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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday November 29, John 21.20-25

John 21.20-25

20Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” 22Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!” 23So the rumor spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?” 24This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. 25But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. The End

Thoughts:  For some reason these final verses of John's gospel seem unfulfilling.  Obviously there was some rumor about the death of the beloved disciple that this Gospel wanted to address; but it seems to interfere with what has been said thus far.  The final line is an important reminder, not everything that Jesus has said or done has been written down.   There is much more that we don't know about Jesus than we do know.  But John ends his Gospel confident that we have enough to enact the purpose of his bring us to faith.   I hope you've enjoyed the discipline of reading in John's Gospel and that you like Nicodemus find yourself on a journey toward the light.  Alleluia, Amen!
Questions:  What is the one thing you wish John had written about in regards to Jesus life?

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