Did Jesus write any of His own scripture or contribute to the Bible directly?
If not, I do not understand why Jesus would not think to do that?
Is there a reason stated anywhere and what is the common Christian view of this?
Contrary to what we might think, Jesus did not put teaching at the center of his mission. In fact he spent a lot of effort concealing his message through the use of parables. In fact it was not until close to the end of his days in the flesh on this earth, that he promised to speak clearly by sending the Holy Ghost:
“Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. (John 16:25-26, NIV)
One of the reasons for concealing his message was to keep his enemies in the dark, while giving some explanations to his disciples who would recall them later, after they had received the Spirit to understand. (Mark 4:33-34, John 14:25-26)
It seems that Jesus was more interested in dying and orchestrating the timing of his death than teaching. His goal with regard to teaching was to be through the Spirit after his death and by the Apostles that he selected. Of couse this does not imply that his words recorded in the gospels are not filled with bottomless gold deposits of wisdom to mine from, but that his actions rather than parables are in the center.
Considering his mission was to die and resurrect and not primarily to teach, except through his Apostles by the Spirit, it seems suitable that he would not write anything.
It's like asking "Why didn't God create1 the Bible?".
God already created many things, the world, living things, human and the intelligence of man. God gave man the ability to think and He also gave freewill.
What if God created1 the Bible? I do not see anything beneficial from it. Many will still doubt that it was forgery. There won't be any difference from the discovery of the Book of Mormon.
God wants his message to be conveyed by real people, heart to heart. Thus, we have a unique book. People from different time (around 1500 BC - 100 AD), writing in isolation from each other, but the goal is same, the message is same, the idea is same and the Author is One. All these characteristics of the Bible make it unique and credible. It's not like Qur'an which was written by one man, conveying his ideas and his alone.
God, of course, once gave a book to man2, written with His own divine hands, which was the Two Tablets of The Ten Commandments. But God had hidden it so that no one may discover it. God did this because He wants his book to be written by real people.
Thus, there is no need for Jesus to write any Scripture. After all, all the Words of Scriptures are fulfilled in him.
My favorite words from this post
A Natural Delivery
- The NT was NOT dropped from heaven.
- The NT was NOT delivered by an angel.
- The NT was NOT dug up in a farmer's field as golden plates like the Book of Mormon.
- The NT was NOT suddenly "discovered" in a clay jar with 27 "books" intact like the Dead - Sea Scrolls or the Nag Hammadi texts.
The NT canon developed, or evolved, over the course of the first 250-300 years of Christian history. If the NT had been delivered by an angel, or unearthed as a complete unit it would not be as believable. Part of the historical validity of the NT comes from the fact that we can trace its development, albeit not as precisely as we might like.
1 to make something exist out of nothing
2 Moses, the writer of Torah
Jesus did numerous miracles when He walked on this earth. All these miracles are the manifestation of His ability to do “anything and everything”. He was able to do anything and everything” but thought it fit to do whatever He did and stop there and there, not because He was not able to do, but in God’s Wisdom, that was fit to be so and sufficient to strengthen the faith of those who were destined to be saved. Miracles like multiplying of bread and fish, telling Peter to get the coin from the first fish that he gets to pay for their taxes, ensuring that a colt and an ass is present at a designated place for His journey to Jerusalem, ensuring that a large room is ready for His last Supper, are but few which showed that He was capable of doing everything and anything.
In similar manner He could have made the Bible to come into existence during His stay on earth with single word from His mouth without even writing it, but He had a different plan. Jesus says:
John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and will cause you to remember everything I said to you.
So to answer the question: Did Jesus write any of His own scripture or contribute to the Bible directly? Yes. Very much so. Through Holy Spirit.
What we Christians have in the form of Bible is certainly the work of "Holy Trinity one God". Since all writers of Bible Books were inspired by Holy Spirit, the third person of Holy Trinity, what else could we ask from God. Whether written by Jesus or inspired by Holy Spirit is one and the same, it is Word of God.