Reading:  Proverbs 30:1-9, 18-33 and John 20:19-31

John 20:30-31  Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

“So That You May Believe”

These words are a great summary. They summarize the section of John’s Gospel. At the same time they summarize the whole the Bible. 

As for summarizing this section of the Gospel, think about what is happening. The first Easter has occurred but Thomas, who is absent, is not there. To pull that day together, I reflect one of my favorite Easter jokes: Knock. Knock. Who’s there? No one, the tomb is empty!

Thomas, when confronted with this good news wants solid evidence. He wants to put his fingers in the nail holes and his hands into the side of Jesus. When Jesus enters the room He bids Thomas do exactly as he stated he needed to. Thomas, seeing and hearing Jesus, believes! To me, this is the greatest evidence of the resurrection recorded!

In summarizing the whole of the Bible, we go back to Genesis chapter one and conclude with Revelation chapter twenty-two. Do we have everything that God did, even in creation? Do we have the full revelation of what heaven will be like? Of course not! But we do have what we need to believe.

That is the whole purpose of the Bible. It is written that you might believe. You have God’s Word so you may have life – eternally – in His name. What more could we want? And what more do we need?

Yet there are those who would tear down the witness of God’s Word. They challenge the truths that are given. (I find that extremely interesting in an age where people fail to see any absolute truth.) They would do whatever they can to discredit The Bible. They say it is not plausible for this to happen.

On the other hand, these same people are willing to believe “scientific facts” as the more reliable truth. Some of these “truths” take more faith than believing what God has given us.

Maybe we, as Christians, need to issue a challenge. When people challenge God’s Word, maybe we need to ask the person if they have ever ready it? 

I think of the likes of some great thinkers through history that did not believe in God or His Word. They sought to disprove it. So, as they read through the words, as they gleaned for errors, God worked on them. Through the power of the Holy Spirit working through the word these people came to believe in, and proclaim, Jesus as their Lord and Savior. One such notable? C.S. Lewis.

Think about it. If any person were to have recorded every moment of their life, from birth to death, how many words would be written about that person? How many books would their life contain? If you even stop to think about how many books some people have written, you will quickly realize the astronomical number of words, and books, there would be. And, more-so, with Jesus. He is the Second Person of the Trinity, Who was before creation and will be through all of eternity. 

Yes, only about thirty-three years as man in this world, but forever in eternity. Try writing about all His signs and His presence in this world? And then, believe.

 

PRAYER:  Lord Jesus, You raised the dead, healed the blind and cured the lame. But, even greater than this, You raise the dead in faith, open the eyes shut to You, and cause great leaping in joy for the blessings You bring. Lead us, Your people, who walk by faith to proclaim You as our Lord and God. Help us, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to continue sharing the hope we have been given which is ever ours through You, our Savior, Who we seek always to serve. Amen.