Why do people write books? History is recorded to inform. A biography may inspire. Fiction is written to entertain. Poetry can sing to the senses. How-to books of all sorts teach and equip. The apostle John was very clear about his purpose in writing about Jesus. "These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God." (John 20:31) The Gospel of John (as well as the accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke) testifies about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In the words and works of Jesus we see that He is indeed God’s Son, "the Savior of the world." (John 4:42)
Why do people read books? All the types of books listed above serve their purpose. Why read the Bible? For all the books and all their benefits, NO OTHER BOOK CAN DO WHAT GOD’S WORD DOES. John was also very clear in what the testimony about Jesus means for you. "By believing, you may have life in His name." (John 20:31) This wasn’t John’s conclusion; this wasn’t just wishful thinking of some guy who lived long ago. This was God’s message and promise through many people through the ages. "All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name." (Acts 10:43) Do you see what it means to "have LIFE in His name"? It means the forgiveness of your sins. It means peace with God. It means the promise of eternal life in heaven. This is what it means to know Jesus. So read the Bible. Get to know Jesus. Believe. Live. Now and forever.
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.