Our preaching team just finished almost 10 months of preaching from the Gospel According to John. In over forty years of preaching this was the longest sermon series in which I have been involved. It was broken up a little by a couple of short series on different subjects. Special days of the year, like Easter, deserve special attention and so we took a break from John for them. All in all, it was good to mine the riches of John’s account of Jesus’ life. He gives a unique and vital perspective.
Sunday as we finished the series we read the last couple of verses from John 20 where he says, “The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 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.” (NLT) John wrote these things that the believers “may continue to believe.” Was his intended audience those who already knew about the Lord?
Why would believers need to hear again about the life of Jesus? Well, we know that John wrote many years after the other three gospel writers. We know he was allowed to live longer than most of the other disciples. Perhaps he realized (by the Holy Spirit’s prompting) that as time goes on we need to hear the old story that “. . .God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son” so that believers might have eternal life—over and over again.
John tells us again—every time we read His Gospel—just how much God loves us. He tells us what Jesus went through to make salvation possible for all who believe. That helps us to keep on believing until He comes again; and, by believing we have the power to live lives that bring glory to God while on this sin stained earth.
Our God sure is wise.