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The good news for the day April 5, 2017

Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Lent (253)

Jesus said to those Jews who had come to believe in him, “If you persist in grasping and living by my word, you will really be following me. You will recognize the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are the children of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will get free’?” Jesus answered them, “I am telling you the truth: everyone who commits wrong choices works for sinfulness. A slave or employee does not always stay a part of the household or business. A son does always remain a son. So if the son—part of the family—frees you, you will really be free. I know you are children of Abraham. But now you are trying to end my life, because what I tell you finds no room among you. I am just telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence. Now it is for you to do what you have heard from the Father. They answered him, “Our father is Abraham.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing works of Abraham. But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth I have heard from God; Abraham did not do this. You are doing the works of your father!” So they said to him, “We have not been children of Abraham born out of wedlock. We have one Father, God.”  Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me.” (John 8)

Although this seems confusing—the point is significant. If you are the children of our Father—you would act like Abraham, looking to God for direction, meaning, and choices. You would not depend on dependents of Abraham, but on the Father—Creator, Lover, and Gift-giver. You would know that you, exactly like Jesus, are sent into the world to have and give freedom from culture and its sinfulness, to find the Life that is Re-living—the choice to follow Jesus’s truth.

His “word” is, of course, the life He lived (and lives). His life (and yours) is the expression of God’s love. It is the dialogue with sin that frees sinners. It is the “Open Sesame” that reveals the realm of heaven, the rightness of God’s viewpoint and spirit. When you persist in that expression of love, caring and forgiveness—the truth of it makes you free of the chains of your past, the sins, failures and wrong habits.

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