The Gospel of John is known to be depicted as the 'summer' season in comparison to the other three Gospels. This is due to the dry and bare truth proven to be found within its pages, just as summer is a dry season to behold. Summer is a season to harvest the fruits which the seeds bring forth and a time to prep for more to come in the fall. In likeness, the Gospel of John speaks of the everlasting Life to be obtained by all who seek it by preparing them and providing the strength needed. Summer provokes us to strip ourselves of clothing which is any more than necessary, just as the Gospel of John provokes us to strip away all thoughts which is anything else but Godly. Summer is a season for wedding celebrations and the Gospel of John is a venue for a greater union with the Lamb of God. There is no fog to be seen in summer, moreover, the Gospel of John is filled with clear and concise teachings. Summer is a season that destroys any being that may harm the seeds that are to come to completion for harvest. Likewise, but with greater strength, the Gospel of John triumphs all those that attempt to misuse and misrepresent the Word of God.
The Gospel of John is also depicted to claim the image of the Eagle out of the four creatures that are known to stand with the Cherubim. An Eagle soars to the highest yet sees the furthest. The Gospel of John meditates on the Life (on Earth) of the One (Christ) that Lived before the beginning of Time.
It is astonishing that children are assigned to learn the Book of the Gospel of John. The Forefathers of our Church not only read the Book but prayed from it. The Gospel of John serves as a throne where many show their respects for the Mysteries of the spiritual realm. This helps reveal the greatness of the use of this Book within our Country.
One of the reasons that the Gospel of John stands out a bit differently that the other three Books, is due to the fact that it carries more direct teachings from The Lord. It speaks not much of the hidden messages shared or the many miracles that took place. While the other Gospels highlight the Birth of God in the flesh, the Gospel of John chose to commence itself by describing the incomprehensible Birth of The Son from God the Father. It speaks of Truth and Life with utmost clarity!
When Christ was in the hands of the Jews during the final moments, many of the authors of the other Gospels gave more attention to the incidence itself, rather than the story and teachings it carried to deliver. However, St. John dedicated all the chapters beginning chapter 13 to narrate the hours from the Last Supper to the Great Ascension. It demands great endurance to narrate such an event. To be able to secure the lessons the night had to share when the greatest beloved, Jesus Christ, was held captive requires immense strength. St. John traveled the road that lead all the way to the Cross! Even when he took St. Mary (the Mother of the Son which the world condemned to death) as his own Mother to his shelter, he did not fear any consequences that may come to life. What about your perception? How would you describe the Gospel of John?