And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (John 20:30-31)
Written In A Book
There is power in what is written down in a book. Oral traditions have carried the stories of men through the ages but lack the evidentiary proof to examine, discuss and read time and again learning the deeper meanings of truth. Writing a story in book form allows the seeker of truth to study carefully the nuances of the person, place and reasons of the story. No tale is as great as the one about God’s Son who came to earth of His own free will to die for the sins of all mankind. Moses writes the first words of the revelation of Christ when he penned, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The apostle John closed the message of the book with “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” What is contained between these pillars of truth is the story of the Son of God. John admits the failure of his own book to contain everything Jesus said in His life, what He did and the powerful miracles proving His deity. Later, the apostle would suggest that if everything known about God on earth were written one by one, the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Sixty-six books making one unified book of testimony reveals the nature of God’s Son.
Books are written to be read. The Bible is a book of books spanning a time as old as the world. Moses tells us of the genesis of man and the world with the beginning of all the nations of men. Ancient stories burst from the pages painting a picture of the glory of God and the failures of men saved by the grace of God. The world is destroyed save eight souls and a promise of hope is given to a man from the Ur of Chaldeans. A new nation is formed by the hand of God that will realize the goodness and severity of God. History is carved through the landscape of one nation leading to the birth of the Son of God in a little town called Bethlehem. His life of thirty some years marks the whole world with the imprint of God’s face. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John reveal the humanity and divinity of Jesus showing Him a Savior for the Jew and the Gentile. These four books are the cornerstone of what is revealed in the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and the remaining twenty-three books of the New Testament. God has chosen sixty-six books to unveil the story of His love to all men; no more and no less. Books. Words written down about Jesus Christ.
The Bible is given to man by the grace of God. Every page reveals Jesus Christ. The whole of the Bible speaks to the character of Jesus Christ. What is contained in these sixty-six books is the same message John reflects upon in his own book. The Bible tells the story of God’s Son so that all men will believe Jesus is the Christ, the Savior, Redeemer and Lord. No other book can make that claim. There is no other truth but the words of the Bible. Only one author composed this grand message and his name is the Lord God Almighty. Reading the words in the book of God will allow man to grace the presence of God and know His will. Knowing the mind of God brings peace, happiness and eternal life. Failure to read the book of books will leave man ignorant of the Lord and helpless. John knew the power of words. He understood the importance of the book. Through the Holy Spirit, the beloved apostle wrote down the story of his Lord, Jesus Christ. Read it to be wise. Read it to be saved.
In books cherubim expand their wings that the soul of the student may ascend and look around from pole to pole … in them the most high and incomprehensible God Himself is contained and worshiped. (Richard de Bury, Philobiblon, 1473)