“And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.”John 21:25
I cannot say for certain, but in all probability, I was recommended to read the Gospel of John as the first Book of the Bible after inviting Jesus Christ to become my Savior and Lord. Another probability was that for the first time I became aware of these verses at the end of Chapter 21. “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.” (NASB)
Often, over the course of these 60+ years in the ministry I have encountered many who want to argue over the contents of this sacred book, The Bible. They have referred to it as a compilation of myths, hearsay, etc. Not being an argumentative person, I simply ask if they have read and studied Genesis through Revelation. I have never encountered one who has both read and studied the Bible from cover to cover. The next question of course is quite simple: “Have you a right to have given your opinion or drawn your conclusion without digging through its history or contents.
John, who was present from the beginning of the ministry of Jesus, speaks as a hands on person. He has recorded the Gospel of John, not as hearsay, but as one who has been an observer, listening and seeing the various miracles and sermons, parables, crucifixion, and resurrection encounters – As he says a list that is endless.
I cannot claim to be a theologian or one who dissects every word of the Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic, but I can say that I am satisfied with John’s conclusions concerning Christ. Recall John 1:12 “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the Son’s of God, even to them who believe on His name.”