John's Gospel has long been a favorite among Christians. In it we encounter the living Jesus in his glory and his humanity, portrayed with both simplicity and depth. Through the eyes of faith John retells the story of the Word, drawing out its meaning for his readers so that they “may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God” and “have life in his name.”
In this Bible Speaks Today volume, longtime pastor Bruce Milne provides a thoughtful exposition of John well-suited to preachers and anyone who seeks a deeper appreciation of the text. He sets the stage with introductory material on the authorship of John, how it compares to the other three Gospels, and its purpose and theology. Then Milne guides readers passage-by-passage through the text, paying attention to practical application as well as interpretation. A study guide at the end of the book will help you to further ponder and apply the riches of this Gospel. This completely redesigned new edition includes updated language and Scripture quotations throughout.
As Milne puts it, “The mystery of Jesus Christ is the theme of this gospel; always beyond us, yet always summoning us to explore it more fully.” With The Message of John, you have an accessible and reliable guide as you explore John's powerful portrait of Christ.
“Modern-day worship which is irreverent, superficial, distraction-filled, cold, lifeless, sloppy, self-indulgent, hypocritical, ill-prepared or theologically inappropriate will likewise receive his censure, as will worship which detracts from the honour and glory of the living God through a concern for performance and self-display on the part of those leading it. ‘Judgment must begin at the House of God’ (1 Pet. 4:17, my translation).” (Page 59)
“Conversely, and there is no third option, all who do not come to the Son for this life, but reject him and his salvation, consign themselves to the most terrible of judgments—they will not see life (36; cf. 3). Rather they will ‘see’ the wrath of God.” (Page 71)
“This exchange marks the transposing of Jesus’ relationship to his mother, although still special, into a new key in the light of his Father’s mission and the shadow of its finale.” (Page 51)
“impressive statement both of his personal authority and of the crisis which his mission represented for Judaism” (Page 55)
“Jesus, worship is a matter of the gravest importance, and as the messianic King he claims lordship over it.” (Page 59)
Bruce Milne was pastor of First Baptist Church in Vancouver, Canada, for many years. Today he travels the globe, preaching, teaching and encouraging pastoral leaders. He is the author of Know the Truth and The Bible Speaks Today volume The Message of John.