- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read John 1
The Gospel according to John —- John, the son of Zebedee, wrote the book of John around 100AD, about a century after Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Gospel of John wrote the stories of Jesus differently from the Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke. In the Synoptic Gospels Jesus’ ministry is a one -year Galilean ministry that Jesus leaves Galilee to go to Judea and Jerusalem only once with one Passover celebration, in the final journey to his death in Jerusalem. In John’s Gospel, it is a three-year ministry with three trips from Galilee to Jerusalem, with three different Passover feasts in the course of Jesus’ ministry.
Jesus as lifegiver —- Life- giving, life-saving, life- enhancing, life-restoring, and eternal life, is overarching theme running through all stories in John’s Gospel. John 3:16 and John 10:10 are two examples of it.
“Who is Jesus?” —- The Gospel of John witnesses to Jesus distinctively, compared to Synoptic Gospel. Jesus’ birth and his genealogy is not included in John’s Gospel. But John witness to who Jesus is;
Logos — Jesus was Words of God from the beginning. The Word became flesh.
Creator — All things was made through him.
Life —- In Jesus was life.
Light — The light came into the world and the light shines in the darkness.
The Lamb of God — Jesus takes away the sin of the world.
The Son of God – The heaven opens and the angels of God come to him.
The Gospel of John is called “Life- giving gospel.”
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.