Introduction to John
It has been said that most people today only have one or two titles to their name. The average person is called Mr. or Mrs., Dr. or Prof., Col. or Major (if they are in the army), but that is about it. And they are apt to lose those titles with time. A man or a woman may lose their doctorate or professorship. They may get released from the army and lose their rank, never to get it back again.
However, the Bible says that Jesus has 50 titles and He will never lose any of them. He has 50 different names and not one of them will ever be taken away from Him. For instance, He is called the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Advocate, the Author of Our Faith, the Bread of Life, the Son of God, the Bridegroom, the Cornerstone, and the Good Shepherd. He is called Immanuel, the Great High Priest, the Lamb of God, the Light of the World, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Messiah, and our Redeemer. He is called the Rock, the Son of Man, the Son of the Most High, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, and Prince of Peace. He is called the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and the Door and the Word and the True Vine.
And no book explains this better than the Gospel of John. No book of the Bible explores the person and character of Jesus better than this one. John explains his reasons for writing in 20:30-31, where he says that he has written “so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” In other words, John writes so that you may believe all of these things about Jesus. He writes so that you may trust that He is everything the Bible claims Him to be.
Would you like to learn more about Jesus? I think we all would. No Christian would ever say “No” to that question. Come join us this Sunday morning as we begin our study of one of the most comprehensive accounts of His life ever written. Would you like to learn about the One who has 50 titles to His name? Join us at 46024 Riverside Drive at 9:30 as we look at them one by one in the Gospel of John. Bring your Bible and a hungry heart. – Jeremy Cagle