John 21:24 This is the disciple who is giving evidence of these things and who wrote them down. We know that his evidence is true.
John 21:25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which, if every one of them were written down, I suppose not even the world itself could have room for the books that would be written.
Scripture is enough
As I conclude my reflections on this wonderful Gospel record, I think about that interesting phrase “many other things.” Luke had been concerned to provide a careful and accurate history of Jesus’ activity. But John actually tells his readers here that he has left a lot of material out.
There is something uncomfortable about that confession. I find myself asking about all the miracles Jesus did that were not enscripturated. What about his sermons that never made it into print? How many conversations did he have which changed people, but were never recorded?
We do not have the whole story. But the story we have is true. We have to trust that what God has breathed out into scripture form is what we need to know until we can see him face to face.
Lord, thank you for the marvelous gift of inspired scripture. It does not tell us everything, but it tells us enough.