I can only imagine . . .
John 21:25 – And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
Our Text for Today is the last verse of the Gospel According to John. It is the last verse of what we know as the Four Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. And I find it utterly fascinating and awe inspiring every time I read or think of it. I once taught on the works of Jesus in His earthly ministry. I did it as a pastor for Wednesday night Bible studies. It took a full year, and I can assure you, I came nowhere near close to covering it adequately. Every work Jesus did, every word Jesus spoke, and every action Jesus took carried with it great depth of meaning for those to whom He was ministering, and especially so to us today who are the body of Christ in the earth in the last days.
And when you add to that weight of excellence the words of John in this verse, His life and ministry, a ministry that only lasted about three years, become enormously staggering in its content and volume of goodness, righteousness, faith, and love. I believe you would surely agree with me that all the works that Jesus did were not recorded in the Scriptures. How often did Jesus feed thousands, heal multitudes, and deliver perhaps as many? And on each one of those occasions, each healing, each deliverance, each feeding, each work of provision carried its own story. Yet in the Gospels, we read of so few in comparison to the measureless volume He actually performed. Again, John’s words ring so strongly in my spirit….”And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.”
My greatest joy of today’s writing is this. As the concluding devotional of now, more than two years of writing, on the Gospel of John, I would urge you to look to the coming year, not as a concluding page about the life and ministry of Jesus, but as the introduction to what He has yet to do. Jesus said that if we believed on Him, that we would not only do the works that He did, but greater works. My friend, we are closer to the coming of Jesus than ever. He WILL come for His church. I am convinced it WILL be soon. Today I challenge you to take up His mantle, as the body of Christ, to enter into the work to which He has called you, and to carry that mantle until He comes or you leave this earth. May the earth be flooded with the glory of the Lord that flows from our obedience in carrying out that which He has assigned us to do.
Manna for Today – John 21:20-25; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23; Matthew 18:19-20