The gospel of John is God’s good news from the pen of the apostle of John. It is not simply a collection of stories and sayings of and by Jesus; it is God’s message to man in order for him (man) to respond to God’s evidence. It is this word evidence that is important for our consideration. In John 20:30-31 we read, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (ESV).
God has presented to man not only a message of good news, but also evidence that is worthy of investigation. In fact, He encourages man to do exactly that. The Bereans did (Acts 17:11), and the Athenians were encouraged along this line as well (Acts 17:22-34). To reject God’s message, therefore, is to reject God’s evidence (John 3:31-36).