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Outline the presentation of the person of Jesus in John's Gospel. (20 marks)

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Jody Evans 13A Outline the presentation of the person of Jesus in John's Gospel. (20 marks) Throughout John's Gospel Jesus is portrayed in different ways. He is described as "flesh" yet he also has divine qualities and characteristics. John regards Jesus as Logos meaning "word". According to Lightfoot the logos had "diverse origins and might convey different shades of meaning to different readers". Such readers would be Jews and Greeks. This quote proves one of John's main purposes to be universal. First the Jewish background relating back to the logos or 'Word' of God. This was seen as a creative force as mentioned in chapter 1 Genesis. This also connected to the prophets where they delivered God's word to the audience. Wisdom was spoken of with a connection with Sophia. Greek background the reason and the outward expression of inward thought. For the stoics, logos was the all - pervading presence of God, the mind of God guiding and controlling life. ...read more.


6v14 is the feeding of the 5000 shows supremacy and quotes of the Lord. 1v17, Jesus is identified as Christos like the Messiah. Unlike Mark's gospel there is no veiled Messianic Secret in John for example in Signs. 7v14 'This is the Christ'. Mary anoints Jesus a sign of Messiahship. Jesus is rejected, he lays down his life freely and re-enters glory. Kingship is a recurring theme, when Jesus enters Jerusalem, in his trials and the notice, which Pilate put above his head 'King of the Jews'. Jesus as the Son of Man This is the title Jesus gave to himself and no one else in the time of Jesus used it to describe him. It dates back to the book of Daniel 7:13- 14. Through Daniels vision we notice that the Son of man has authority. This belief is linked to Mark 2:10, here the Son of man has authority to forgive sins and Mark 2:28 he is lord of the Sabbath. ...read more.


man simply meant as an ordinary man Christians today believe the Son of man overcome death because God raised him to life to judge us and our sins and this emphasised in Revelation 11:15. From John the Baptist mentioned in the Prologue, Jesus is superior to the one who gives testimony to him; John bears witness to the light, Jesus is the light. Bultmann maintains John emphasises Jesus in order to oppose a Baptist sect. The humanity of Jesus 1v14 flesh, blood and water flowed from his side on the cross, 'Behold the man' said by the Pilate. Docetists maintained Jesus only seemed human; in reality he was God. However, Jesus walked, talked, was tired, sat down, carried his cross and died. Jesus also had emotions, he wept, he loved and his humanity, e.g. when he became flesh he was the logos, when he was tired at the well, he also gave living water, while his resurrected body can be touched by Thomas, he is 'My Lord and my God'. ...read more.

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