December 18, 2020 – Friday
John 20:30-31 NIV
30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this book.
31 But these are written that you may believe* that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.
* or continue to believe
Yesterday, Thursday, we looked at verses 24-29 where we discovered Jesus said those who believe and have not seen Jesus in the flesh as Thomas did are blessed. Of course, that blessing includes us. Today chapter 20 concludes with the two verses above.
Question: To whom were those two verses written? Clearly not for the disciples, including Thomas, as they were there with Jesus and believed. So, for what purpose were they written? I believe they were written for all the believers who would follow without ever seeing or meeting Jesus in the flesh.
John wants us to know Jesus performed many miracles beyond those recorded in his gospel. In fact, in the next chapter John tells us (21:25), Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. While I think John used a bit of exaggeration there, I believe if all of Jesus’ miracles were written down, we would need a number of books to list them all. Either way, John’s point is clear. What we have in the New Testament is, but a smattering of all the miracles and signs Jesus performed in the presence of His disciples. When we look at what we know He did, what we believe, John wants us to know there was more, much much more.
Then John tells us, and all those who came before us and those will come after us, the miracles and signs that are recorded are done so with a singular purpose in mind, [T]hese are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name. John is intent on what we should believe if we believe Jesus did in fact perform the miracles we are told of in the writings of the gospels. First, we are to understand and believe Jesus is the Messiah and as the Messiah He is the Son of God. Next, because we believe, by our believing we can have eternal life in His name. Or as The Passion Translation (TPT) says in 20:31, [A]ll that is recorded here is so that you will fully believe that Jesus is the Anointed One, the Son of God, and that through your faith in Him you will experience eternal life by the power of his name!
To me these last two verses, and especially the last one, are explaining the blessing Jesus said we have for believing without having seen or met Him in the flesh as Thomas and His disciples did. Our blessing for believing and our faith in Him is eternal life in heaven through the power of His name.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – Thank You for all the blessings that come our way for believing and following Your Son, Jesus the Christ. You have blessed us mightily in so many ways, but nothing exceeds the blessing of knowing Jesus as our Lord and Savior. – Thus, it is in Jesus name we pray. Amen.