Today’s passage: John 20
I think we’re finally ready to wrap up our survey of John. Based on the passages we’ve looked at and the themes of his book, if asked to articulate the gospel in more than a few sentences, I think John would put it something like this:
Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, put death to death on the cross and gave his life in order to give us life.
And he didn’t stay dead, either, which is where today’s passage, the entirety of John 20 comes in. It’s John’s account of Mary Magdalene and the disciples discovering the empty tomb, and Jesus’ post-death appearances. Death doesn’t get the last word. The Word gets the last word.
But the fact of the matter is that John didn’t articulate the gospel in just a few sentences. None of the gospel authors did, although they certainly could have. Why is that? For the answer, I turn to John 20:30-31:
Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
Jesus’ life was and is full of all kinds of amazing good things, and the gospel authors wanted to share as much of that goodness that they and those around them had experienced. Jesus gives life, and you can discover the richness of the life he gives when you trust that he is the Messiah, God’s son. If you haven’t already, accept his gift, turn around from everything dying in your old world, and start living in the light of his life.
And that ties a bow on the “Gospel According to…” series. What will I do next? I have a few ideas, but if you’d like to see me read a particular book or tackle a certain topic, please leave a comment! If your idea is better than mine, I will do it next, because I like good things.
For today’s chocolate I’m back to the Endangered Species dark mint. When I first started in on the Endangered Species bar, I neglected to mention that it was an Easter gift from my mom. Thanks, Mom! I always welcome gifts of new chocolate for me to try, as well as financial contributions to support my chocolate habit. Okay, shill’s over, I’ll see you guys tomorrow.