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. – John 21.25From Helen Machell:
For the last few weeks in Gospel Rock, we have been looking at what happened to Jesus after the crucifixion and resurrection. It has been wonderful looking at the last 40 days of Jesus’ life on earth in one go. We looked at the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus ascending to heaven, and the catching of fish, breakfast with Jesus and Jesus talking with Peter. One of the many things that struck me was the verse above: Jesus did many other things AS WELL!!!!!! He had already done so many things that were written down but there were many more. There are already 250 different parts to Jesus’ story, I wonder how many more there were and what they were.
Sadly, I have been to many funerals in my life. My first was that of a very much loved great grandma at age 8. My favourite part of a funeral has always been hearing about the life of the person and how they have served their family, community and wonderfully, in many cases, the Lord Jesus.
As I was watching the funeral of the late Duke of Edinburgh, I felt it was missing one part: the story, the anecdotes of his life, his achievements, of which I’m sure there were many. I wanted to hear about the man, not the title. This is exactly what we get in the Bible – we are privileged to have a book that gives us the story of Jesus. It tells us of his life, his friends, his work and his love of others and the world. I love to read and hear stories of events that have happened in the lives of those I love and Jesus is no different. I would also love to know what the stories were that haven’t been written down, but I guess I will have to wait until I get to heaven for that.
What is your story? How woven into Jesus is it? Can you tell others about your story now? Perhaps start with reading the stories of Jesus and maybe one day write your own story down in a book for all to read!