April 24, 2014

A Disciple's Purpose

John 20:30-31

These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Mes-siah, the Son of God … .
—John 20:31


The apostle John has recorded what he has witnessed and experienced of Jesus’ mission here on earth. John has written down many—but not all—of Jesus’ words, teachings, and miracles (or “signs”). But John isn’t reporting these things as a hobby, as a news reporter, or even as a historian. John states that his purpose for writing is “that you may believe.”

The book of John is one of the most translated books in history. Missionaries who translate the Bible into other languages often begin with the Gospel of John because it so clearly delivers the saving truth, in story form, to those who read it. But John’s message is much more than a story to be read and then set aside. Rather, it is aimed directly at people’s hearts and promises abundant and eternal life! In believing John’s message about Jesus, you are assured of God’s love and forgiveness, and you are equipped to live as God’s child.

It’s almost as if John is looking down a corridor leading into the future, and what he sees at the end is your face. The message is for you. Jesus loves you. Jesus came to earth and died for you. Jesus arose from the dead for you.

Believe! And have life in his name!

Almighty God, thank you for John’s message about the saving work of Jesus. Help me to believe that the message is for me and to embrace the abundant life Jesus offers. In his name, Amen.

About the author — Ruth Boven

Ruth Boven serves as minister of congregational life at LaGrave Ave. CRC in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She and her husband, Greg, have two adult children. They find rich purpose in urban ministry and delight in enjoying the wonders of God's good creation.

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