Jesus, Christ and Servant of God
"In reading the gospel, Johnson attempts to move his reader 'from the head to the heart,' from the intellectual to the spiritual, from information to transformation. Johnson certainly doesn't neglect the head, for he includes some important information about John, but he aims for the transformation of the heart." — Michael Willett Newheart, Friends Journal April 2018 issue
In 2007–2008 David Johnson was led to read the Gospel of John verse by verse. For eight months he read nothing else, and the Spirit took him through the gospel, opening its meaning for him. This experience convinced him that the gospel is not just a record of Jesus’ ministry; it is also a consummate guide to the spiritual life. The reader starts at the beginning and progressively enters more and more deeply into a relationship of holy faithfulness with Jesus.
John’s gospel on Jesus opens up a new spiritual world that concentrates on our being in the here and now. Jesus demolishes religious, cultural, and gender walls to reveal a way of being that transcends these regulations. The spirituality of Jesus is eternal and universal and is of the heart, not of buildings and doctrines. This was clearly stated by the Apostle Peter, speaking about Jesus’ ministry in The Inclusive Bible (TIB): I begin to see how true it is that God shows no partiality—rather, that any person of any nationality who fears God, and does what is right is acceptable to God (Acts 10:34–35). It is time to recover the wonderful impact of Jesus’ teachings anew.
Author: David Johnson
Publisher: Inner Light Books, 2017