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The Gospel of John seems different to readers than the other New Testament gospels. Clement of Alexandria, for example, wrote that the first three gospels provided the “physical things” about Jesus’s life, while John wrote a “spiritual gospel.” John begins with soaring poetic lines that identify Jesus as the divine Word of God. And in the narrative itself, Jesus’s actions are called “signs” because they signify divine truths. Yet John also gives importance to “physical things.” John says the Word of God “became flesh” in Jesus. His actions convey divine reality through things that can be heard, seen, and touched. The point of it all is so that humanity might have life—not simply spiritual life but authentic life.