I am the good shepherd/gate – Life Abundant
I am the way/truth/life – Life Unique
This week extends the conversation on Jesus as the way/truth/life with what is to come after he dies and the disciples are left alone. Only, they will not be alone. This week’s theme is “Life Accompanied.”
Things this passage does, that we are not focused on…
· Connection between Easter and Pentecost – Jesus, the soon-to-be resurrected one, “will ask the Father and he will give you the Spirit”
· How we encounter Jesus today (primarily) via Scripture: Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. John 14:22-23 NRSV. Tribute song for my dad…
· Ties obedience and love together, not in a legalistic way: “Well, you just don’t love me then.” Tied together as a natural expression, an understanding that holiness is driven not by rules but by love. And, since John understands that our love for God is secondary to being God’s beloved, it all goes back to God. Read The Velveteen Rabbit and see how being loved makes us real.
Babylon 5, ambassador molari, walking alone UNACCOMPANIED
Grief, “not leave you orphans”
It’s my turn now
Alone in the elevator
Life ACCOMPANIED by the Holy Trinity
· Advocate promised (Spirit), v 16
· Jesus promises, “I will not leave you as orphans, I am coming to you”, v 18
· We are in the Father: Like a set of peculiar Russian dolls – On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. (14.20, LEB)
Life ACCOMPANIED by the band of disciples
In each portion of this passage, when Jesus says “you,” he is speaking in the plural. He is saying, “yous guys” or “ya’all”.
Whether in the elevator, or facing grief, I do not walk alone.
Christ is Risen!
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia