Bible Reading: John 20:30-31; 21:24-25
Have you ever read something, and thought that I wish I had written that? I thought that recently when I was reading a book entitled “Relentless” by John Bevere. It was so powerful that I wrote, “Wow!” in the margin, and continued to read this book and have been so blessed by it. Today I want to share what John Bevere wrote:
“The apostle John made a strong statement to all of us who are part of Christ’s body: “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Christ did [1 John 2:6 NLT].
Jesus had already asserted this when said, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” [John 20:21]. As Jesus ruled, so He wants us to rule. When the storm came to destroy Jesus and His staff, He spoke to the wind, and the sea, and they obeyed Him. When He needed food for the masses in the wilderness, He multiplied the little they had and fed thousands, with more food left over than when they started. When He had no boat and needed to cross the sea, He walked on the water. When the wine supply ran out at the wedding, He turned water into wine. He caused a fig tree to shrivel and die with the spoken words of His mouth. He put an ear back on an assailant who’d lost it by the edge of a sword. He cleansed those who were diseased, made the blind see, the deaf hear, and the lame walk. None of these earthly challenges were a match for the One who ruled in life.
Demon-inspired men didn’t intimidate Him; He had an answer to stop their opposing words in every confrontation. Evil rulers couldn’t catch Him. Angry crowds couldn’t push Him off the brow of a hill; He just walked right through their midst. Demon-possessed people didn’t scare Him; He just freed them. The list is almost endless, for as John summarised at the close of his account of Jesus’ life, “Truly Jesus did many signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book…. If they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written [John 20:30; 21:25].” [“Relentless”, by John Bevere, page 24. It is available from bookshops and also on line from amazon.com].
I cannot think of a more powerful way to end our series on John’s Gospel than this powerful statement. It challenges me personally, and I trust that it is a challenge to you also.
We come to the end of the blog series on John’s Gospel, and having written blogs for more than two years on a daily basis, I have decided to take a break for a few weeks, beginning again in late November with a new series. I may write an occasional blog if something has really blessed me in the meantime.
I have two requests of you. I would like to find an established Christian publisher who would put this devotional series into book form for wider circulation. If anyone knows someone who could help me with this then please do contact me.
Secondly, I would love to hear from you if these blogs have blessed you. Write a comment below this post (Or any other post you have enjoyed). Thank you.