gospel’s eternal truth and the way of salvation.  Speak Your living words to our hearts from each chapter and verse.  This we ask in the name of Your Son and Our Savior.  Amen.