Today is our last day in the Gospel of John. Since the “Word Became Flesh” dwelt among us and began his first work he has said, “my hour has not yet come”. Years later that hour came. He was betrayed, arrested, crucified, died and now has risen from the dead. He showed up to his frightened disciples, sends them out with the power of the Spirit, and then John 20 ends with those great summarizing words of 20:30-31. It seems a fitting end. But the Gospel continues for one more chapter.
Jesus shows up one more time. The disciples are back at their regular work- fishing. They recognize Jesus and half of the final chapter of John seems to be about breakfast. Matthew ends with the Great Commission. Mark ends with the disciples fleeing the empty tomb saying nothing “to anyone for the were afraid”. Luke ends with Jesus ascending into heaven. John, the Gospel about signs and wonders, ends with breakfast. It then moves into a post-breakfast conversation with Peter reinstating him from his denial of Jesus just prior to the crucifixion. John ends with a very calm and common scene: Breakfast and conversation. But in it is also a forward to the struggle the disciples will soon have. In this very common scene is a set up for the sequel: The Book of Acts. This story is not done. God is not done. God’s redemptive work in the world has a long way to go and Peter and the remaining disciples will lead the charge. It will not be easy. It will not be common. It will not be routine. But they will, by the power of the Spirit, change the world.
In the beginning was the Word… and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. That is, the full expression of who God is became a human and lived with us. We will never get to the end of God and God’s work in this world. If Jesus is the full expression of who God is in the flesh, then it stands to reason that his work in this world consisted of infinitely more than any human could even observe, let alone record. This is still true today. In a broken and hurting world, and in our often broken and hurting lives, we often ask the question, “where is God?”. God is working. God is working in ways we don’t even see, let alone are able to talk about. God’s work is still big enough that world itself cannot contain the books that could be written. Thanks be to God.