The ministry of Jesus Christ was only about three years, but in that time he was on a continuous mission that had no boundaries. Other than His time spent eating and sleeping, Jesus was performing miracles, teaching, and healing non-stop. Over a period of roughly a thousand days, Jesus was tirelessly doing His work probably as much as sixteen or eighteen hours a day. He literally had time to perform thousands of miracles beyond the 40 or so that are recorded in the gospels.
If you’re a follower of Jesus Christ, you’ve likely read all four gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Somehow this limited account of the life and ministry of Jesus has convinced you that He is the Son of God and worthy to be worshiped as your Lord and Savior. You’ve accepted his gift of salvation for your sin, through His death and resurrection, and you have rested in the knowledge that you will have eternal life with Him. The story of Jesus is awe-inspiring. There is no other message that even comes close to the importance of the story of Christ. Yet we have only heard a tiny fraction of the thousands of things He accomplished in His time spent here on earth.
“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” John 21:25 (NIV)
If you have a good job and you want to build a nest egg for retirement 30 years from now, you can invest a fraction of your income, $800 dollars a month, in a compound interest account at 8% interest, and in 30 years you will have a million dollars. It only takes five drops of chlorine to purify a quart of water. You can grow an entire apple tree from one seed of an apple. You will need to follow some very specific steps to germinate that seed, but you won’t need to know how to actually make it grow a trunk, branches, leaves, and apples – all you need to know is how to get that seed started – God does the rest. Your salvation is also a complicated process that is grown from a seed of knowledge that, when mature, produces good fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). The gospel gives you all the information you need to get the seed started – then God does the rest. We may never know how God gets the trunk, branches, and apples to grow and we don’t need to know that to fully enjoy their delicious goodness. Sometimes a fraction is all you need.
“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31 (NIV)
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