“Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.” – John 21:25.
When we read scripture, we should be both amazed and in awe of God. From the first splash of creation to the miraculous provision during the exodus from Egypt to the announcement of Christ’s arrival, those who encounter God are taken back with a deep sense of wonder. Maybe that was true at one point, but today, your sense of awe and wonder has diminished. Those time-stand-still moments, the ones that produce wonder in you, are more fleeting than you would like.
John’s words at the very end of his book are both inspiring and challenging. For the better part of three years, John was with Jesus nearly 24/7. Yet, John’s closeness with Jesus didn’t stifle his amazement of Him.
There’s so much more John could’ve written about but that is not what we should focus on. We need to focus on what he did tell us. In 21 chapters, John accurately and eloquently describes the key moments of Jesus’ life and ministry. We see that Jesus is God incarnate. He came to earth and lived the perfect sinless life. He did things only God can do: He showed Himself to be all-knowing, all-powerful, to have power over life and death, over sickness and pain; even the winds and the waves obeyed Him. In 21 chapters, John accurately and eloquently describes the key moments of Jesus’ life and ministry. He writes with the sole purpose of proclaiming that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: “But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.” (John 20:31).
As he writes his concluding sentence, John knows he has only scratched the surface. In John 21:25, John is telling us that Jesus is beyond comprehension and that it is not an exaggeration to say that no number of books can truly convey the magnificence of the risen Savior. The story of Jesus is far more glorious than one man could ever capture with pen and paper. John had no idea how true his words would become. Throughout the ages, countless books, articles, blogs, sermons, lyrics, etc. have been written about Jesus. People can’t stop writing about Jesus and never will.
So why does John end this way? We don’t know but we can speculate: Maybe to humble us through the story of Jesus. Or maybe it is to awaken the wonder inside us.
Recapture the wonder of Jesus. Go back into that first love, that awestruck wonder that Jesus came to earth for you, died for you, rose again for you, and even lives to make intercession for you.
Take a few moments and allow John’s words to rekindle your wonder and your awe of our risen Savior.
- Is there a time in your life when you were most consistently saying, “Wow” to the Lord.
- How is your wonder at God these days? Is your relationship with God marked by a growth in awe? What can you do this week to continue to wake up your wonder of God?