Pondering for Thursday, March 30, 2023

Daily Office Readings for Thursday of the 5th Week in Lent: Year 1

Morning, Psalm 131, and 132; Evening, Psalm 140 and 142;
Jeremiah 26:1 to 16Romans 11:1 to 12John 10:19 to 42

“Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep.  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: 25 to 30)

There are several profound statements made by our Lord Jesus here.  The first is that “I have told you, and you do not believe.”  We have it recorded that Jesus said it. We have the evidence of Jesus’ words that testify to who Jesus is. We, you and I, cannot hear his actual voice today. But we can read the actual words that he said, and believe.  Moreover, in believing, we follow. We follow so as to have eternal life.  If we believe and follow in the way of trusting love, it cannot be taken away from us.  It is an eternal existence made by our Lord Jesus, who with the Creator, is One!

While we cannot hear the actual voice of Jesus, we can hear His Holy Spirit speaking to us in our studies and in our prayers.  My beloved of the Lord, this life is not the end.  Jesus gives us eternal life. A full life that comes to us after this one. We should rejoice and be glad in it.  Jesus says he and the Father are One!  I don’t know what that does to the idea of the Trinity but we for sure have Creation and Salvation in One. And yes, we also have the Holy Spirit of Christ Jesus come down to us to lead us into all righteousness. Thank You Lord Jesus.

Please keep up your thoughts and prayers and hopes for Ukraine and Russia.

As we listen to what the Spirit of God is saying to us, let us live to love and serve, and to teach others to love and serve, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John

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