Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Reflection: John 8:21-30

Tuesday of Fifth Week of Lent - John 8:21-30
In this passage from John,  Jesus continued his interaction with the Pharisees by telling the Pharisees that he would be going away.  Jesus must have stunned them when he told them that they would die in their sin.  How would you react if someone told you that? Jesus followed that blunt statement by telling them that they will not be able to go where he is going.
His listeners did not have any understanding of what Jesus meant. They were taking his words literally and thus they did not make any sense. Then Jesus continued by telling them that if they do not believe that he truly was “I AM,” they would die in their sinfulness. They must have been stunned by Jesus’ words. After all, they were the holy ones.  They ran the Temple and ruled most of the people.   Who did Jesus think he was?
When Jesus told them that he was “I AM,” did they have any understanding of what he was saying?  Do we truly have any understanding of what Jesus was saying?  Do we take time to ponder his words?
Do we truly and deeply believe that Jesus is the “I AM?” Or do we just nod our heads and say: “Of course I believe?”  What does it mean to you that Jesus is the “I AM?”  Does this title place Jesus on a pedestal and keep him at a distance?  Or do we allow Jesus to the “I AM” in our lives?  That is what Jesus longs for!  What do we choose?

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