How do you tell your children everything they will need to know in the time you have over breakfast before you send them off to kindergarten or middle school or college?
Apparently you repeat the same message you have taught since the day they were born, the same message you spoke in public and in private their whole lives…you remind them of the message they have always heard…and you take questions.
“Don’t be troubled” – Don’t let the circumstances trip you up. Believe in God; Believe in Me.
“I have a place for you to be with Me” – I’ve been telling you this all along…I’m taking you home with me. You will always be mine. Remember? Believe.
“But we don’t know how to get where you are going” – Yes, you do Thomas. I am the way to the Father – the only way. To know me is to know the Father.
“Show us the Father” – Philip, take a deep breath – now remember I and the Father are one. My words are the Father’s words. My works are the Father’s works because we are one in the same. If you can’t believe that then believe the works that you have seen. You have seen the Father.
I need reminders. Every day I need reminders because I forget, I lose sight, I feel abandoned, I am afraid. And it doesn’t seem to matter how long I have walked with Jesus – I am prone to panic. I guess that’s why we are called “sheep” – we scatter in all directions without a shepherd. I just need the reminder I am not alone. I have a shepherd and He has me.
Maybe there is a collective sigh of relief among the disciples after their questions are answered. Things had gotten foggy and now they have been refocused on the Truth of who God is. Now they can hear this most amazing thing:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
Five minutes ago they were dazed and confused. And now Jesus assures them of His confidence in their calling. They were never intended to be on their own – they are called to be empowered by His Name. The outcome will be even greater than if Jesus did it Himself. They will carry on His mission to glorify the Father. (Were they blown away? Am I?)
I have to think about what glorify means – “to make renowned”. (“repeatedly to name” – to make famous and celebrated.) That was Jesus’s mission – to make God famous – to demonstrate God’s nature and God’s message, over and over until everyone heard… to show us the Father. And that mission has been passed to anyone who believes.
God, the Father, has gone to great lengths to make Himself known.
Today, my job is to make God famous.
About the World?
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