John: An Unhurried Gospel
Matthew, Mark, and Luke write like kayakers on a swiftly flowing river with occasional patches of white water. There’s never any doubt that they’re going where the course of the river takes them. But John is more like a canoe on a quiet lake, drifting unhurriedly, paddling leisurely to take in the sights along the shoreline, noticing rock formations, observing a blue heron fishing in the rushes, pausing and drifting to sketch cloud patterns reflected in the glassy water.
So as we get ready to travel the smoothly flowing rhythms of John’s prose, prepare yourself for some breathtaking scenery.