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March 15, 2016

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

The good news for the Day

Jesus said to people, “When you raise this ‘common man’” up, you will realize that I am who I am, that I am not acting on my own, but repeating just what the Father has taught me to say. The One who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I am always doing what He wants.” Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him. (John 8, 28-30)

“Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him…?” DO you believe because he “speaks this way”? These words puzzle us—like catching a few sentences at a party, or turning on the TV to five sentences of the news. What is Jesus saying that would make “many” come to believe in Him? What Good News excites you, and makes you come to believe?

Let us consider an alternate understanding. When Jesus uses the term “Son of Man,” He means both Himself and all the other “children of human parents”—you. He is expressing the unity of the human race.

“When you—anybody—rises from this generation,” He says, “you are born again, you resurrect from being dead, you stop being junk floating in the river of time. You, “ He continues, “Stop ‘just existing’ and “you rise up’ to the new life—living in heaven.

Now it dawns on you—you are not just a “child of human parents,” [a “son of man”] but a Child of God; you see who Jesus is, who you are. Jesus and you are not just individuals—billiard balls bouncing around on the table of the universe—but Family—really, truly family with a Father-God-Creator who, by the nature of the universe—is always with you. That Good News is exciting! You find freedom, peace, and happiness in the Will of God. You “come to believe” in this “risen” Life, now having been born into it. Yes, you die to the old one. Yes, it is a “lifting up” to die on the Cross. But it is worth it! You are doing—you find—what the universe wants you to do.

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