After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them.
Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”
Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
If you ignore the heading breaks you really appreciate the context of John explaining why he wrote down the whole “Gospel of John.”
He wrote it so that you, dear reader, would believe that Jesus is the Christ (the chosen and anointed one from God) and that believing, you would have life (eternal and full and perfect) in His name (His authority, life, and power!).
He says all of that right after he talks about Thomas, who wouldn’t believe unless he saw Jesus face to face, felt the scars and saw the wounds. John knew that there would be a lot more of us that never saw Jesus than those that saw Jesus. He knew that there would be a lot of us blessed by believing and never seeing.
So he wrote down the Gospel.
With a context and intent like that, doesn’t that motivate us to read it more? What if by reading the Gospels, the results that John hoped for actually happened?
- you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God;
- and that believing you may have life in His name.
It’s on! Let’s do it!