Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 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.
The Reason the Bible Exists
Why did John write his Gospel? For that matter, why does the whole Bible exist? Today’s passage gives this answer: to bring you to faith in Jesus.
John’s Gospel is the eyewitness testimony of John. He didn’t make it up. He saw it with his own eyes. He lived it. Then he wrote down what he saw so that the Holy Spirit would use it to bring you to faith.
Why is this important to know? Many people assume that the Bible is a collection of religious fiction. They say that if you believe that Jesus actually performed miraculous signs and that he factually rose from the dead, then your brain must be mush because those things do not happen.
But the Bible presents itself as a factual book that was written to give people faith. You probably do not realize how much importance you place on eyewitness testimony. In the courtroom, eyewitness testimony is the difference between whether someone is pronounced guilty or innocent. Reporters cover events with eyewitness accounts of what happened. For a claim to be taken seriously—in Bible times or our times—eyewitness testimony is important.
The apostles witnessed Jesus’ miracles. They saw him crucified and risen. They knew he was dead, and then they saw him alive. Their eyewitness testimony has been handed down to you so that you can know who Jesus is and what he has done—that he is God in the flesh who died on the cross to take away your sins and rose from the dead to guarantee your salvation.
And their testimony was written not only to tell you what happened but also so that the Holy Spirit would work through it and you would have eternal life in Jesus’ name. What a blessing! You do not have to guess or try to figure out what God did or when he did it. It is given to you in his Word.
Son of God, I praise you for giving me eternal life. Amen.