Tuesday – March 22, 2016
Day 42 – John 20:30-31
Focus: vs. 31
31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Isn’t it true that we usually need a reason to understand or know in some way the truth of what we are hearing or seeing? We are supposedly reasoning beings who need to understand the whys and wherefores of what goes on around us. We want truth. We want good information on which to base our decisions. I want to be able to prove that what I am hearing is true and worthy of my acceptance. Much of the rhetoric we hear today is strained through a cloth of someone else’s thinking. Can I believe what the other person is saying? Do I have any proof it is true? Sadly, many use figures to their own advantage, don’t they? There is an old saying, “Figures don’t lie but liars do figure.” Some people take perfectly good numbers and make them mean something other than what they actually say. They simply construe them that way to push their agenda.
The full scripture for today’s reading is not long but is full of meaning. “30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30-31, ESV). John is proclaiming that he has not given, in this writing, everything that Jesus both did and said. He actually states it more clearly in chapter 21, verse 25. John is alluding to all the rest of the disciples and others who witnessed the person and work of Jesus and His teachings. Even in comparing the four gospels we see differences in reporting the same things and in some cases there are things shared that the others did not include for whatever reason in their own writings. Jesus was a very busy person, especially in those 3 ½ years of public ministry. The record of both what Jesus said and did which we do find in the New Testament is more than sufficient to show Who He was and is.
The purpose for this gospel for John was SO THAT those who read his writings might believe that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.” This is actually the statement made by Peter in response to Jesus asking, “And who do you say I am?” This is the statement on which Jesus said He would build His church.
Prayer Focus: Thank You Jesus for all you said and did while you walked and taught among men. Thank You for all these witnesses to You so that I can rest on Your unchanging word and trust in You for my salvation. AMEN.