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"The Purpose of (Your) Gospel"

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"The Purpose of (Your) Gospel"

by Josh Caudill

"The Purpose of John's Gospel"

This is the heading given to the last two verses of the twentieth chapter of the book of John in the NIV. It precedes this passage:

"Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name."

John reminds us that the events recorded in his Gospel are a small selection of the miracles he witnessed. John did not attempt to write a comprehensive history of the life of Jesus. Instead, he had a mission. He had a calling. So, he composed a collection of stories with a particular purpose: to help his audience believe Jesus' message, and, in doing so, to have life.

John's Gospel was his telling of the Good News of Jesus. His telling of this Good News includes some stories and leaves other stories out entirely. Each day we, too, make decisions about our words and our actions that tell a story to the world. In your life, how do you tell this Good News story?

In other words: what is the purpose of your Gospel? John tells us exactly what the purpose of his Gospel is. What is the Good News that you are telling today, and how are you telling it?

We celebrated Easter yesterday, and Andy and Paul have urged us to think about Easter as a celebration every day. Today, Christ is still risen. Amen!

How do we celebrate this continual resurrection? How do we share the message of this new life that we get to experience daily?

He is risen; He is risen indeed. He is risen in you and in me.

May your Gospel be a message of new life through our risen King.

Grace & Peace
Josh Caudill