Today’s Reading: John 20:30-31 (NIV)
30 Jesus did many other miraculous things in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.
In 1941, H. A. and Margret Rey published a series of children’s stories about a little monkey named Curious George. What child is not enamored with the antics of this happy chimpanzee? People of all ages and stages in life find an affinity to our hairy little friend, as he experiences life in a great big world. Curiosity continually keeps me seeking and growing; prompting me to learn something new each day. George’s inquisitive spirit and determination can be found in the hearts and lives of his creators. The Reys found themselves in imminent danger, living in Europe during Hitler’s reign of terror. Both were Jews, living under close scrutiny of the Nazis. They escaped Paris just before the city was seized, riding out of the country on two make-shift bicycles. At the French-Spanish border, they sold their cycles in exchange for train fare and traveled into Brazil and then on to New York City, where they began to market their first five manuscripts. Our world is a fascinating place to live. We can see the wonder when we look through the eyes of our curious little friend George.
I sense the same wonder and excitement when I look at Jesus through the eyes of the disciples. The disciple whom Jesus loved wrote these fascinating words: Jesus did many other miraculous things in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name. Don’t you wonder what else Jesus did? I find my soul screaming, “Tell me more! Don’t stop now! I want to hear every detail, and experience each miracle and every word through your written testimony.” I think the author is saying to this reader that it is not nearly as important to know every detail of Jesus’ life and ministry; as it is to simply believe. When we come into the knowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, we receive new life in His name. And this is Good News for a day like today!
Curiosity is a wonderful thing. We can get lost in the details and miss the reason if we are not careful. Jesus longs for us to seek Him out as we experience life. More important than knowing everything He said and did is in knowing He is our Lord.
Just how curious are you about Jesus Christ? His Word never ends. You can live on forever in His holy presence IF you are willing to believe, repent, and receive Him as your personal Savior today.
Grace and peace,
Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO
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