Over the past several weeks, during the season of Easter, we have heard and read some very inspiring gospel texts along with the secondary lessons. Most of our gospel readings have come from John.
Personally, I find the gospel of John to be the most inspiring and uplifting of the four gospels. The imagery and sense of promise that flow from this gospel give us much to reflect upon. When we read the gospel of John, we get a true sense of who Jesus is and what his purpose was all about as he lived among us as the “incarnate” Christ.
In some of his parting words to his disciples he told them, “Trust in God and trust also in me.” In one of my most recent sermons I commented on this “trust” imperative from Jesus. I said, “Trusting in Jesus, this is what we have always known.
It’s what we do each and every day of our lives, to simply entrust our lives unto God and unto Christ.” I also said, this trusting in God and trusting in Jesus also, “empowers us, because Jesus lays claim to us and his promises of salvation and grace become and continue to be the cornerstone of our faith.”
I also stated and proclaimed, that “when we look to Jesus, when we take the time to really look to Jesus and look at Jesus, we see God.” And perhaps most importantly, when we look to Jesus and look at Jesus, we begin to see how Jesus sees and looks upon us. I reminded you and I reminded myself, because as I have stated multiple times, I have always been a firm believer that the meditations that I give are as much for me as they are for you.
So how does Jesus see and look upon us? The words from I Peter 2: verses 9-10 say it most succinctly and eloquently. “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy.” There is a hungry world that is still yearning and desiring to hear these words of promise. May the Holy Spirit inspire us and “kindle in us the fire of Christ’s love.”
We are blessed for the Journey!! “Yes, with the help of God!”
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