It is very interesting to note that the four Gospels recorded multiple accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Scholars believe that Mark was written first and then either Matthew or Luke, and then the last to be written is John.
John 21:25 ended his writings with these inspiring words — “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”
What then can we learn from these last verse of John?
First, we can never under estimate the Christian ministry of writing.
The apostles wrote with the intention of preserving the words and actions of Jesus Christ. They have realized that no person can really remember everything. So, they started writing. They have learned that they knew about the Law of Moses, their kings, and their prophets because these were all written down.
It is good to note that throughout the history of Christianity, people wrote about their faith in Jesus and expounded on the verses of the Bible.
In this age of social media, the challenge is for us to continue writing about Jesus. Let us share our reflections so that others may know Jesus. As John said, there are still a lot of room for books about Jesus.
Second, God will continue to use the written words about Him to convict people.
Let us imagine that the New Testament books were written down about 2,000 years ago. Moses also wrote about 1,300 B.C. So more or less the Old Testament is about 4,000 years old.
In those thousands of years, how many have become Christians because they have read the Bible? We cannot probably count. How many have heard the Word of God preached to them? We cannot also count it. How many are inspired because of Christian books and articles? We cannot estimate the number.
Before you write something, pray that God will inspire you. After you have written something, pray that God will use it to reach others. Let us trust that God will use our written words to be a channel of blessing.
May God bless us all!
Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on
Director, Office of Communications
Central Philippine University