Ink dripped onto the scroll.
Followed by another drop. And then another, creating a big, black splotch. It was dark, and the small chamber was lit by a few candles. Using the sleeve of his robe, he attempted to wipe away the ink splatter.
He was hesitating.
Should he say more? Did he need to say more? What did the people need to know?
He had thought he was done so many times, before the Spirit of God urged him to add more. Another teaching. Another healing. Another moment. Wouldn't it just be better if he recorded it all?
He already knew the answer to that question.
There was just too much.
Jesus had done so much for so many people. How could he possibly record it all? There were so many things he hadn't even seen! There was no way one book could contain it all. Truthfully, he didn't think there was a way for the world to contain the number of books that would need to be written to describe all that Jesus had done.
So he would have to stick to this one, because it was the one that God had told and guided him to write.
However, he had another feeling that even this wasn't the end of Jesus legacy.
Based on John 21:25
"Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." John 21:25
I'm a writer, avid reader, and something of a obsessive book buyer. This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible because it talks about books. Just the thought of all the books that could be written recounting all the things Jesus did makes me border-line insane with giddiness! We truly see so little of Jesus' three year ministry, even though we know He was surrounded by people constantly. All the conversations we didn't hear... All the people we didn't see healed... All the teachings we didn't get to read...
I don't say any of this to complain about what we've got. I'm saying how incredible is it that Jesus did so much awesome stuff, that there was no way to include all of it in the Bible. Some people have a few hundred books written about them, but that's the best it gets for even the most extraordinary human.
What an awesome legacy!
"We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done." Psalm 78:4
But He's not even close to done. He's not done doing awesome things for his people, and my question is this: are we helping to share what God is doing? We are followers of Jesus. Disciples. Christians. Jesus freaks. Whatever term you want to use, we are the product of Jesus' ministry. We are part of His legacy. Are we sharing the amazing things God is doing in and through us? Or are we letting those amazing stories die with us?
Are we sharing His never-ending legacy?
V. Joy Palmer