“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 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.” John 20:30-31.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; John 19-21.
The purpose of the Bible is to acquaint the reader with Jesus and to encourage the reader to believe that Jesus took care of his/her sin problem.
Paul described the core of his messages as; explanations of who Jesus is and of what Jesus has done.
Yet so many misunderstand. Why? Jesus is too complex. He is the One with children nearby as well as the One overturning tables in the Temple.
Many respect Him as a teacher but are offended by some of His teachings. He doesn’t have a good word for everyone. He calls people names.
Misunderstanding who Jesus is would be one thing but missing the importance of His death and resurrection has after-life relevance. We are sinners destined, as a result, for an after-life apart from God. However, God offered a solution: He would end our sin problem. And He did, as Jesus died in our places for our sins.
Our “believing” part is to believe that Jesus did die for our heaven-separating sins. Sounds simple but so many stumble over the simplicity and opt to believe that some other way will work instead.
They make me think of Naaman. The leper leader was offered a simple cure for his leprosy by Elisha. Naaman was insulted by such a simple cure. And many in our day would rather try to “heavy lift” their way to an after-life with God.
“Lord, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for “moving into the neighborhood.” Thank You for solving my sin problem. I am in the clear on Judgment Day thanks to You. I love You, Father.”
The Bible is a wonderful guide.