“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)
We have arrived at our destination. We have arrived at the conclusion of John’s Gospel. Uniquely different in tone and content from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, John presents Jesus as the eternal God: the Word. By his accounts of not only Jesus’ discourses (John 6; 8; 9; 10; 11; 14; 15; 13:1-17:26) but also His miracles (John 5; 6; 9; 11; 20), John testifies that Jesus is the eternal Word which became flesh and dwelt among sinful humanity (John 1:14).
John testifies that all which He has written concerning Jesus is true. He also acknowledges that he has not written everything which could have been written about Jesus. This statement by John acknowledges that ancient biographies did not chronicle every event in a particular subject’s life, but rather only those events which coincided with the author’s thesis statement. John, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, presented those events and discourses which testified that Jesus was, and is, God.
Dr. John MacArthur concludes by saying, “John is a personal witness of the truth of the events that he recorded. The “we” most likely is an editorial device referring only to John (see 1:14; 1 John 1:1–4; 3 John 12), or it may include the collective witness of his apostolic colleagues. John explained that he had been selective rather than exhaustive in his testimony. Although selective, the truth revealed in John’s Gospel is sufficient to bring anyone to faith in the Messiah and Son of God (14:26; 16:13).”
Have you placed your faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ? He alone is the Bread of Life (John 6), the Light of the World (John 8-9), the Door or Gateway to heaven (John 10), the Good Shepherd (John 10), the Resurrection and the Life (John 11), the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14), and the One, True Vine (John 15). He alone is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).
Receive Him today as your Lord and Savior. As John 1:12-13 says, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
May God’s truth and grace reside here.
Soli deo Gloria!