It is not a surprise that Israel Abrahams made the statement, “To us Jews, the Fourth Gospel is the most Jewish of the four.” I am in agreement with his premise because as John wrote in John 1:1–4, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” “In the beginning was the Word. As he begins his Gospel, John echoes the opening words of the book of Genesis,” and as Dr. Townes stated, “Not only does John emphasize the eternal preexistence of the Word, he also notes the intimacy of fellowship that existed between the Word and God.” This is one important reason to have someone begin reading in the book of John.
In John 1:14, John tells us about how the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. “The allusion is to that tabernacle where dwelt the Shekinah, or manifested ‘Glory of the Lord,’ and with reference to God’s permanent dwelling among His people.” Tabernacle is in reference to the place where Jewish individuals would gather to worship God. Again an Old Testament reference in which it is connected closely with Christ. Furthermore, John 1:17 “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” This is a powerful verse that again relates to an Old Testament person and law that was established for the Jewish people.
In closing, John understood the Jewish culture, their religion, and uses that to his advantage in being able to relate. This and the reasons previously stated, led to the comment made by Mr. Abrahams. The book of John needs to be read by new converts, because there are some undeniable truths that need to be understood and instilled into their new found life in Christ. Understanding that Christ was with God in the beginning, why Christ came, how He lived, and most importantly, this book shows the love and grace that was granted to us.