I Must See Jesus

Trinity FlameYou search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. ~ John 5:39

This happens to me all the time: I’m looking for something, I’m tearing my office apart, or searching under every cushion in the sofa, or roaming through every room in the house, and I can’t find it. Then one of my kids says “oh, here it is, Dad, it was right in front of you the whole time.”

In this sentence from today’s gospel reading, Jesus says that something like that can happen to us in our spiritual lives if we’re not careful. We can learn the Bible backwards and forwards, and know all the stories, and we can cite chapter and verse of all the rules, and yet we don’t see the one to whom those very stories and verses are pointing us.

To my way of thinking this is how you get Christians enslaving people, waging wars, hating refugees, and elevating moral codes about sex above the inclusive love of the Father, Son, and Spirit.

If there’s someone you want to hate, or abuse, or reject, or dominate for your own selfish purposes, then you will be able to find a Bible verse – maybe even a whole chapter! – that will back you up on it. But you won’t find Jesus backing you up on it.

Loving Father, you have given us the Scriptures as a witness to the faithfulness of your Son Jesus Christ; grant that we may be so filled with your Spirit that we may see clearly in them the one to whom they testify and in whose name we pray. Amen.

~ Jonathan Stepp

1 comment so far

  1. Dyann Clark on

    Beautiful, Jonathan. Thank you.

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