For more help use this Bible Study method
A Big Book!
by Elaine Pierce
Today we are studying the last eleven verses of the book of John (we'll go back to John 14 for Pentecost). The last verse, verse 25, jumped out at me as I read through this section:
"Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." (John 21:25)
The apostle John is not given to hyperbole, which makes this statement even more incredible. Really - the entire world wouldn't have room for all the books that would be written about everything that Jesus did?? That is a statement worth pondering.
John records seven of Jesus' miracles or signs, but we know that he healed countless people - the crowds followed him from town to town, and news of his miraculous deeds spread far and wide. While we don't have a record of everything that Jesus said and everything that he did, we have what we need. Paul tells us this in 2 Timothy 3:16-17:
"All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the many of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
Won't it be incredible when we get to heaven? We'll have all eternity to hear all of the stories of what Jesus did while he walked the earth. We'll meet those he healed, the blind who can now see, the paralyzed who can walk. And we'll have all eternity to sing his praises! Thanks be to God that he gave us his Word, and fills us with the Holy Spirit so that we can share the good news with others. We have what we need, my friends. We are equipped. We are ready. God is asking us to join him where he is already at work.
Dear Lord, thank you for the book of John. Thank you for giving us your word. Help each one of us on our journey to look to you and serve you with gladness. Amen.