May 3, 2016
Tuesday of the Sixth week of Easter
The good news for the Day
Jesus said to people learning from Him: “Now, I am going away to the One who sent me, and none of you is asking me, ‘Where are you going?’ Now, just because I have told you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I am telling you the truth; it is better for you that I go away. For if I fail to go, the Counselor will not come to you. But if I do go away, I will send that spirit to you. And when that comes that spirit will convict the world in regard to what is sin, what is justice, s and what is the final sentence—sin which is really about not believing in me; justice which is really about (when I am not here because) I am going away to the Father and you will no longer see me; final sentence—which concerns the power of this world having been doomed.” (John 16, 5-11)
In the absence of a tangible, talking and seeing Jesus—His face on television or walking into your house—the spirit of Jesus becomes more significant.
This happens with everyone else you care about. A friend, a mother, or even a long-time associate can mean the most when they are “gone,”—whether for a little bit or when they have died. It is not that you appreciate their absence so much, as how their entire attitude, presence and gifts has pervaded your life, and changed you for the better.
You see everything differently. Sin is not a list of misbehaviors, but a hurt caused by not believing that Jesus is present in people. Justice—and ultimate “justice,” the judgment about your salvation—is not a matter of commandments, crime, court and law—but what you do when Jesus is not visible, does not seem involved. In the end—the “final sentence”—is that the “power” of this world, the forces of evil, and the “prince of darkness” is on his way to prison, to his annihilation.
The Good News is your change to service, appreciation and joy.