The Gospel of John has long been a favorite of Christian readers of scripture. The longest of the four gospels, John is also understood to be the latest. It also includes famous stories of Jesus that we do not find in the synoptic gospels: turning water into wine, meeting the Samaritan woman at the well, and raising Lazarus from the dead.
The writer says that his purpose is to tell the stories of Jesus “so that all might believe” (John 1:7). The Gospel’s theology is highly developed. In it, the significance of Christ is couched in a literary form that combines simplicity of expression with true artistry.