John, Apostle and Evangelist – John 21:20-25
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 21:25, NLT)
Have you ever read this passage and wondered what sorts of other things Jesus might have done while he walked among us? How many others were healed? How many demons were cast out of the world? How many other profound teachings were never recorded by John or any of the other evangelists? It is an incredible thing to ponder how much of Jesus’ remarkable life has been lost to history. The stories recorded in the Gospels are amazing enough. They have helped to bring billions of people to faith throughout the centuries. God only knows if the story of Christ could have been preserved if it were not for Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John, and for the care that they took to share the message about Jesus so that it could be passed down from generation to generation. As we continue to celebrate the birth of Christ and to ponder all that it means for us, let us give thanks for the work and witness of John the Evangelist, who shared what he knew of Christ so that we might come to believe in him!
Merciful God, through John the apostle and evangelist you have revealed the mysteries of your Word made flesh. Let the brightness of your light shine on your church, so that all your people, instructed in the holy gospel, may walk in the light of your truth and attain eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (From Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 54)
– Pr. Andrew Chavanak, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA)