John 20 – Purpose
God, open my eyes to see what you have for me this morning, amen.
30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 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.
Books have a purpose. History books can provide you with information and a way to interpret events of the past. Fiction books allow you to explore subjects, emotions, or problems through a story. Cookbooks teach you how to cook. Just as these various genres have a purpose, the Bible and the books in the Bible have a purpose.
The Gospel of John has a purpose and he states it clearly here after announcing the resurrection of Jesus. John writes in order that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. However, John’s purpose is not the goal in and of itself, but rather, John knows that if you believe that Jesus is the Son of God that you will find true life. The purpose is so that you may believe with the goal of getting you to the source of true life, which is the resurrected Jesus. So after reading the gospel, has John achieved his purpose? Do you believe?
Questions to Think Through
-How has the Gospel of John shaped your understanding of Jesus?
-What is your understanding of the purpose of the Bible?
-What sticks out to you about the story of Jesus’ resurrection in John 20?
God, may my belief in you lead me to find true life in you. Help me point others to you so that they may find life in you as well. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.