John 20:31: “These things are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
This verse has given me a lot of insight into the different passages that we read about Jesus throughout the gospels. I have always wondered why we don’t get more stories and details about Jesus’ life in the Bible—but as you read John 20:31, I think we have a pretty straightforward answer. The apostles chose the encounters with Jesus that they included in their gospels so that we could see two things in every moment: Jesus proves that he is truly the Son of God, and if we believe that truth, he is offering us eternal life through his resurrection. What each moment with Jesus calls us to do is recognize these things and respond to them—Jesus is confronting the people in the stories (and those who read them) with a choice: Will you trust that Jesus is God and rely on him to cleanse you of sin and lead you into eternal life?