John the fleshly Gospel!

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I’ve thought of John as the spiritual gospel because of the more theologically themed way it is structured. This time through the gospel in my Genesis/John/Revelation program, I have come to see that John is very related to the flesh.

It starts in chapter 1 with “..the Word became flesh…” (1:14).  Of course this is a classic text on the Incarnation of the Eternal Word.

What follows are various physical entry points to the Gospel:

  • Taste – water turned to wine at the Wedding of Cana – chapter 2
  • Birth – the need to be Born Again (or Born from Above) – chapter 3
  • Thirst – living water and the Woman of Samaria (begun with a request for actual water because of actual thirst) – chapter 4
  • Speech – Jesus spoke and the officials son is healed – chapter 4
  • Sight – the idea of signs and asking for signs  – Chapter 2, 4, 6…
  • Walking – healing the man crippled from birth – Chapter 5
  • Hunger – feeding the 5,000, talk of bread – Chapter 6
  • Thirst – water at the festival of Tabernacles – Chapter 7(v. 37)
  • Sight – mud, spit and water to cure blindness – Chapter 9
  • Hearing – sheep hear the shepherd – Chapter 10
  • Death – Lazarus raised – Chapter 11
  • Feet – Jesus anointed at Bethany – chapter 12
  • Voices – Triumphal entry – chapter 12
  • Washing – Jesus washes feet – Chapter 13

So far this is an observation, but John is, pardon the pun, grounded in the material world and is revealed by physical senses and actions.

Do you find any other examples?

The Incarnation and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

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There used to be Reese’s commercials with two people crashing into each other. One had a chocolate bar, the other a jar of peanut butter.  The result?  A Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

It is fully chocolate, the chocolate does not get less chocolatey.  It is fully peanut butter, the peanut butter does not become less peanut buttery.

Jesus was born of Mary – fully human.   Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit so he is “God with us” – fully divine.  He does not become less divine, nor does he become other than human.  He is both.

A Reese’s lasts for a moment, Jesus lasts forever.