This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. John 21:24-25
John ends his Gospel account with today’s two verses. First he identifies himself as the disciple that Jesus loved. Just about everyone recognizes that this disciple was John. John was the youngest of the disciples, probably a teenager. Being the youngest it is no wonder that Jesus took particular interest in John helping the young boy grow into maturity. That fact that John does not mention himself by name does not mean John did not write this Gospel. The early church fathers recognized John’s authorship. I often wonder why we think we can possible know better who did or did not write this Gospel two thousand years later then the people who lived at the time and shortly after the writing who wrote it.
John ends with the statement that he has only scratched the surface of Jesus’ words and deeds. But then John did not set out to produce a daily dairy of Jesus’ entire life. John had a specific reason for writing. He wanted to once again let people know that Jesus was God and man. Fully God and at the same time fully man. Just because this fact is hard for us to grasp does not mean it is untrue. I find it amazing that a bunch of 1’s and 0’s allow me to write this. I just don’t fully understand how a computer works but not understanding the inner workings does not keep me from writing these devotionals. There are many things that are beyond my grasp but I still can believe them to be true.
That Jesus is God incarnate is no less a mystery to me but just because it is a mystery I can still believe. I have the eyewitness accounts of not just John but also Matthew. Then we have Marks’ Gospel which is Peter’s eyewitness account. Finally we have Luke’s painstaking research into the events that surrounded Jesus and His ministry. We also have Paul’s accounts of Jesus that he received directly from the resurrected Jesus. Five independent accounts all telling us the same thing, that Jesus is the Messiah, God with us.
No other person in ancient history has this many accounts of their life. Yet we continue to believe that Caesar Augustus lived. We believe that because we have a source or sources close to the time he lived. Yet in most cases these sources are hundreds of years after the fact. Yet we discount the accounts of Jesus which were all written within 70 years of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Because it is hard to grasp? Yet we can grasp that a city in the Italian peninsular conquered most of the western world. I one that much harder to believe? I think not.
Well, this finishes our study of John. I hope it has enlightened you and maybe help each of you on your walk. For some maybe it has brought you a bit closer to God, I know it has me. When I started this series last April I was a bit hesitant because the task seem monumental. I could not have done it alone. But with God’s guidance and your support and encouragement I made it all the way to the finish line.
What is next? Either the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew’s Gospel or Jesus in the Old Testament. But whichever comes first I will get to the other next.
Have a blessed day,