John 1:1–5 Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God. He has always been alive and is himself God. He created everything there is—nothing exists that he didn’t make. Eternal life is in him, and this life gives light to all mankind. His life is the light that shines through the darkness—and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John wrote to believers everywhere, both Jews and non-Jews (Gentiles). As one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, John was an eyewitness to Jesus’ ministry. His book is not a biography (like the book of Luke); it is a thematic presentation of Jesus’ life.
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What Jesus taught and what he did are tied inseparably to who he is. John shows Jesus as fully human and fully God. Although Jesus took upon himself full humanity and lived as a man, he never ceased to be the eternal God who has always existed, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and the source of eternal life. This is the truth about Jesus and the foundation of all truth. If we cannot or do not believe this basic truth, we will not have enough faith to trust our eternal destiny to him. That is why John wrote this Gospel—to build faith and confidence in Jesus Christ so that we may believe that he truly was and is the Son of God (20:30–31). You can trust John, an eyewitness to what Jesus said and did. You can believe in Christ, God’s Son.