The text of John gives us evidence of some of the historical events in the life of Jesus and his
followers and his family. There are also remembrances of traditions about Jesus and his followers
and family which were not recorded elsewhere. The text of John, therefore, is of primary
importance for it is the foundation for the Incarnation, that Jesus is truly the Son of God.
John 1:13: Born of God
"Who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or the will of man, but of
God." [In several ancient Latin manuscripts this reads: "who was born not of blood or the will of
the flesh or the will of man, but of God."]
John 2:1-12: the Cana Account
1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of
there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.
3 When the wine
gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." 4 And
Jesus said to her,
"Woman, what concern is that to you and me? My hour has not yet come." 5
His mother said
to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." 6 Now standing there were six
stone water jars
for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7
Jesus said to
them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them to the brim. 8 He said
to them, "Now
draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it. 9 When
the steward tasted
the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who
had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said
"Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become
drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now." 11 Jesus did this, the
first of his signs, in
Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his
they remained there a few days.
John 6:42: Jesus the Son of Joseph
They were saying, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How
can he now say, `I have come down from heaven?'
John 7:3-5: The Unbelief of Jesus' Brothers
So his brothers said to him, "Leave here and go to Judaea so that your disciples also may see the
works you are doing; 4 for no one who wants to be widely known acts in
secret. If you do
these things show yourself to the world." 5 (For not even his brothers
John 7:41-43; 8:41: Division among the People about the origins of
41 Others said, "This is the Messiah." But some asked, "Surely the Messiah does
not come from
Galilee, does he? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Messiah is
descended from David and
comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?"
43 So there was a division in the crowd because of him.
John 8:41: "You are indeed doing what your father does." They said to him, "We are not
illegitimate children; we have one father, God himself."
John 19:25-28a: Mary and the Beloved Disciple at the foot of the
25 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his
mother's sister, Mary the
wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and
the disciple whom
he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, "Woman, here is your son." 27
said to the disciple, "Here is your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his own
home. 28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was completed, he said (in
fulfill the scripture),
"I am thirsty."
In a special way, the text of John gives us some evidence of some of the historical events in the
life of Jesus and his followers and his family. There are some scenes in John that are similar to
those found in the Synoptics, but we have other texts which touch upon the events and sayings of
Jesus that are independent of the Synoptics and which offer us a profound contemplation of Jesus
and those who surround him. This is due to the fact that John is the last of the Gospels. There are
also remembrances of traditions about Jesus and his followers and family which were not recorded
elsewhere. The text of John, therefore, is of primary importance for it is the foundation for the
Incarnation and for the highest Christology in the New Testament.
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