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Hearing the Word vi

John 5:17-30 (CEV)

17 But Jesus said, “My Father has never stopped working, and that is why I keep on working.” 18 Now the leaders wanted to kill Jesus for two reasons. First, he had broken the law of the Sabbath. But even worse, he had said that God was his Father, which made him equal with God.

The Son’s Authority

19 Jesus told the people:

I tell you for certain that the Son cannot do anything on his own. He can do only what he sees the Father doing, and he does exactly what he sees the Father do. 20 The Father loves the Son and has shown him everything he does. The Father will show him even greater things, and you will be amazed. 21 Just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants to.

22 The Father doesn’t judge anyone, but he has made his Son the judge of everyone. 23 The Father wants all people to honor the Son as much as they honor him. When anyone refuses to honor the Son, that is the same as refusing to honor the Father who sent him. 24 I tell you for certain that everyone who hears my message and has faith in the one who sent me has eternal life and will never be condemned. They have already gone from death to life.

25 I tell you for certain that the time will come, and it is already here, when all of the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen to it will live! 26 The Father has the power to give life, and he has given that same power to the Son. 27 And he has given his Son the right to judge everyone, because he is the Son of Man.

28 Don’t be surprised! The time will come when all of the dead will hear the voice of the Son of Man, 29 and they will come out of their graves. Everyone who has done good things will rise to life, but everyone who has done evil things will rise and be condemned.

30 I cannot do anything on my own. The Father sent me, and he is the one who told me how to judge. I judge with fairness, because I obey him, and I don’t just try to please myself.

And Jesus said,
‘My Father’,
his parent,
the one who gave him birth.

He meant God,
that is the one
he called dad;
the one
who had always been working
in the world,
the one who still is.

Children learn so much
from their parents,
how to live,
how to love,
how to be,
how to do;
they watch,
they absorb
and they emulate.

Jesus has seen
what God has done,
he lives the same way
– God’s way,
truly ‘His father’s son’.
He doesn’t live
by his own whims,
or by his own strength,
but by his Father’s,
pulsing through him.

He wants us to discover
God’s ways,
by watching him,
seeing what he does,
and following suit.

Lord,
help me to look at you,
to watch carefully,
to hear your word,
to learn how to live,
how to love,
how to be
and how to do
from you.

You are my role model,
may my life
reflect that.

Jesus Be The Centre of My Life

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In Case You Were Wondering…

The government is very keen to keep telling us,

We’re all in this together

as if to convince us that they know and feel the pain of the ordinary man and woman, when many suspect that they actually haven’t got a clue, cushioned as they are from “real life”.

I guess there are those who think the same of God – that he has no clue what it is like to actually have to try to live in this world…

So, John the Baptist is emphatic that he isn’t the Messiah.  The people who flocked to him must have been wondering, who then was.

Jesus came as one of them, and queued up alongside them to be baptized.  How that encapsulates all there is about Jesus.  He came as the ordinary man or woman in the queue, one of us – and yet so much more…

Luke 3:21-22

The Baptism of Jesus

21 While everyone else was being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. Then as he prayed, the sky opened up, 22 and the Holy Spirit came down upon him in the form of a dove. A voice from heaven said, “You are my own dear Son, and I am pleased with you.”

The truth was out.  Yes Jesus was living as a human being, but he is God’s son.

That is, for me, what makes it all so awesome.  God fully understands what it is to be a human being, to live our life with all the stresses, strains and trials that entails.  But he is also God.  God knows our life, he’s lived it.  Jesus lived life on earth in the way God had always intended it to be.  The reactions and teachings we see in Jesus are what God has always been trying to tell his people – in Jesus he came and lived them so we could see.

Thank you God

that you came to earth

in the person of Jesus,

that he lived a human life,

yet lived it your way,

so we could see it.

May I learn from all he showed us,

and live my life

your ways

This is Him

How fantastic it is to be able to say, “This is my Son – and I’m proud of him.”  This young man is part of me, I’ve raised him, taught him how to live.  Here is the one I’ve told you about, now you can meet him for yourself and see, you can get to know him for yourself.

This is where I should insert a photo of one of my sons, but I won’t do that to them – proud that I am of the fine men they have become (sorry for the proud mummy moment!)

But that is what God says here:

The True Glory of Jesus

2Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him. They went up on a high mountain, where they could be alone. There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed. 3And his clothes became much whiter than any bleach on earth could make them. 4Then Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus.

5Peter said to Jesus, “Teacher, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6But Peter and the others were terribly frightened, and he did not know what he was talking about.

7The shadow of a cloud passed over and covered them. From the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, and I love him. Listen to what he says!” 8At once the disciples looked around, but they saw only Jesus.

9As Jesus and his disciples were coming down the mountain, he told them not to say a word about what they had seen, until the Son of Man had been raised from death. 10So they kept it to themselves. But they wondered what he meant by the words “raised from death.”

11The disciples asked Jesus, “Don’t the teachers of the Law of Moses say that Elijah must come before the Messiah does?”

12Jesus answered:

Elijah certainly will come to get everything ready. But don’t the Scriptures also say that the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected? 13I can assure you that Elijah has already come. And people treated him just as they wanted to, as the Scriptures say they would.

Except God also adds that they should listen to his son.  What he has got to say is important and needs hearing.

God reminds them that this is “The One” – yes the new thing is here in and through him.

In  Jesus, God is here as a human being.  Tom Wright reminds us that it would take many years of prayerful thought to fully understand what that means (p 83), we can forgive Peter for saying something stupid, but at some point we need to make a start on getting our heads around it – and doing something about it…

We might have heard about God – in Jesus we meet him.  If we pay attention to him, we will learn more about God.

Have you encountered the awesome Jesus?  Have you been introduced to him as God’s Son?  Are you going to get to know him for yourself? Do you listen to him? What am I going to do having met him?

Thank you Lord,

that you introduce us to your son,

the one who is part of you,

and shows us you,

that in him we meet you.

Help us,

as we get to know him,

that we may listen to him,

learn from him,

and follow your ways.

This year, I am again following the Big Read using Tom Wright’s Lent for Everyone – Mark.  I’ll reflect here – if you’re following it too, or even if you’re not, please share with me.