Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Today’s Gospel Text: He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth belongs to the earth, and of the earth he speaks; he who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony; 33 he who receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for it is not by measure that he gives the Spirit; 35 the Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him. John 3:31-36
Reflection: Name some of the great personalities and find out where they belong and where they come from:
Some may have been born in palaces or in rich mansions or in noble castles and they could be the few who may have had a humble beginning.
Yet one of the things that is common among all these is that they all belong here to this earth, because their ultimate origin is here and it is here they perish and are returned to the dust.
Jesus says: He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth belongs to the earth, and of the earth he speaks; he who comes from heaven is above all. (vs. 31)
Hence, when Jesus says that, he makes his position and role clear to all and for all generations. He is teaching us whom to listen and what authority he carries with him and what the measure of his power is.
In life we have definitely listened and been obedient to some authority or power, in some measure or the other. Even the rebellious rebel have also done so sometime or the other.
If they have been obedient to these, who always and at all times are not worthy on account of their sinful human tendencies, how much more then we should at least give obeisance to the one who is from above and above all.
What is more, the one who is from above and above all has proved himself and history is proof, with countless witnesses, in all ages, testifying by their personal sacrifice even to the extent of shedding their blood, that he is to be trusted and worthy of all glory and honor.
To those who believe in the word of Scripture, even the heavenly hosts acknowledges it:
“Then one of the elders said to me, “Weep not; lo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders, I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain.” Rev 5:5-6
So, recognize Jesus as the one from above, who is worthy and trustworthy too, one who is near you and we have only to call on him to feel his nearness and help and he our savior will do so.
Prayer: My Savior and God, I trust in thee, come and fill me with thy presence.