John is an upbeat book about the successes in Jesus ministry. We last read John in 2012. Pries gave an outline of the book. John starts off like Genesis does by saying “in the beginning…”. The first thing God created was the light and John picks up on this as he starts on the light of Christ ministry. Written at the end of first century. John is telling a story about the life and ministry of Jesus. Why the choice of the word word in the beginning of John. This goes back to logos the gnostic word that goes back to god creating the world. Maybe it is the vision of the beginning of the idea of God as distinct from the other gods who existed in that era. You could think of logos who thinks of all things. Hebrew has only about 10,000 words whereas Greek has 200,000 words thus talking in Hebrew is more direct because you have fewer words to express nuance. John writes about Jesus as the physical representation of God. John 1-19 is proving that Jesus is God for Missourians, show me. This is to take some of the godliness of John the Baptist. The first part of John starts us off with poetry about Jesus. Grace and mercy came thru Jesus and is a change from the God of the old testament. In olden times you had to be worthy of communion or forgiveness and therefore it was given only on special occasions. Now it is a fellowship meal.