The Ressurection Of Lazarus As Central To

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The Ressurection Of Lazarus As Central To The Gospel Of Gospel Of John Essay, Research Paper The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John comprise the core of Christian belief and tradition; in telling the story of the life and works of Jesus of Nazareth, each serves to direct and instruct the lives of His followers while also firmly establishing the divinity and nature of Jesus as the Messiah. The Gospel of John stands out from the other three, deemed the Synoptic Gospels because of the way they are organized section by section, rather than as synthesizing an overall theme as in John, in that it contains no genealogy of Jesus, but instead attempts to establish his significance through his miracles and explain the mystery of Jesus through a glimpse into his nature itself.

John delves into Jesus’ life as both a human and divine being; it shows Jesus as the embodiment of God in the world, physically interacting with His people. This relationship, so important to the foundation of the Christian faith, is most evident in the resurrection of Lazarus, a miracle which can, in many ways, be viewed as the central event of John’s Gospel, not only because it falls directly in the middle of the book, but because it acts as the culmination of the many miracles of Jesus Christ. This story vividly demonstrates Jesus’ human traits and his divine power as well, setting up the plot for the rest of John’s Gospel and furthering the theme of God’s role in human life. Jesus’ miracles provide tangible evidence of His power, consequently gathering many

admirers, and helping to spread His teachings throughout the land. These followers saw the miracles as signs from God that Jesus was truly their savior, just as the descriptions of these miracles in the Gospels have served to do so for so many living after the time of Jesus. While Jesus welcomed these followers, He was most pleased with those who possessed true faith, those who believed without seeing as Abraham did when he brought his only son to be sacrificed. In chapter six of the Gospel of John, Jesus performs the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves, the only miracle present in all four Gospels. A large crowd was by then following Jesus because “?they saw signs that he was doing for the sick.” When Jesus performed this miracle of feeding five thousand with but

five loaves and two fish, the faith of the crowd in his divine being grew extraordinarily. This becomes clear in verse 14 when the crowd says “this is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.” Yet the crowd still refers to Him as a prophet, and does not accept Him fully as the son of God. Jesus continued to use His power to perform miracles as a way to turn people to God and build the faith of His followers. In Chapter 9, Jesus heals a blind man. The blind man is healed on account of his faith in God and his belief in Jesus Christ. The blind man professes his faith in Jesus when he says “Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” John also takes time to give an explanation for the existence of evil: “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so

that God’s works might be revealed in him.” Though this point is not further developed, it does expound upon the concept that God ‘works in mysterious ways,’ and allows Jesus to be deemed “the light of the world,” alluding, perhaps, not just to the blind man’s new found ability to see, but also Christ’s bringing of the knowledge of the truth about humans and God, who is also often represented by light, likely as a conflation with Apollo, the chief Roman god, associated with the sun, and also, strangely enough, the god of prophecy. As with the miracle of the blind man, faith in Christ and the Word of God are as important in John’s Gospel as they were in the Old Testament. John’s Gospel, more so than the others, is a return to the traditional them of faith in