READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: JOHN
The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.
When you see a word marked like *this, you will find the word explained in a Word List. You will find the list at the end of this article.
Here are a few words to help you to read the New Testament book of John, like Matthew, Mark, and Luke, is one of the books we calls the “Gospels.” The word *gospel means good news. Almost half of the New Testament consists of these four accounts of the life of Jesus. Each of these four books, or *Gospels, is for a different group of readers. Together, they give us a complete story of Jesus. They tell us about his life and his teachings. Almost half of John’s book tells the story of Jesus’ final few weeks on earth. Those last weeks were when Jesus died and rose to life again.
After you read what the Book of John is about, you will find some verses from John that you can read. These verses will help you understand how John wrote and what was important to him.
John wrote his book with a thoughtful style. John chose 7 *miracles which he called *signs. These showed Jesus as the Son of God. He used everything else in the book to bring attention to this.
Verses to Get You Started
John says Jesus made all things.
Jesus talks with a woman.
Jesus says he is God’s son.
Jesus says he is the good shepherd.
Jesus rides on a donkey.
Jesus washes his followers’ feet.
Jesus helps catch fish.
Gospel: A book about the good news. The message that Jesus came to save us from the results of sin. One of the four books at the beginning of the New Testament.
Miracle: A great thing that can only happen by God’s power; a great thing that shows that a person brings a message from God.
Sign: Acts which showed the power of God present in the world.