We think of John as being a very spiritual book – there is a lot of discussion of the ministry of the Holy Spirit (baptism, upper room discourse in chapters 13-17). And yet we also see that John is connected to the physical world.
So Let’s not become Neoplatonists who seek escape from the world. Jesus in John’s Gospel was not about escape, but rather restoration.
- The Word as Creator: 1:3
- The Word became flesh 1:14
- Submitted to baptism in water 1:33-24
- “I saw you under the fig tree.” 1:50
- Water changed to wine at a wedding 2:1-11
- Personally clears temple with a whip 2:15
- Uses natural birth, wind, Israel’s history to talk to Nicodemus 3:1-20
- Is tired and thirsty and really does ask for water 4:6
- Feeds 5,000 with actual bread and fish 6:1-15
- Really walks on actual water 6:16-21
To be sure John presents Jesus as the Son of God, but not so that he is detached and dismissive of the world he had co-created with the Father.