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Jesus: the Way, Truth and Life

jesus way truth lifeJesus: the Way, Truth and Life  John 14: 1-14

This week’s readings challenge us to consider one of the biggest questions facing Christians: How does our faith help us to engage with the real issues of life?

Faith may be used as an escape to insulate us from the world’s problems, or little more than a framework for directing our own ideas and efforts to fix things. Or faith may be the means to participate in God’s saving work – trusting that God’s will is wiser than our own.

It seems common for humans to form community with those who share our interests, values, and perspective – often to the exclusion of those who don’t. Increasingly we see gated communities for the wealthy seeking protection from crime and loss of real estate value. We can also create an ‘us and them’ attitude in our social gatherings – even within a church community.

Christ shows us that it is in living and working for God’s reign that includes all creation that we find true assurance and peace. And this isn’t achieved by separating ourselves from the world, rather by engaging with others in Christ’s name. We can embrace God’s saving and hopeful work and we can be part of God’s healing when we trust God and recognise the signs. 

We can live as the community of light, learning to shine the light of Jesus into all our relationships and the small everyday things.

There will always be misunderstandings and resistance by those who have invested in the ‘way things are’. By embracing the inevitable pain of disappointment we can work on behalf of those who crave God’s grace and compassion. Even in the face of disillusionment and discouragement, may we hold fast to the assurance and hope that Jesus offers, as we share in some small way in Christ’s suffering and glory. This is our faith and our hope.

Adapted from http://sacredise.com/lectionary/2014/04/easter-5a/#more-396

 

Acts 7:55-60    Acts 7: 55-60

55But filled with the Holy Spirit, he (Stephen) gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56“Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57But they (chief priest and elders) covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. 58Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.

 

John 14:1-14

141“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.  4And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.  12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.