Introduction

In the film Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear has to discover that he is not in fact a space ranger from the Gamma Quadrant of Sector 4. He is a toy, resident in Andy's bedroom. His famous cry, 'To infinity, and beyond!' is reframed, as the mission of a galactic superhero becomes the localised adventure of a little boy and his imagination.

Infinity is a strange concept. It speaks of possibility. But that possibility is not always very far away.

As I read it, John's Gospel opens up possibilities. It's written against a kind of philosophy which said this physical world was rubbish, compared with the 'spiritual' realm. And it's written against the might of an oppressive empire which trod down the day-to-day reality of physical life. And it makes possibilities.

It takes us to a new space. And beyond.