Anti-climaxes usually suck. The whole of chapter 21 of the Gospel of John is an anti-climax. It’s not boring it’s just not the Big Bang ending that you might have wanted to round off a best seller.
You see the Big Bang happened at the end of chapter 20.
1 – 11 describes the life and ministry of the Lord, 12 – 17 the period of time just before His arrest, 18 His arrest and subsequent trial and 19 His crucifixion. Now 20 is always going to steal the show, His resurrection, however that event isn’t even the climax, it’s the scene setter. You see chapter 20 details first Jesus appearing to Mary, then Jesus appearing to the 10 without doubting Thomas and then finally Jesus appearing to the 11 with doubting Thomas.
And it’s Thomas’ reaction to the risen Christ after he has touched His side and put his fingers into His hands which is the pinnacle, the ultimate, the apex, the climax of the Gospel of John. Read the Scripture below starting at verse 24,
Thomas’ great acclamation of the deity of Christ has to be the climax! And John says as much in the verses following,
So why did John bother writting chapter 21? Well he’d given the testimony of Peter a huge knock during the telling of the tale and he needed to rectified it in the final chapter. 21 is the tell of Peter being a Jumping, Loving, Following Christian and a call to you and me to be the same.
Take some out and read the chapter today. It’ll change your testimony. It’ll change your life.