Jesus in John: Who God Is

By Kurt Selles

July 31, 2020

Maybe—like many other people—you’ve been filling some “stay at home” hours with reading. What’s the point of reading a book? Maybe you read it to be better informed on a particular subject. Perhaps you read it so that you can be entertained. Or maybe you’re motivated by good grades; you read a book to complete school assignments. Your answer to that question probably depends on the book.

In the biblical book of John, we learn a lot about who Jesus is and why he came. We find out that Jesus is more than a teacher and more than a prophet. To ensure that we understand the point of reading his book, John tells us why he wrote it (and why we should read it!): “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).

Many of the stories about Jesus in John help us better understand who God is and how he feels about us. The main thing is that full life with God is not about something we do to try to earn God’s favor or make up for our sin. Instead, it’s all about receiving the gifts of forgiveness and new life, made possible in Jesus.

Our writer for August, Anthony Joseph (A.J.) Gretz, is a pastor in Grandville, Michigan. He has also served churches in Ohio and in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He and his wife, Anna, have three children.

As you read the Today devotions this month, may you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s Word!

Begin with day one of Jesus in John: Who God Is here or download the full PDF.

About the author — Kurt Selles

Kurt Selles is the director of ReFrame Ministries and serves as the Executive Editor of Today. He is a graduate of Calvin College and Seminary, and received his PhD from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to ReFrame, he served 19 years in Taiwan and China with CRC World Missions. Kurt later taught missions at Beeson Divinity School, where he also acted as the director of the school’s Global Center. Kurt and his wife, Vicki, reside in Grand Rapids and have three adult children.

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