These are the concluding words of the Gospel of John. The apostle John is referring to himself as “the disciple who is testifying of these things and wrote these things.”
This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.
– John 21:24-25
John is wanting to make sure his readers understand that he has only written a fraction of the things that Jesus did. Having been one of the disciples closest to Jesus for the three years of His ministry, John would be in a position to know.
Even if we take all four Gospels into account, we still have only a sampling of what Jesus did for others during those three years of ministry. And this is still true if we take the entirety of the New Testament into consideration. It is clear from the writings we do have, that much more could have been written. In fact, those who have studied the New Testament often find themselves wishing that much more would have been written. (But then we’d be complaining that the volume was too much to take in; we humans are always complaining about something.)
What we have in the New Testament are the writings that the earliest Christians wrote for each other – not for posterity. There are no “To Whom It May Concern” letters in the New Testament – nothing that would qualify as suitable for a time capsule to be opened only in centuries after the first one.
Neither is there any “New Testament consciousness” apparent in these writings. That is, there’s no sign that they were trying to write a “New Testament.” They acted as if the Old Testament contained all the scriptures they needed; what they wrote was for the practical use of people in that age.
I mention all this because it makes these writings all the more credible. It’s as if we “caught” them writing – not that they were trying to convince posterity of anything. As a result, we have all the more reason to be convinced.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, thank You for the New Testament writings preserved for us. Thank You for the truth they tell….(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)