(John 21:25), " And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen."
In our first two devotions on "why John didn't write about all the works that Jesus did", we saw first that John didn't write nor could He write all the things that should be written concerning the works that Jesus did because of "the greatness of God" and the world could not contain the books if they were to be written.
In part two of this devotional thought, we seen the second reason that "John didn't write about all the works that Jesus did" was because of "the goal of God." In John's gospel, John only selected seven of the many miracles that Jesus did to establish the truth of the divinity and the deity of Jesus Christ, that He was absolute total God living in a human body. He was not half-God and half-man, but He was total God and total man all at the same time. And as the Son of God, Jesus is the Saviour of the world for all who will believe.
In this devotion we come to the third and final reason that "John did not write about all the works that Jesus did" which is:
- JOHN DIDN’T WRITE ABOUT ALL THE WORKS JESUS DID BECAUSE OF THE GRACE OF GOD
(Ephesians 2:8-9), " For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
One of the most loved hymns of all times is, “Amazing Grace.” And God’s grace is amazing. And the grace of God was seen in the works of Jesus during His earthly ministry, but John did write about all the works of Jesus because one of the things about Jesus is, there is no limit to His grace. Everything about God’s grace is not written in the gospel of John and if we were to write everything there is about God’s grace in books, the world could not contain the books that could be written because God’s Grace is truly amazing.
The amazing grace of God Explained – Grace is the unearned, unmerited, free mercy of God bestowed upon undeserving sinners.
The amazing grace of God Expressed – When man sinned in the Garden of Eden, man fell under the curse of God. For man to be redeemed a man had to die; but not just any man would do. The One who died would have to be a perfect man; without any sin. God, knowing our need and our inability to do anything about our sin, provided a perfect substitute, a perfect sacrifice. He gave us none other than His own dear, darling Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who was born into this world of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on an old rugged cross to pay our sin debt, and rose from the dead on third day according to the Scriptures. In God sending His Son to die for our sins, God was expressing His grace to us, because we did not deserve what Jesus did for us. It was purely an act of grace and mercy on God’s part. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. And we got both of these in God sending His Son to die for our sins and in raising Him from the dead.
The amazing Grace of god Extended – It is God’s will that everyone be saved. And God’s grace for salvation is available to every man, woman, boy, or girl, who has ever lived, are living, or will live. And it doesn’t matter how good or how bad they are, God’s grace can save and forgive them. No one has sinned so much that they can’t be saved if they will receive God’s grace and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Throughout history God’s grace has been extended to murderers, thieves, adulterers, dope heads, drunks, prostitutes, devil worshippers, sodomites, and the list goes on including, lost church members. God's grace is available to all who will receive it.
The songwriter in writing about the grace of God put it this way:
The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.
When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.
God is so great that the world cannot contain Him. God is so great that if all the books that could be written about Him were written, the world could not contain them. God is so great that He cannot be contained, but yet He is so small He can live within the heart of the saved.
You can be forgiven of your sins and be saved today if you will turn from your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.
Have you believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour and received the forgiveness of your sins? The Bible tells us; in order for us to go to heaven when we die we must be saved and forgiven of our sins. This called the new birth in (John 3:3), " Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:5), "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."
Have you been born again? Have you asked God to forgive you of your sins and invited Jesus Christ into your heart as your Saviour. God loves you and God wants to forgive you of your sins and save you. I encourage you today, if you have never been saved, turn to God right now and tell Him that you know that you have sinned against Him, and that you believe that Jesus Christ, His Son, died for your sins, was buried, and rose again the third day. Then turn to God in faith and ask God to forgive you of your sins and ask Jesus to save you and to come into your heart as your Saviour.
Pastor Allen Jackson