ELMM Retreat: The Gospel of John
February 2 - February 3
The Gospel of John Pastor
Thomas Mammoser, Peace Lutheran Church, Gaylord MI
The Gospel of John was Martin Luther’s favorite gospel. In fact, he thought it was “far to be preferred over the other three” because it will “show you Christ and teach you everything you need to know” (Luther’s Works, Vol. 35, Fortress Press, 1960, p. 362). At first, we may be tempted to think Luther is exaggerating. There is much the gospel of John does not tell us. There are no stories about birth, baptism, temptation, or transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus does not tell any parables. He does not cast any demons out of people, and there is no story of Jesus instituting the meal we now call Holy Communion. We would miss a great deal if we had the gospel of John but lacked the other three gospels.