Why Jesus never wrote a book

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

March/April 2014 Issue – ‘The Great Legacy’

Today’s text for reading and meditation is:

John 8:2-11 (NIV): “At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered round him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’ They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No one, sir,’ she said. ‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’”

Selwyn introduces today’s study, as follows: “As we draw our meditations on ‘The Great Legacy’ to a close it needs to be clear that we have not exhausted the subject by any means. … Throughout the ages people have raised the question: Since Jesus had so much to offer humanity why didn’t He write a book?”

As Selwyn correctly mentions, God did write an account of His relationship with humanity; in general, we have the background of the story covered in the Old Testament; and specifically, we have the unfolding of Jesus’ ministry with His people, as told in a lot of detail, in the New Testament. Selwyn states that ‘the New Testament is essentially the autobiography of Jesus‘.

I think the more we read Scripture, the less likely we are to ask the question: Why didn’t Jesus write a book? Because we know that He, in fact, wrote about His great rescue plan (through men and women), and we (those who follow Jesus) understand the truth of what He has written through the power of His Spirit.

Any comments?