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The Good News for the day, March 16, 2018

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent (248)

Jesus traveled around inside Galilee; he did not wish to move around the same way in Judea, because the Judeans were trying to get him killed. The Jewish Holyday of Tabernacles being near, and his brothers having already gone up to the feast, he himself also went up there—not openly but quietly—as it were—in secret. Some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “Isn’t he the one they’re trying to kill? … Look, there he is speaking openly–and authorities are saying nothing to him. Could they be considering he might be the Messiah? … No—because we know where this one is from. When the Messiah comes, no one will know his origin.” In response to this, Jesus spoke loud and clear in the temple area during his teaching, “You do know me, and you know where I am coming from. Yet I have not come on my own, but the one who sent me, the one you just do not know, is true. I know him, –because I am coming from him, and he has sent me.” In reaction, they did try to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him; his hour had not yet come. (John 7))

The Origin of Jesus seems puzzling at times, but it helps to keep it straight.

Two Gospels list his human ancestry, begetters down through His past—men and women whose love, faith and hope sustained a line of life that led to Mary and to Joseph. But Jesus is quite clear that he has a Father in an Other World—the Creator, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the One outside of time.

Human parents gave you birth—you have your ancestry, too. But Our Heavenly Father gifts you with a RE—birth—a dynamic, fresh Life, a New Start, an existence outside the cozy, passive-like womb of merely human ways. You belong to a vigorous, wonder-full Kingdom of God.

In this Other World—as a child of God—you lose fear because of love, you find freedom from social pressures, you live courageously—listening to your conscience—and perhaps most obvious of all, you find peace to any real unhappiness.

Now you come from God. You see the difference between truth and appearance, between caring and pretense, between peacefulness and the mild irritation that marks so much of human life.

You are from God. You know Your Father by just looking around you, by pausing to see and hear and be alive deliberately. You are like God—you share His character traits—his nature of humor, permanence, acceptance, gravitas, and growth….  even his quiet humility and respect. And you are happy.

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