|And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written
in this book: (31) But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the
Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Many Other Signs
Whether John makes reference to the events that are recorded in the various Gospels which are
not noted in the fourth Gospel, or whether he makes reference to the fact that there are gaps in the
biographical record of Jesus, we do not know. None of the Gospels claims to be a complete
history of all the Jesus did. In fact, the record of all four Gospels only includes about a month of
It is admitted that Jesus did more than is recorded. And, these were actions not taken in a vacuum.
The disciples witnessed these actions. The question is: Why were these …
Not Written in This Book
Why do we not have every event of Jesus’ life?
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
There are many events in the life of Jesus that may be points of curiosity for us, but they are not
necessary for our understanding of who Jesus was, and what He is able to do for us.
Thus, all the pseudo-graphical works which purport to “fill in the gaps,” are unnecessary and
That You Might Believe
The purpose of the Gospels, and of John’s Gospel in particular is to produce faith.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
There is sufficient evidence in the events recorded in the Gospels, and in the Gospel of John.
There is no need for visions, dreams or appearances beyond those which are described.
Luke 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be
persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
As the rich man was instructed, if they will not listen to the Word of God, there is nothing which will
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren
beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through
sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: (14) Whereunto he called you by our gospel,
to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is through the teaching of the apostles and evangelists recorded upon the pages of the New
Testament that we care called to obedient to the faith.
Romans 1:5-6 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith
among all nations, for his name: (6) Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto
salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Christ is the Greek form of Messiah – the Anointed One. It was used of kings who were anointed
with oil in the Old Testament, and became the designation applied to the Holy One of Israel, the
Seed of Promise, the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world. The Gospels are
written to provide evidence sufficient to convince the reader that Jesus of Nazareth was the One
promised in prophecy.
John 1:17, 20, 25, 41; 3:28; 4:25, 29, 42; 9:22; 10:24; 11:27; 12:34; 17:3; 20:31
1 John 1:3, 7; 2:1, 22; 3:23; 4:2, 3; 5:1, 6, 20; 2 John 3, 7, 9
Acts 2:30, 31, 36, 38; 3:6, 18, 20; 4:10, 26; 5:42; 8:5, 12, 37; 9:20, 22, 34; 11:17; 15:11, 26; 16:
18, 31; 17:3; 18:5, 28; 19:4; 20:21; 24:24; 26:23; 28:31
The Son of God
Jesus refers to Himself as “the Son of man” time and time again in the Gospels. But, the
scriptures reveal that Jesus is more than the son of man, He was and is, “the Son of God.” Born of
the virgin, and fathered by God.
The miracles, the teaching, the trials, the crucifixion, and specifically the resurrection showed that
Jesus was the Son of God, much more than a mere son of man.
Acts 3:13, 26; 7:56; 8:37; 9:20.
John 1:18, 34, 49, 51; 3:18, 36; :25; 6:27, 69, 9:35; 10:36; 11:4, 27; 13:31; 19:7
1 John 3:8; 4:9, 15; 5:5, 9, 10, 12, 13, 20
Romans 1:4, 9; 510; 8:3; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 1:19; Galatians 2:2; 4:4, 6, 7;
Ephesians 4:13; Hebrews 1:8; 4:14; 6:6; 7:3; 10:29
Life Through His Name
Throughout his Gospel, John emphasizes again and again that life, eternal life, is found in Jesus.
John 1:14; 3:15, 16, 36; 4:14, 36; 5:24-29, 29-40; 6:27, 33, 35, 40, 47, 48, 51, 53, 54, 63, 68; 8:12;
10:10; 11:25; 12:25, 50; 14:6; 17:2,3.
1 John 1:1, 2; 2:16, 25; 3:14-16; 5:11-13; 16, 20
2 Timothy 1:8-11 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his
prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
(9) Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but
according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world
began, (10) But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath
abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: (11)
Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.