SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 20: John 21:24-25

This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which, if every one of them were written down, I suppose not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written.

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Throughout the Gospel of John, John has referred to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” It was how he viewed himself. It was the basis for his whole identity in this Gospel and it is an incredible foundation for your identity as well. Try it. Like John, because of your personal relationship with Jesus, you know the gospel to be true. Like John, you know that Jesus loves you. So, in prayer, say this of yourself, “I am a disciple whom Jesus loves.” No matter what others say of you, no matter your past failures, and no matter what may come, this will be true of you forever. Trends in what is culturally moral, like trends in what is culturally fashionable, will shift constantly, but God’s love for you will never change. So, build your very identity on this solid rock and never leave, God’s beloved.

Take John’s testimony in verse 24 and make it your own. Testify firsthand to the goodness of Jesus. You know the gospel is true. The Spirit’s redemptive work in your own heart is indisputable. So, stand with indisputable confidence when you call your loved ones to follow Jesus, when you call your co-workers to follow Jesus, and when you instruct your kids and grandkids to follow Jesus. You know the gospel is true, so call others into the hope you have. 

Every new believer is another miracle of Jesus. So, the proverbial “books” John suggests in verse 25 would be unending. How many new believers do you think came into our ancient faith today alone?

Why would John devote his written words to the mission of convincing people rather than acting like an historian who recorded every single miracle of Jesus?

Pray: Ask God to make your yet Christian friend or family member the next indisputable miracle of Jesus by saving him or her.