High Christology in the Gospel of John

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High Christology in the Gospel of John. What evidence exists in the Gospel of John to support Ernst Käsemann’s insight that the Johannine Jesus is like a “god striding over the earth”?

John presents a very different Jesus compared to the synoptic gospels. It is clear that for John Jesus has many complex elements to his personality and without all of these the picture is not complete. The above quote by Käsemann suggests that in the gospel of John Jesus’ divinity is definite and his presence is felt on the entire world through his words and actions. This allows for the human Jesus but implies the divine Jesus is imperative.
The divinity of Jesus Christ is something that is very apparent in the gospel of John. Käsemann’s quote describes Jesus as a ‘God’, which offers an immediate insight into the ‘high Christology’ of Jesus in the gospel of John. The divine Jesus far outweighs the human Jesus. From the introduction of John’s gospel the divinity of Jesus Christ is immediately addressed when John writes ‘In the Beginning..,’ implying that Jesus was there with God at the start of creation. ‘Where the other gospels’ tell us about the human origins of Jesus, John speaks about his divine origin,’ which is with God in heaven, ‘Before all things the word was.’ The fourth gospel paints Jesus as a picture of total control who has descended from heaven to perform his duties to reveal God to humanity. This is evident in the final words of Jesus Christ ‘It is finished’ , implying that Jesus made the decision to end his life. Jesus is given very powerful and direct titles in the gospel of John such as ‘Son of God’. Jesus also implies that he is omniscient and all knowing (John 21:17), characteristics which could only be associated with God. John’s Jesus is one who knows the future and what will happen. ‘Jesus therefore said, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you…...

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