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Left out of the Lectionary.

April 6, 2017

 

 

Believe in the works.  If you don't believe my words, at least trust in my works.

 

Just before the raising of Lazarus, we find this passage from John 10:

 

31 The Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32Jesus replied, ‘I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?’ 33The Jews answered, ‘It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God.’ 34Jesus answered, ‘Is it not written in your law, “I said, you are gods”? 35If those to whom the word of God came were called “gods”—and the scripture cannot be annulled—36can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, “I am God’s Son”? 37If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. 38But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.’39Then they tried to arrest him again, but he escaped from their hands.

40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. 41Many came to him, and they were saying, ‘John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.’ 42And many believed in him there.

 

So often we find in a spot, saying in frustration to our kids or colleagues, "Do what I say, not what I do!" But in Jesus we encounter something different: "Do what I do, believe what I do, even if you can't believe what I say." 

 

How do we trust Jesus' actions.  How do we join in doing what Jesus does?  

 

And if we watch long enough, and do what he does long enough, our hearts will catch up to him, and we'll find ourselves believing his words.  

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