John was a bff of Jesus.
You know, the John who wrote the Gospel of John, 4th book in the New Testament.
He was Jesus' disciple for 3 years.
He walked with Him,
talked with Him,
ate with Him,
slept around Him,
woke up around Him & saw Him first thing in the morning,
peed & pooped with Him,
watched Him do miracles,
got rained on with Him,
watched Him laugh & laughed with Him,
saw Him walk on water,
heard Him speak countless times,
saw Him transfigured with Moses & Elijah,
went swimming with Him,
sat around a campfire late at night with Him,
watched Him sit & play with children,
saw Him deal with the Pharisees,
saw Him naked sometimes,
& every once in a while would probably just simply sit & look at Him & wonder.
In short, John lived a pretty close & extremely familiar & intimate 3 years with Jesus.
I figure after all that, what John might write about Jesus could have a strong level of authenticity.
Here's what John wrote about the personhood of Jesus at the very beginning of his account, his gospel, of Jesus' life...
1 In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
6 God sent a man, John the Baptist, 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.
8 John himself was not the light;
he was simply a witness to tell about the light.
9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He came into the very world he created,
but the world didn't recognize him.
11 He came to his own people,
and even they rejected him.
12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
14 So the Word became human
and made his home among us.
He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.
And we have seen his glory,
the glory of the Father's one and only Son.
15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds,
"This is the one I was talking about when I said,
'Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.'"
16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.
17 For the law was given through Moses,
but God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God.
But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father's heart.
He has revealed God to us.