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)
The Story Of Jesus Cannot Be Contained
Abraham Lincoln is one of the great historical characters that much has been written to define his place in history. As the 16th President of the United States, Lincoln came upon the pages of human history at a pivotal place as an American statesman. It has been suggested that more than 15,000 books have been written about Lincoln. His story is still debated and discussed during one of the most challenging moral and constitutional times in American history. The story of Abraham Lincoln has a lot of value to it, but his life is of little significance for most people of the world. As good a man as Lincoln tried to be, and while his leadership may have saved the young nation from total destruction, the story of the man from a log cabin in the frontier of Indiana cannot change the lives of every human being on earth.
Jesus Christ is the greatest personality in man’s history, and denying the impact of the man born in a small town outside of Jerusalem is futile. Throughout the annals of history, no one individual has changed the world as Jesus. His appearance on earth measures time. The story of Jesus has been retold, reprinted, and reproduced more than any story in the history of mankind. What is more remarkable about the life of Jesus is that only a small portion of His life is written down containing less than three years of a life spanning three decades. From this small fragment of life, the world changed and continues to change. The name of Jesus has molded the face of the destiny of humankind. Wars have been fought in His name, nations created based on His teachings, and faiths established on His words. There are no pictures of the man Jesus, few details to His physical character, and no remaining family genealogical identifications. And yet, this man changes the lives of men daily.
John, the apostle, knew Jesus more than most men. He became one of the closest companions of Jesus as the inner circle, including Peter and James. John’s gospel contains about twenty days in the life of Christ with a profound message of the divine nature of the carpenter’s son from Nazareth. Three other gospels are preserved for prosperity with the writings of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. At the conclusion of his story of Jesus Christ, John recognizes that if everything known about Jesus were written down, even the world itself could not contain the books written. This was not a piece of literary prose to impress the reader but the full realization that there was not enough ink or parchment to describe the life of Jesus in the short life of Jesus. If the sky were made of paper, and all the trees of the forest pens, and every man a scribe by trade, the world could not contain the story of Jesus Christ.
The story of Jesus was written to change the hearts of all men. There are no limitations to the story of Jesus. For two thousand years, His life has changed men of every language, every culture, and walk of life. There is no single man that can change the heart of the world like Jesus. His life story has been produced in more languages and remains the most prolific selling book in humanity’s history. Atheists like Voltaire, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, and Stephen Hawking tried to destroy the life of Jesus and failed miserably. Denying Jesus has never taken His story away. He will remain as the one life that fills the world. John affirms the reason the story of Jesus was written: “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.”