John 20:30-31 (Introduction to the Gospel of John)


Today we are beginning a study here in the gospel of John –  TRACT { Tool -

Today Introduction: 3 themes:

Misconception about / Motive for writing / Method of the Writings !


Misconception : The gospel of John is for New believers

A)Now is True that Most Churches do recommend John – to New believers – Why is that ? Two reasons


1) Of all the gospels John’s was written to solidify our faith.

2) So they just keep reading right thru the NT


B) But John is anything but easy: John was a bit of a mystic – his writing style is sometimes in the abstract

1)He says something and you have to look at it 2 or 3 times to catch the full impact of what is being said. 


 I like what Alan Redpath says about this Book, he says that the Gospel of John is shallow enough for a child to wade in, and deep enough for an elephant to swim in.”


C) Interesting to note that John only uses about 600 words in his vocabulary.

1) Which is the Vocab of a seven or eight year old


D)They say that you can learn about 100 words per year those first few years.  Only 600 words

He is the simplest in regards to Vocabulary – but he is the most sublime in regards to truth.

A)The early Church Fathers considered John – not Paul the great theologian of their day – because of his ability to communicate truth


B)There is more theology in the Gospel of John then there is in any other Gospel.


D) Matthew, Mark and Luke are called the Synoptic gospels – The word synoptic means to see together.

1) The Synoptic gospels cover much of the same material from somewhat slightly different points of view depending upon their audience.


Matthew was written To Jews –Focus: Prove Jesus is “The Messiah” – Tells us what Jesus said!


B) Because it is written to the Jews Matthew Quotes from the OT more than any other Gospel. 99 times

1) Key word is fulfilled 34 times– fulfilled Prophecy.


C) Genealogy begins with Abraham – goes thru David proving that Jesus is from the right lineage to be Messiah


D) Matthew ends his gospel with the Rez proving that the King is Victorious



Mark was written to the  Romans – Portrays Jesus as “The Servant” –

A)The Suffering servant who came not to be served but to serve and to give Himself a ransom for many.


B) Tells us what Jesus did!


C) Key word: Immediately 82 times –

1) Most of the time in reference to the idea of Jesus responding to his father -


D) No Genealogy: Servants didn’t have …..

1) Ends: The Ascension – The servant who came and laid down his life was raised up in glory at the end!



Luke was written to the Gentiles.

A)Luke was sensitive to detail & chronology

 Portrays Jesus as “The Man  His Humanity.


B) Tells us what Jesus felt!


C) Key Phrase: “And it came to pass”  He is interested in the detail of the travels of Jesus

1) Where he went – what saw / what he did.


D) Genealogy: Adam – Because he is concerned about all of Mankind – the whole human family.


E) Ends: The Promise of the Holy Spirit.


John’s gospel is different: It takes us to Higher Ground

A)In fact 90% of the material in John’s Gospels is found no place else.


Aa)Consider a few things subjects unique to the gospel of John


B) John gives us a discourse of the Second Birth,

1) He gives us Jesus’ teaching on the Holy Spirit.


C)And you do get the real Lord’s Prayer in John 17. 1) You want to go deep, hang out in John 17 for a while.


D) If you are interested in the Doctrine of the Trinity, you will hear more about the Trinity in John’s Gospel then anyplace else.


E)  Those are just a few of the subjects that are unique to John’s gospel.


John Writes topically not chronologically.

A) John writes to the Church – to believers:


B) Interesting that Matthew, Mark and Luke all warn a group of people about end times events –

1) About the Tribulation time.


C) But there are no such warnings in John – No need since he is writing to the Church

1) John just gives a promise about Heaven

John 14:1-3

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  2 In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 


C) That is John’s Story of the end times for the Church.


John portrays Jesus as “Divine”

A) He Tells us who Jesus is!


B)John Portrays Jesus as none other than God in Human flesh !


C)Key Phrase: Most assuredly I say to you –

1) Focus on the Declarations that Jesus made


D) Genealogy: In the beginning – Takes us back before Genesis – Focus on the Deity of Christ


E) Ends: The Promise of the return of Jesus. 


We conclude from all of that: that John’s Gospel is entirely UNIQUE – Rich / Depth to it!

A) Our approach to this gospel needs to be one of Reverence and AWE!


Now lets consider John’s Motive for writing this gospel. 2 Fold

John 20:30-31  And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.


John relates to signs – not just miracles – because a sign is linked to something

A)A sign communicates something proves something.


B)John says there are many signs which are not written or recorded –

1)But the ones that I am pointing to have been recorded for 2 Reasons miracles that relate to something.


Reason #1 that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

A)John is one of the last books written in the NT and it was written for one reason and that was to answer the Question, who is Jesus of Nazareth.


B) That was the question on the minds of many:

1)Was Jesus a Prophet – The Prophet – Great teacher or was He the Messiah


C) Some were claiming that Jesus was a man that had become divine,

1) still others were teaching that Jesus wasn’t a man at all, but a spirit that came to teach us about God.

It was no different then it is in our world today.

A)So much interest in Jesus, and yet so many different ideas about who He is.


B) Movies made, Books written, Magazine articles and TV Programs, all trying to answer that question. 


C) Have you ever wondered why Jesus won’t just go away?

1)Think of all of the people that have captivated our imaginations in our life – basically forgotten.


D) We don’t give them a second thought.


But then you have Jesus, a country Jew, born in a town on the wrong side of the tracks called Nazareth. A)Who lived out his life in a backwater bay called Galilee with only an occasional trip to the big city


B)Here was a man that never left his country, never wrote a book, didn’t come up some great invention,

1)He died a criminals death, who His disciples claimed was raised from the dead.


C)And yet this man has had more books written about Him, and has inspired more music, more works of Art, and to this day,


D) He continues to impact more countries then any person that has ever lived.


See at the heart of Christianity is not a philosophy, or a teaching, or a set of principals that will lead you to God.

A)The heart of Christianity is a Person, Jesus



B) At the heart of the Worlds Great Religions you will find philosophies and teachings and spiritual principals, all designed to help you get to God.


C) At the heart of Christianity is a marvelous, beautiful, remarkable, astonishing, person, Jesus Christ.


Now don’t get me wrong here, the teaching of Jesus is amazing, no man ever spoke like Him.

A)His teaching are as powerful today as ever.


B)And the principals of the Kingdom that He laid down on the Sermon on the Mount, incredible, they have stood the test of time and become the cornerstone for the civilized world.


C)The Laws that Jesus promoted are used in courts of Law around the world every day.

1)But behind all that stands a Person who was able to say, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no ones come to the Father,   but by Me.”


D)And  John wants,  to make sure that we don’t miss this Person, that we see Him for who He really is.

So John clearly answers the question Who is Jesus.

A)Why is that so important ? Who JESUS is makes all the difference in the World –


B) See if He is God in Human flesh – then that means that we must deal with His claims –

1)  we must consider His Resurrection and the reality that – We are going to stand before Him one day.


C) Central Question:What did I do with Jesus


D) But if He is not God in Human flesh – then I can do what I want to.

1) Part of the reason why every Cult Known today denies the Deity of Christ – He is God !


So John’s #1  focus is to point out to us over and over again from different angles –

A)This man is indeed – God. God came to this earth to visit man in the man Christ Jesus.


B) But there is another reason. John also writes because Reason #2 and that believing you may have life in His name.


C)John wants his readers to experience is Life. Real life, abundant life. 

1) Jesus said Jn 10 I have come that you might experience Abundant life – Truly Living.


D) The gospel of John is not just a book about Doctrine – but the purpose of that Doctrine is to impart life to the hearers –


E)The Greek word translated “believing” speaks of a continual action.

1) Therefore, John is saying the more we believe, the more life we will experience.


And who better to show us this person then John.

He wrote in His epistle. 1 John 1:1-4

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life —  2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us —  3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.


John was part of a group of people who had walked with the Lord / followed Him / touched Him

A)Paul writing to the Corinthians in Ch.15 declared that there were over 500 people who saw Jesus after his Rez


B) And that many of that 500 were still alive to testify of what they saw

1) John was a part of that Multitude – Still alive.

C) John was part of a smaller group – 120 who had gathered together in an upper room on Pentecost

1)When the HS fell like cloven tongues of fire – Peter Preached that day 3,000 souls added to the Church


2) John was there part of the 120


He was part of an even smaller group – the 70 that were sent out by Jesus – Given authority – Exsusia

A)Royal Authority to cast out Demons and to heal those who were sick.


B) John went out as a part of that group.


C) John was a part of the smaller group the 12

1)Jesus prayed all night before choosing his 12 closest companions – John was in that group.


D) John was a part of the 4 – Peter Andrew James and John – who came to Jesus asking the question


What will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age?


John is a part of the 3 – Peter / James – John made up an inner circle.

A)Those three were taken into the house of Jairus who’s daughter had died


B) They were there when Jesus touched the girl and said – Talitha Cumi – little lamb arise.

1)Little girl who was dead brought back to life{He there

C) He was there with the three when Jesus took them to MT Herman – Transfigured – aspect of Glory

1)John was there – to see that and to hear the voice of the Father –This is my beloved son – listen to Him.


D) He was there with the three in the Garden of Gethsemane – to watch and pray with Jesus – during his darkest hour before the cross.


He was a part of the three – but now He is a part of a very exclusive group – THE ONE.

A)Peter has been martyred – all the other apostles have been martyred


B) Paul the apostle has been beheaded.


C) John alone is left – Probably about 90 yrs old when he writes this.

1) The Last Disciple – the Last living apostle.


The Roman Emperor Domitian ordered John to be boiled in a caldron of oil

A)But John didn’t boil – probably because He WAS A FRIAR


B) Because He didn’t boil – this freaked out the Romans – so they banished him to Patmos

1) There He was inspired to write the Revelation


C) After that he was taken back to Ephesus – Where he is the ruling Elder of Asia

It is interesting to note that Jesus called Peter he was casting his nets – Peter would become a great fisher of men – Evangelist

A)But when Jesus called John – John was mending his nets – John would be a great Mender


B) Writings – Exhorting the Church to love one another


C) In fact after Patmos – John was taken from Church to Church – help him in because of his age

1) Crowds gave him – standing ovation- last living apostle – Close to Jesus – head on his Chest


D) John the first to follow  - last to die – the only disciple present at the foot of the Cross

1) People would applaud – in admiration for this man – Simple message: little Children Love ……


But now the HS is impressing upon John’s heart to pen this gospel { Church now in the 3rd Generation

A)Part of it was to combat the false teachings about Jesus that were creeping into the church


B) Part of it to prompt the Believers – Don’t forget to Live – Jesus was given so you could have Life


C)John knew of that Life – He was living it.

1) He wanted to make sure that for no reason did we miss out on it.

John Came from a wealthy family: His dad owned a fishing Business that John was to inherit

A)But one day when John was mending his nets – Jesus came along and said Follow me


B) All John had to do was to let go- His heart is filled with wondrous things –

1) He experiences life / He experiences

Joy unspeakable and full of Glory


C) There is a fullness that marks his life – John writes to say – I want you to experience that as well


D) He never became rich in material things – but He was plenty wealthy in Spiritual things


E) John serves as an example to us – of how to live for that higher calling. –

1) Living not for this world – but for the next.


So that is John’s Motive – Believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that believing – experience Life.


Lastly / quickly His method. John’s METHOD is one of Selection: Selective  

A)John tells us here in v.30 that he is not telling of the whole story of Jesus –


B)In fact he says we couldn’t if we tried John 21:25


And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.


John focuses on 3 groups of Seven:

A)Seven Signs: Seven Miracles: Five that are only recorded in John’s gospel.


B) These miracles are signs – and John builds a teaching around each one of them.

1) Seven signs are part of the evidence that Jesus is who He claimed to be!


There are Seven Witnesses:

A) Seven people that John calls on to bear witness as to who Jesus is.


B) Seven people who make profound statements concerning the Deity of Christ


Then there are the Seven I AM Statements

A)When God was sending Moses- Who should I tell them has sent me -


B)“What is Your name?” Moses asked God (Exodus 3:13).

1) “I AM THAT I AM,” answered the Lord.


C) Moses must have scratched his head and thought, You are… what?

Jesus came on the scene, echoing that same declaration of deity,  I Am !

A)Here in John’s gospel – Jesus makes 7 powerful declarations of Deity – The I AM –


B) Moses I AM whatever you need. What Ever Man needs – Found in me.


C) Jesus gives some examples – How He meets the greatest needs in the heart of man as the I AM !


I AM the Bread of Life. { Substanance


I am the Light of the World. { Direction out of darkness


I AM the Door.{ Entry way into the Kingdom


I AM the Good Shepherd. { Care/ guidance/ Protection


I AM the Resurrection and the Life. { Hope of Glory


I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.{ Absolute


I AM the Vine.{ The way to live – bear fruit – staying connected to me !


Now If those statements are not true then Jesus is at the very least a confused lunatic

A)or he is a deceiving conniving liar who should be hated and discarded by humanity and history.


B) But if they are true than we must all come to grips personally with the reality of who Jesus is and where we stand with Him today.

Closing: One last reason why it is good for us to study the gospel of John

A)In 2 Corinthians 3:18  the apostle Paul gives us a most important understanding when he writes: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord”


B)In other words, Paul contends we become like Jesus when we spend time looking at Jesus.


C) Similarly, the words of the apostle John from his first epistle, “when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is”


D) Those words have application not only eternally but presently—for when we truly see the Lord, we cannot help but become like Him.