December 16, 2016
Jesus said to the Jews: “You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. I do not accept testimony from a human being, but I say this so that you may be saved. John was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.” Jn_5:33-36
If you ever got blamed for doing something you didn’t do;
Or, if you ever got blamed for having some kind of personality you didn’t have, your first response might be total shock or surprise.
And you might think, “How could those people, who I thought knew me, all of a sudden, suspect me of doing or being something so totally out of my character?”
It’s funny, because it happens all the time.
And it’s not funny, because there are people in this world who DO nasty things that we’d never suspect either.
So we can become very skeptical and untrusting of everyone.
And when we come to the point in life, where we are hesitant to trust anyone, we also come to the point where we are hesitant to trust in the Lord as well.
Jesus was dealing with just those kinds of attitudes.
And we see in the Gospels, places, like today, where Jesus actually Testifies to His Sonship with God the Father.
We see places where Jesus testifies that both John the Baptist and He have been sent by God for the salvation of all mankind, just as the Prophets of old had promised.
And yet, the hearts of the many of the Jews, and the hearts of many of the Gentiles, as well, were so hardened by false Messiahs, by liars and cheats, by bad governments and even bad religious leaders, that not even the miraculous deeds done by Jesus would convince them otherwise.
But, thanks be to God, that we would not be here
– if ALL of those people had been that hardened!
Thanks be to God, that with all of the nasty stuff we see going on in our world today, we still have HOPE in the Everlasting Promise that Jesus proclaimed.
And we call that hope – the Good News, because:
– no matter who ignores us,
– no matter who fires us,
– no matter who forgets our birthday,
– or doesn’t come to visit at Christmas,
– or doesn’t understand our conviction to Jesus,
No Matter What,
God loves us – beyond it all !
And even when we ourselves mess up, which may be more often that we’d like to admit, God still loves us and gives us another chance to make amends.
As we come to our final week of Advent, Jesus reminds us of that Hope.
And we praise God for the Incarnation.
And we praise God for His teaching.
And we praise God for the suffering
that Jesus endured for us.
And we praise God for His Gift of the Holy Spirit.
And we praise God for His Good News of Love . . .
as we offer IT back to the starving world all around us,
this Christmas and always!
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