Why Didn’t Jesus Write His Own Book Of The Bible? 4 Suggestions
Why didn’t Jesus write a gospel? Why did He leave it up to His closest friends and followers, and their followers?
Answer: I don’t know. Do you?
And though I don’t know an exact answer, I am willing to offer some answers that may matter.
What if Jesus did write “The Gospel of Jesus?” Four Suggestions:
- The rest of the Bible and the Holy Spirit might be minimized. I have read that some Jews or Israelites would elevate certain parts of the Old Testament above others. For example, some assigned to the Pentateuch (The five books of Moses) a greater inspiration than that of the other books of the Old Testament, which in turn led them to treating it as more authoritative. If Jesus wrote a book, would it be treated as more inspired and therefore more authoritative? My guess is that some of His red-letter words have been and even are treated as more special. There is a real problem with this though because it neglects to think of Jesus in the context of the Trinity. Jesus is God, but is not the Holy Spirit the same in essence? When the Spirit inspired the Old Testament and the New (Acts 1:16 and 2 Tim. 3:16), were the other words less inspired than the words of Jesus? Did not the Holy Spirit inspire the words of both Paul and Matthew who wrote the very words of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? Are not all the recorded and special words in the New Testament the words of men, superintended by the Holy Spirit? If we had a gospel penned by Jesus, it might be too tempting for many to have only one book in their Bible. I suspect that God in His infinite wisdom foresaw this and instead trusted it to many imperfect men through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
- It could result in pitting scripture against scripture and author against author. If Jesus wrote His own book we might be prone to neglect something that Paul instructed because Jesus didn’t instruct it. We might want to minimize one narrative because of a narrative written by Jesus. Again, in doing this we wouldn’t just be making Paul small, but the Holy Spirit. The Son of God and the Spirit of God are not at odds with each other.
- The witness of others speaks loud. It’s one thing to write an autobiography and another to have several biographies written about you. It’s one thing to tell people how great you are and it’s another thing altogether to have people want to tell the ends of the earth how great you are. Jesus was so impressive that several men went to great lengths to investigate and meticulously write about His life and teachings. And the bonus of course is that they wrote many of His own words and actions so that we have a saving and sustaining revelation.
- This is leadership and discipleship. Jesus entrusted this work of witness through writing to men He gave His life for and too. This is good leadership. This is delegation. Jesus could have done it, but surely the creator of language and writing could write a compelling and persuasive story. And He did; He did it by pouring His words and and life into others. Some say if you want something done, and done right, then you have to do it yourself. This was critically important and yet Jesus trusted the work of the Spirit in the lives of others. It’s hard to argue with results.