The Things Which Jesus Did

John 21:25.---' And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.'

It is a curious coincidence that the very next words in our New Testament contain something about 'things which Jesus did.' It is the Book which we call 'Acts of the Apostles.' It is little doubt that the men who wrote the New Testament would have regarded that Book of acts as nothing less than a second volume of the story of Jesus. The writer of this Gospel makes Jesus say that one who believed in Him would do the works that He was doing, and greater works still. 'Greater works than these shall he do, because I am going to the Father.' He was not going away, after all. He went to the Father, 'in whom we live, and move, and have our being.' He was only going away from human weakness into Divine power, from the limitations He submitted to in order to be a real Man, into the unlimited energies of almighty, all knowing Love. No longer was he bound within what a man, even a perfect man, could do. His last word was that He would be with us all the days even unto the end of the age.

It is not only in distant places or times that such things have been done. We can see them any day around us. There are Gospels to tell us where Jesus has been today, Acts of twenty first-century Apostles of the Redeemer, 'living Epistles, known and read of all men,' true messages from the Father in heaven, and many a revelation of the ways of God to men. We cannot take them down from the shelves of a library, but every one of us may read them if we will. And all of them together heap up the proof that the Jesus who died is alive and among us for evermore.

But 'the books that are being written' come still closer to our own lives. There is a Book being written now about every one of us. It tells not of our deeds and words alone, but of our thoughts. And it tells everything, with a completeness and a truth we could never match it if we wrote about ourselves. Each day there is something new set down in that record. And what is written, is written.

And the Day is coming when before the Great White Throne the judgment will be set and the books opened, and the dead will be judged by the things written therein. What will the record be for us? A story of wealth, pleasure, learning, success? We shall have little use for such things then. The one question will be whether our story is a new volume of 'the things that Jesus did.' For if it is, there will be many another yet to be written that will be 'burdened with His name,' and our lives will thus be blessed beyond all thought for evermore. But if we knew of Him and left Him out of our lives, we had better never have been born.

In Christ, timothy. maranatha