The Good News for the day, April 25, 2018
Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Easter (281)
Jesus says this with enthusiasm, “Anybody who believes in me believes not just in me, but in the One who sent me, too—and whoever sees me really sees the One who sent me. I have come into the world as a radiant light—so that everyone who believes in me might not stay in the dark. If anyone hears my words but does not observe them, I don’t condemn that person—because I have not come to condemn the world but to save it. Whoever does reject me—and does not accept my words—has some thing already to judge him: the word that I spoke—that word will condemn him in the end, because I did not speak on my own accord; the Father who has sent me charged me with what to say and say in public. I know that his rule is a permanent, boundless life. So whatever I say, I say as the Father told me to say.” (John 12)
“I have not come to condemn the world.” Jesus says. He wants creation, experience, the truth of others, the Scriptural allusions—to speak to you.
The rejection of Jesus is more in denial and avoidance, in evading and misunderstanding, in rationalizing and self-delusions.
Someone can hear “the word” of Jesus by bible or preacher—and does not observe them—what then? Jesus does not condemn that! If you fail to obey one or the other Bible command—it is not—He says clearly—it is not a big deal. What is important is the wholeheartedness of your personal bond, covenant, commitment to being a Child of God, a fellow Jesus in a world of brothers and sisters.
At the end, Jesus speaks of a “rule” or “commandment” –and He sis saying that the “rule-and-life” of a follower of Jesus is to “live the Gospel of Jesus”—the decision to have freedom from greed and ego, to have a respectful and compassionate caring, a self-sacrificing courage, and authentic humility—the trait of a Jesus, the traits of our Father’s children—to be a cheerful brother and sister, to live with gratitude and prayer as a quiet habit.
In other words—these words of Jesus addressed to you and me—remind us that His Words are the silence of nature, the stillness of conscience, the few words of meaning, and the constant awareness of the world as the place to serve others joyfully. It is for that He—and you—and I—came into this world—and that involvement gives us a Life that is both permanent and unconstrained by death, grief, or loss—but is always a life of Good News pouring into our moments of living.