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The Book of John

Understood by most spiritual authorities as a comprehensive portrait on the identity of Jesus, the Book of John gives us a glorious representation of the character and godhood of Jesus Christ.

The scriptural epitome of who God is, why He offers the perfect gift of salvation, and what the work of Jesus on the Cross means for humanity, it’s no wonder one of the most universally-known verses can be found in John — Martin Luther famously calling John 3:16 “the Bible in miniature”, while Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones adds that it “is a synopsis of theology” in his sermon on John 3:16 titled God So Loved….

Looking to understand one of the most beloved books of the Bible? Here is a brief synopsis on this unique and reflective fourth Gospel.

What is the Book of John About?

As clearly stated by John himself, the purpose of this fourth Gospel is that “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 20:31).

A firsthand account of Jesus’ ministry from AD 29-33, whereas the other Gospels recount the overarching story of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, John chooses to focus less on the actions of Jesus than on what those actions say about Him — giving a rare glimpse into the words, miracles, and character of Christ not included in other Gospels.

From the very first line, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1), John confirms Christ’s eternal Godhood; further cementing this truth when he writes “And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Going on to include seven “I am” statements from Jesus, John invites the reader to recognize Christ for who He is: the Son of God, the Messiah, and Godhead Three in One — all of Jesus’ actions therefore a perfect representation of the character and heart of God Himself.

As such, the detailed transcribings of long, uninterrupted sections of dialogue and sermons delivered from Jesus throughout His ministry, as recorded in the Book of John, are even more treasured, as we can clearly hear God speak His love and plan for His children. Enlivened with descriptions of five miracles not included in any other Gospel, the Book of John is a beautiful telling of the glory, faithfulness, and love of Jesus Christ.

Where Can I Find Good Sermons on John?

As few other Gospels dive so profoundly into the words of Jesus, sermons on John are a popular option for those seeking to grow in love and intimacy with the Messiah.

Looking for some good sermons on the Book of John? You can find over 260 sermons on John through this link, delivered by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones throughout his pastoral career at Westminster Chapel and compiled into audio format by MLJ Trust.

A Welsh minister who taught in the Reformed tradition, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones and his sermons are considered today by many evangelical leaders to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture. Delivered in the clear, expository style Dr. Lloyd-Jones was known for and appreciated, these 262 sermons on John span several years and contain much of the breadth of spiritual knowledge he had to offer. With multiple sermons dedicated to nearly every chapter in the book, Dr. Lloyd-Jones’ sermons on John will guide you not only into a deeper understanding of the Gospel itself, but of the true and perfect character of Jesus — exposing the core principles of Christian theology and its timeless relation to modern man.

Not sure where to start?

Try this sermon on John 2:7-10, titled Miracle of the New Birth. In it, Dr. Lloyd-Jones delves into the identity of Jesus and the question His existence ultimately asks of us: “Am I trusting in Him?”. This sermon calls all — both the Christian and the unsaved — to believe and hope in Jesus Christ for their salvation. May you learn what it means to be a true Child of God, as you walk with Him and grow in intimacy with the Lord!

Click here to access MLJ Trust’s full collection of sermons on John.