30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.
This is our book. It is not some old ancient volume that is meant to gather dust. It is not a book of spells to be used for blessing and cursing. It is not some how-to book on living the Christian life. John the disciple, who is also John the author, explains the purpose of the Bible, from his eyewitness viewpoint.
John explains that he recorded events in the life of Jesus that are not exhaustive, but representative. There are “many other miraculous signs…”
Jesus did way more things as signs of the connection between heaven and earth. God living amongst his people. But, what is discovered here in the Bible is enough evidence for us to continue putting our trust in Jesus. But, it is more than trust.
What we read in this book, what we experience as the Holy Spirit guides us through these pages, is this.
This is what we are promised. All the power available in the name of Jesus is there for us to receive. And we need it. Because by living the life he intends for us to live, we will be a sign of the joy experienced by the disciples who witness his resurrection.
There has to be more than simply loving life. It is loving life in the power of Jesus. We begin to see what he sees. “As My Father has sent Me, even so I send you.”
The mission of Jesus is to rescue and restore Israel. Through his death and resurrection, the mission is completed. But it is so much more that. Jesus points to this earlier in his life when he speaks to the Samaritan woman.
Jesus tells her, “Salvation, you see, is indeed from the Jews.”
From the Jews into the new creation. Now, we have the same mission as Jesus did, to rescue and restore, but not just Israel. For the whole world. He gives us the Holy Spirit, and with his power, here we go. We are the messengers now. Abundant life. New life. Available for all by the power of his name.
Whom do you know who needs a dose of abundant life? How might you be of service?