Analysis of Gospel John Essay

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1. For John’s immediate audience and contemporary readers alike, the significance of the Multiplication miracle is in the way Jesus assumes a position of leadership during a time of potential crisis. A distinction is made between the disciples and the “multitudes” who need to be fed, but whereas the disciples cannot see how their meager means can stretch for so many, Jesus immediately takes action. In fact, Jesus assumes responsibility for all five thousand guests, asking them to recline and relax to allow the abundance and beneficence of God to wash over them. Jesus transmits the truth of God’s love to the community, showing that it is limitless and universal in scope.

The miracle also occurs on the Jewish feast of the Passover, showing how Jesus transformed ancient provincial customs and practices into ones that would be more readily multiplied for the masses. When John relays the miracle to his readers, Christian doctrine and community practice were mere seedlings, whereas they are fully manifest now throughout the world. Therefore, the significance of John 6:1-15 is qualitatively different depending on historical context.

Modern readers may also be aware of the instructional components of the miracle of Multiplication. Jesus assumes a position of leadership but with humility and grace, deferring his power to God of course but also refusing to allow the multitudes to make of the miracle more than it is. As Moloney points out, John emphases Jesus’s knowledge and competency, and his ability to take firm and decisive action when faced with a potential crisis.

2. John 6:51-58 covers the evolution of the Eucharist as a sacrament. The giving of his flesh is something totally foreign to John’s Jewish audience members, something that would have seemed “outrageous” at the time (Moloney, p. 221). The emphasis here is on carnality, drawing the audience’s attention towards the Word made flesh concept. Moreover, the flesh and blood signifies the spiritual nourishment that flows freely and infinitely from its source in Jesus Christ. The flesh and blood of Christ is even more potent than the manna from heaven that is referred to in the Old Testament, more accessible to all and more transformative to human life. The practice of the Eucharist became the cornerstone of John’s community, and for Eucharistic communities throughout time because of the ongoing affirmation of the dependability and reality of Jesus’s love. Moloney also points out that….....

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