REACTION PAPER: THE GOSPEL OF JOHN The Gospel of John begins with a lovely little poem about Jesus. And what I learn about that poem is that He is God's word in human form, He comes to earth to be a light to everyone and He's going to destroy the evil of darkness. When Jesus appears on the scene, he starts to gather a nice little entourage of disciples. He travels with them around Judea bringing God's truth and racking up an impressive list of miracles. He turns the water into wine. He heals a blind man. He raised a man from the dead. Jesus does it all without even breaking a sweat. Tons of people are starting to put their faith in him. But not everyone is so thrilled with the coming of the messiah. The religious authorities in Judea are angry at the idea that there's a man walking around who can raise people from the dead. They plan an evil plot to have Jesus killed and they start practicing their maniacal laughs for when that day comes. They don't have to wait long. The next time Jesus is in Jerusalem, one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, conspires with the religious authorities to have Jesus arrested. He is taken to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, and sentenced to death by crucifixion. Three days after he dies, Jesus comes back to life. He appears to some of his disciples and even gives out some pretty good fishing advice. Jesus tells them to keep spreading his story around. The disciples oblige and the rest is history. The word of Jesus that struck me the most is when he said “I am the way, the truth, and the life” which he said on the last supper. It struck me the most because when Jesus refers to himself as the way, the truth, and the life, he is giving me better way to live my life through him. He is showing me that through following him daily in faith, he will lead me to a better, richer, more meaningful life than I could ever find on my own. The deed of Jesus that struck me the most is when He perform miracle in which he took the five loaves of bread and two fish, prayed for it, give thanks to God and make it enough for a large group of people to eat. And because of this, I believe that nothing is impossible through praying. Surely, God will answer my prayers. God will give me the most abundant blessing He could give me. And He will never leave me. And I thank God for all the blessings he showered upon me.