Daily Office Readings for Thursday of the Sixth Week of Epiphany: Year 2
Morning, Psalm 105:1 to 22; Evening, Psalm 105:23 to 45;
Genesis 32:3 to 21; 1st John 2:18 to 29; John 10:19 to 30
“My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” (John 10: 27 to 30)
Our Lord Jesus tells them, and us, that He knows those of us who follow Him. He gives us eternal life and we will never perish. At our death, life for us will change, not end. This power that Jesus has comes from the Creator and is greater than anything else. However the words of Jesus that were too much for them, and some of us, were the words, “The Father and I are one.” These were fighting words, they picked up stones and wanted to stone him at that point.
The question I have is this: cannot God do anything, great or small? Cannot God make God’s self any creature in God’s own creation, including a human? I think the only difference between Christians and the faith traditions outside of Christianity is that while all faith traditions believe God can do such a thing, we Christians believe God has already done such a thing in our Lord Jesus. Our real differences are not, “can” God, but rather, “did” God?
Therefore, God in Christ Jesus the human, models for us what a godly life is like. We only have to follow Jesus to be known by Him, and by extension, by God.
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John