From my reading in John 20 in the One Year New Testament.
In my ministry circles if there is ever a new believer or non-believer who is interested in reading the Bible most people recommend they read John first.
Why The Book of John?
Of all 65 other books in the Bible why do people say to start in John? The answer is in John’s statement of the purpose of his book.
“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
John was written that you may believe.
John specifically chose the miracles and stories to help us believe that Jesus is the promised Messiah! If you read this gospel with that theme in mind then you start to see how over and over Jesus is inviting people to come to him and believe.
John was written to change your life!
Through believing we can experience true life in his name. This life is life as God originally intended for us to live. The gospel of John gives you the knowledge about Jesus and the tools you need to start living a full meaningful life in Christ.
John basically wrote “Jesus 101”.
I am so grateful for all the amazing insights that we get in John which we don’t get in the other gospels. So if you have never read it then what are you waiting for…