Daily Truth: “And there are also many things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” John 21:25
Did you know there were 1,052,803 books published in 2009 and approximately 3,000,000 books published in 2011? (These statistics are from Bowkers, the company in the U.S., that issue ISBN numbers.) Google actually counted the number of books in existence and as of August 5, 2010 there were 129,864,880 books in print. Yet, “the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” of all that Jesus did while on earth.
All the things that Jesus did if written in books would fill the earth. That is a huge statement. How big is the earth you ask? The circumference at the equator is 24,901 miles. (One of those facts remembered from grade school.) And yet, “the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” of all that Jesus did while on earth.
Are you getting the picture? It is mind boggling to think of how much Jesus did in three years. His compassion was great! His love was deep! He could not but help those around him.
When we teach our children about Jesus feeding the 5,000, turning water into wine, meeting the woman at the well, healing the sick, blind, deaf and lame, and raising the dead we are just telling about a few of Jesus’s miracles and teachings. Remember, “the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” Do not lose the enthusiasum and wonder of a child. Get amazed at what the Lord Jesus Christ did! Share that love, compassion and amazment with the children in your life.
We do not need to wonder what was not included in the Bible because God has included just the right teachings and miracles for us to know and learn. Matthew 5:18 tells us that “no jot or tittle shall in no way pass from the law, until all be fulfilled.” Everything written in the Bible is for a purpose. How good it is that God inspired holy men of God to write about Himself and His Son, Jesus Christ, all in one book, the Bible. Can you imagine needing to read thousands of books to understand the character of God, His plan of salvation, Jesus’s miracles, how to live with one another, and all the other many things God teaches us through His Word? God is so good to us.
And yet, “the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” of all that Jesus did while on earth. How wonderful it is to think about Jesus’s great compassion for the people around him. Not only in the time he walked this earth but the eternal home He is preparing for those who believe in Him. Jesus gave His life for us that we may live with Him in eternity. His compassion was and is too great to fathom. It is also too great to record in volumes of books. Truly amazing!
Share this concept with a young child, especially a visual learner. Try going to your city library and pointing out all the books and then discussing that all that Jesus did while on earth could not even be held in that library. Check out Truths for Tots Pinterest board on Books and Libraries to get another visual on large collections of books.
Also, check out Truths for Tots Pinterest board on Children’s Books that Point to Jesus.
Remember, “And there are also many things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” John 21:25
Until the next “Truth” sharing moment,