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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Do you see what I see..... Day 36 Tuesday in Holy Week Lent 2015

Day 36  Tuesday in Holy Week Lent 2015

"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."  John 14.6

Most of us know about Thomas and his moment of doubt or incredulity as the artists often say; but we often forget about this little encounter between Thomas and Jesus earlier in the Gospel.  Jesus has just promised his disciples that they will always be with him, and that in his Father's house their are many mansions, that is, plenty of room for all of them!  He then says, "and you know the way to the place where I am going."  To which Thomas responds, "Lord we do not know where you are going?  How can we know the way?"  To this we have Jesus response above.   Take a moment to reread those words and just let them settle into your heart.  Way, Truth, Life. 

We understand that in Jesus we have the fullest revelation of God that we will every encounter.  Jesus is God with us, and in his life, death and resurrection we come to know who God is and what God desires.  The words at the end aren't meant to keep people away, or somehow condemn folks who don't share our faith; they are meant to speak the truth.  To know Jesus is to know God.  To know God is to know Jesus.  For try as we might, there will never be a better way to understand God than to understand Jesus.  As we get deeper into the celebration of Holy Week, take a page from Pilate's script.  "Behold the man!" John 19.5  What do you see?   The Gospel of John hopes that you've come to see, the way, the truth and the life.

A prayer.  "Dear Lord, as we once again remember your passion during this holy week, help us to take the time to truly gaze at you and what you have revealed.  Amen."

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