Wednesday, May 16, 2018

That We May Have Life


We believe those we trust. The more we trust a person (an organization, a government, a news-outlet, a religious authority. etc.), the more we believe them. If our trust is great enough, we will believe practically anything! John tries to remind us that the news from God that we heard through Jesus is more trustworthy than any other source. If we really trust Jesus (if we really trust God) we already know in our hearts that this is true. 

If we believe false prophets of power, money, or morality who sooth our itching ears and guilty consciences more than we believe Jesus himself...

If we believe in some people's strict and loveless interpretation of the Bible more than we believe Jesus' caring and nurturing interpretation...

If we believe in Works or Laws as the routes to heaven more than we believe the Way of Jesus...

If we in believe anyone more than we believe in Jesus...

...then we say that God is a LIAR - that we cannot trust the word of the Word, the living Son!

Over and over, God says "Trust me." This is God's good news: God gave us true Life so that we would not be among the living-dead; and this miraculous Life is lived within the Christ the Mother Hen, the Prince of Peace, the Lord of the Dance and the Sabbath, the wine-maker. Not living timidly in the fear of temporary punishment or eternal damnation can we find true Life, but in wild joy and exuberant celebration - in agape and shalom. 

If Jesus is in your heart (if you know him), then you know what John is talking about; you know how to recognize, experience, and share true Life. But those have Jesus only on their tongue (who know only a Savior of there own invention) do not truly live! They do not know freedom. They cower in fear of a beating from a vengeful god, and so they beat others in turn. They do not know Love, only lust. They do not know Life, only existence.

John wrote because the Spirit in him knew that we would replace Jesus with idols - that we would live for now and damn tomorrow, while at the same time demanding that others live for tomorrow and damn today. But the Life God wants for us (true Life, free Life, blessed Life, experienced Life, Kingdom Life) is both today and tomorrow.

L'Chaim!





(Meditation upon 1 John 5:9-13. Photography by Tiwago)

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