Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The one thing Jesus wanted us to really know

John 16:27-31
27No, the Father himself loves you
I came from the Father and entered the world;
31"You believe at last!", Jesus said.

This passage reflects the epiphany the disciples had just before the crucifixion. For the first time they believed that not only that Jesus came from the Father, but that both the Father and Son loved them (and everyone else). Perhaps for the first time in the history of man a small group of people actually understood what is true of the Father, Son and Spirit.

Jesus's remark 'you believe at last!", seems to be said with a great sense of relief, He knew they finally got it! Until that instant in time no one understood what Jesus thought was most important to know about His Father, that He loves us and that He is for us.

He also knew that they would almost as immediately not "get it" and that the Holy Spirit would help them (and us) to know what was so important to Jesus. We are still "not getting it" today. Religious systems, organizations, programs and processes all get in the way of knowing the simple truth about our Father. The imperative message that Jesus thought was so important for us to know and live daily in the knowledge of is that His Father loves us all.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bob,

    Great post. Indeed, the whole story of God creating us and redeeming us, and making us alive together with Him, is one big love story. He simply wants us to believe it's true, and to trust in His unfailing love. He didn't create us for religion, nor for performance, but for intimate, loving relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!