From Handbook to Scripture, Day 231
READING: JOHN 1
Matthew, Mark, and Luke are known collectively as the Synoptic (“seeing together”) Gospels, because they share a common viewpoint and similar material. John, on the other hand, is a supplemental Gospel, providing a wealth of stories and teachings of Jesus that are not found in the Synoptics. The Synoptic Gospels, for example, focus on Christ’s Galilean ministry, while John develops His Judean ministry.
The prologue (1:1–18) is one of the richest theological texts in Scripture, and it reveals the eternality and divinity of the Word as well as the incarnation of the Word. This prologue is followed by an account of the witness of John the Baptist concerning Jesus and the story of Jesus’ first disciples (1:19–51).
Prayer: Lord, I thank You for the mystery of the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. I am grateful that while the Law was given through Moses, grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
Meditation passage: verses 1–5, 10–18, 51