you’re going to need a bigger library…
This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. John 21.24-25 | ESV
And that disciple is me, your narrator, the one who solemnly swears to the truth of all this, the one who painstakingly recorded every word of this testimony. And yet there’s so much more that could have been added to it! All the other many, many things that Jesus did!
Where to begin?
Where to end!?
I’ve barely even scratched it! And were I to undertake the recording of it all, well, I don’t suppose there are enough trees on the planet to provide the pulp to make the paper for the pages nor the world itself a big enough library to contain all the books that would have to be written… John 21.24-25 | MAV (Mike’s Amplified Version)
I often encounter the supposition that we must have a correct grasp of the nature of Christ in order “to be saved” (by which we usually mean “enter our heavenly rewards later on”).
That supposition makes me smile on two levels (at least).
First, Jesus was constantly telling those he encountered “ἡ πίστις σου σέσωκέν σε.” And yes, that’s foreign to us – oh so foreign! Said in this case to a woman who only knew that this was no ordinary man, and that all she had to do was touch the edge of his garment. “Your faith has saved you/ made you whole.” No understanding or grasp of Trinitarian delineations or of hypostatic union – she just grabbed the hem of his garment was healed without Jesus’ conscious engagement – power just “went out” from him, and he was left trying to figure out where.
Jesus is bigger, his reach longer than our understanding/misunderstanding and grasp of who he is. Which is a good thing, because the world can’t contain the books that would have to be written to “cover” just the three decades of his life on this planet.
We’re not even talking about his eternal nature and state!
No book can contain that, no mind can grasp it!
Which is the second reason I smile at the assumption we have to understand Jesus correctly in order for him to impact and touch us. He is the Cosmic Christ, the Eternal Word that holds all things together – including these brain cells that are trying to sort him out.
It’s more important that we allow him to sort us –
which is exactly what he has been doing on these shores of the Gospel of John.
Which “signpost” from your journey through the Gospel of John has most impacted you? Why?
Lord, thank you for encountering me on these shores of John’s Gospel. Give me the courage and heart now to follow you – to take the boat of my life out into the deep and to lower my nets on the right side of the boat for a catch – and let me be caught too! Through your abundant mercies.