5th Sunday of Easter
MAY 13/14, 2017
The Gospel readings for the last few Sundays before Pentecost are taken from Jesus’ final words with his disciples. In these intimate conversations, Jesus prepares his followers for his death and resurrection and also for his ultimate triumph. Jesus died, rose and is seated at God’s right hand in glory. This is the heart of the Gospel message. It has already happened; it is a fact. This triumph and glory of Jesus causes us to wonder by what standards God chooses to exalt.
Jesus came to earth to bring us all into union with God. He came to establish God’s reign on earth through choosing to live according to God’s original plan for Creation. Jesus used his power to create healing, communion, reconciliation, harmony and unity. When faced with opposition, humiliation, rejection and ultimately death, he willingly chooses to embrace God’s Way (Will) of peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, communion, unity and trust. For this, Jesus is victorious and God exalts him.
So how does this affect us? We have Jesus’ own words. He promises to go ahead of us and make arrangements for us to share his glory in the house of his ABBA. We are to follow him by living as he taught (the WAY), by turning to him for understanding and insight into who God is and God’s ways, and also how we are to be in relationship with God and one another (the TRUTH); and through Jesus and his Spirit, we are empowered to live in God’s Way (the LIFE).
Perhaps during this week, as we go through our day, we can pray frequently “Jesus, you are the Way, the Truth and the life. I am your follower; be my guide”.
~ Beth Taneyhill