Comparing Luke And John

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The life and death of Jesus Christ is one of the best known stories in the entire world. A story that has been told and retold in a number of different mediums and almost every language, but that was not always the case. Jesus’ legacy would not have amounted to much had it not been for the Gospels. Written between 70 to 100 years after the common era, they formed the backbone of the entire Christian religion. Their teachings were so profoundly popular, that their echoes can still be heard throughout all structures of modern day society. Two notable gospels are that of Luke and John. Luke’s gospel reads like a historical recounting of the events, using firsthand accounts and stories passed down from eye-witnesses his gospel focuses just on the…show more content…
Right off the bat, John describes Jesus “carrying his own cross” (John 19:17). This description differs greatly from the other gospels’ recounting of the story, where Simon from Cyrene carries it for him. By having Jesus carry his own cross, even after being beaten and close to death, John hints at Jesus’ Devine strength and resilience. Next, in the scene of his actual death, John characterizes Jesus as “knowing that everything had now been finished” (John 19:28). This omniscience is reserved solely for God, and by giving Jesus this all knowing ability, John makes Jesus’ divinity almost unquestionable. If anyone still doubted Jesus’ divinity, John attempted to sway them one last time, with the fulfillment of the prophecy: “Not one of his bones will be broken” (John 19:36). To some, this will seem like irrefutable evidence that Jesus was the Messiah, which makes it a key device in John’s writing and his attempt to prove Jesus’ divinity. Using this writing style, John is able to build Jesus up in the minds of the Christian people. He is able to create a larger than life figure in which people can put their…show more content…
One of the most profound of those teachings being salvation through the belief in God and, in turn, the Son of Man. John conveys this teaching with exceedingly stylistic writing style, and gratuitous use of metaphorical language and symbolism. Jesus’s teaching can be seen through John’s repetition of the word “believe,”this word shows up throughout his gospel and in the crucifixion scene ( John 19:35). What is so notable about the word “believe” in John’s gospel is that it is always presented as an active verb, symbolizing that faith is something that one must work at, something that must be actively done. The scene after Jesus’ death introduces the idea of salvation. When the soldier stabs Jesus’ corpse there was “a sudden flow of blood and water,” blood and water are both historically symbolic of cleansing, therefore, through his death, the sins of Jesus’ followers are wiped clean (John 19:34). Another key moment that contributes to this theme is the exact moment of Jesus’ death. He “bowed his head and gave up his soul,” after all this build up, proving that Jesus was this Devine figure, his death seems so passive (John 19:30). Jesus doesn’t fight his death because he knows that dying is what will forgive the sins of all his believers, therefore he welcomes it. John uses subtle word choice and a symbolic perspective to convey the teachings of Jesus

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