The Good News for the day, March 20, 2018 What do
Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent (252)
Jesus addresses religious leaders (Pharisees): “I’m going away; you’re going to come looking for me—but you’ll be dead because you’ve gone astray—in “sin.” Where I am going you can’t come.” To this, the Judeans said, “He is not going to kill himself, is he? He said, ‘Where I am going you can’t come’!” Jesus said to them, “You belong to a lower world, I belong to one above. You are of this world; I don’t belong to it. That’s why I have told you: you are going to be dead in your sins. If you don’t believe that I AM, you will be dead in your sins.” So—they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “What I have been telling you from the start. I have so much to tell you about discernment; the one who sent me is true—what I heard from him I tell the whole world.” (They did not “get it”—he was speaking to them of the Father.) Jesus said to them, “When you lift This Human Child up, you will “get it” that I AM—that I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father has taught me. The One who has sent me is with me. He has not left me alone—I’m always doing what He wants.” Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him. (John 8)
Jesus is addressing you and trying to convey to you—as someone who influences others religiously—as someone who—following Him—is taking his place to lead anybody and everybody to the father. What he says here is important for you.
He is “going away.” Don’t think of his death, of history, His death on the cross. No, His “going” is bringing you into his “other world”—into a changed world, a sphere, –the Kingdom of God”—that others can choose to avoid, deny, even repudiate. Their choice kills them—ends their “higher” life. They have gone astray—the meaning of the word for “sin.” (We might say: “They’ve gone to hell in a handbasket.”
In this “Other World,” (today) you become permanent, eternal, consistent. When Jesus speaks of himself—He wants you to coat yourself with his “I”—to be the one speaking in 2018 to people around you—and you are “getting it.” His “I AM” reflects the voice from the Burning Bush to Moses—but it also reflects who you are—a person of integrity who knows who you are permanently, but the greater truth—you are with him, as he is with the Father. You are doing what the Father wants.
You are “This Human Child”—the “son of man”—who has become a Child of God, lifted up by self-denial as well as the contempt of others—and who now celebrates a New Life, a Resurrection from that life which is Sin. Some will not follow you—to their detriment. But others will—grasping what it is to become a Child of God—and end a dead life of self-indulgence, superiority, weakness, fear and inconstancy.