So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. . .
John 21:1-19, 24-25
This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. 25But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
I've told you many times in this sermon that I love this epilogue. I do. But do you know what I might love the most about it? Most scholars believe that this epilogue was written by a person or a set or people who represented a community - a community that had immersed itself in the stories and theological language of the Gospel of John. And the words of this community close the Gospel of John by telling us that the story is still being told, and that if we could possibly write down all the stories of Jesus' presence and ministry among us, the whole world could not contain the volumes that would exist! That’s probably what I love most. Jesus asks, “Do you love me?” “Then feed my lambs.” “Get out there and love with a Love that rewrites the world’s story! Be my story! Be a ministry of reconciliation in this world.”