The purpose of John’s gospel is to bring his readers to true, saving faith. “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30–31 ESV). The author brings us to the pinnacle of his gospel: the arrest, death, and resurrection of Jesus. But John is not recounting the story of Jesus. Scholars believe the other three gospels already existed and were in circulation when he writes this gospel. This gospel is not for us to simply go through the death and resurrection of Jesus. John will present Jesus as the glorious Son of God in whom we must put our complete hope and faith.
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