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The Good News for the day, March 21, 2018

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent (253)

Jesus said to those Judeans who believed in him, “If you stay on script, you will truly be my followers in fact. You will know what is true, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We have descended from Abraham and we have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will get free’?” Jesus answered them, “Here is my view: everybody who commits sin get enslaved to that sin. A person enslaved does not stay permanently in a household; a child of the head of the house does. So if the child sets you free, then you really are free. I know that you have descended from Abraham. You have been trying to kill me, because what I say does not fit your views. I am talking to you about the insights from my Father; you, though, are doing what you have just heard from your father. “ They answered and said to him, “Our father is Abraham!” Jesus said to them, “If you really were children of Abraham’s, you would be doing what Abraham did. OK, now you are trying to kill m—me, someone who has been telling you the truth I got from God; Abraham did not do this. You are just copying the works of your father!” So they said to him, “We were not born bastards. We have one Father, God.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and here I am; I did not come on my own; He sent me.” (John 8)

The point here is a significant one. “Outsiders” do not “get it” –the difference between one committed to following Jesus and everybody else.

The Creator of the World is your Father. Belief is your commitment that existence as creatures is an act of love on His part. You and I are loved. Unconditionally—or we would not exist at all.

Jesus comes to insist on that truth. Every person starting with Jesus embodies that love, radiates it, and shares it just by existing. You have come from God. You are “here.” You do not exist on your own. You ARE not alone. No matter what father you claim as sire, model, mentor or guide, as good or bad, as present or absent, cold or warm, or kind or mean—you have One Consistent Father who is a Good Father. Faith is that discovery–that “aha!”—to see and acknowledge God as Your Father. Your physical father fades into time; your Heavenly Father is permanent.

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