A Different Life
God is greater than all the graves we can encounter! Because, “…in death life is changed, not ended.” We might not be Lazarus, but Jesus still makes all the difference between life and death.
Seeing like Jesus makes the difference. That is implied in every story about Jesus in the New Testament. Still we should ask, what does it mean to see like Jesus?
Living water knows that God is more than how and where we worship. Living water knows that even God is thirsty! God is thirsty for God’s children to worship in Spirit and truth.
The centerpiece of Jesus’ different kingdom is a loving, giving God, going to extravagant lengths to welcome us home to ourselves, to one another and to a kingdom where new beginnings abound.
The difference between the devil and Jesus is that Jesus kept worshipping God through the temptations, the silence, and the suffering. That always makes the difference.
If we will be “attentive” to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ like “a lamp shining in a dark place…,” then we will find our way through the myths and deceptions of this world, back to ourselves, and the truth of the glory of God.
Jesus has prescribed that while we aren’t guaranteed full restoration with a brother or sister, when we commit ourselves to the ministry of reconciliation, we demonstrate the love of God.
In theory, there should be a direct line between length of church membership and depth of Christian maturity but in reality, that has not been my experience. Christian maturity is understood as: having a vibrant relationship with God as Lord and friend, and a proficiency with the practices and tools of the faith.
God’s blessing helps to locate us, confirm us, energize us and even offer us coordinates back to blessing when we stray. Blessing is experienced as a reason to hope, communicated by a reliable source based on an ultimate truth.
Jesus redeems John and the good he was doing before his arrest by turning lament into life. Injustice will be with us as long as there is humanity, the question is will we let it have the last word?