What Jesus Did! 'Too Big for the World' — John 21:24-25

Saturday, December 31, 2022

This disciple [John] is the one who testifies to these events and has recorded them here. And we know that his account of these things is accurate.

Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.

— John 21:24-25 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus' greatness is too big for the world to contain. Why? Because Jesus did many great deeds when he was here. He also is continuing to do those great deeds through his people and for the people of the world. But even though the world could not contain a book that recorded all the good things that Jesus did, Jesus did walk on our planet, look up at our stars, and face our mortal frailties so we could see God. Why? Three reasons are especially important to John:
  1. Jesus loves us, as does his Father.
  2. We need Jesus' love, mercy, grace, example, message, and truth.
  3. The Father wanted Jesus to come and reveal himself to us.
So as we come to the end of the year and to the end of this Gospel, let's never forget that we are loved, that we need Jesus, and that Jesus did what he did to honor the Father and offer us victory. Those are pretty good things with which to end the year. They are also excellent things with which to begin the new one! God bless you as you seek to know and to follow the Lord Jesus in the New Year ahead.

Today's Prayer

Father, as I finish this year, I know there are ways I have failed you. However, dear Father, I also know that you have moved me closer to you through a deeper knowledge of your Son and closer walk with him. I look forward to the Spirit's transforming work in me in the year ahead and trust that you will continue that work in me until you call me home. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philippians 1:6
  • Philippians 2:13
  • 2 Corinthians 3:17-18


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Illustration of John 21:24-25 NLT —  If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.