Obedience is a word that really rubs us the wrong way. But perhaps we’ve had a poor experience with it. Perhaps we don’t realize what power it holds.
When we examine the evidence, we have to make a judgement about who Jesus is. And that opens up a new dynamic to the relationship.
Why is Jesus always doing miracles? What’s with all the theatrics?
More is offered by the Lord than cosmetic changes. There is a true transformation.
Once we recognize our need, once we admit to ourself that, yeah, it’s a real thing, yeah, it’s really there—once we stop saying, “But, well maybe, perhaps…”, once we admit the impossibility of the situation we’re in, then—then we are in the perfect position for the Lord to work.
And so Mary’s Assumption is a big deal for us because Mary’s Assumption is the sign for us of what is to come! We are destined to share in heavenly glory. And not just as some spirit sitting on a cloud, not just praying, playing a little harp, no! We are destined to share body and soul in heavenly glory. As the people who allow the Kingdom to break into this world through us, there is a great promise in store.
The only other time in scripture we are told about eating something and living forever, possessing eternal life? Only one other time: it’s when we are told about the fruit from the Tree of Life.
What Jesus is looking for is not an intellectual and cerebral assent to a doctrine of transubstantiation, as much as he is looking for us to believe in him, to trust that he will give to us precisely what we need to fill that need that exists within us.
As we begin our five week journey through the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel, it’s helpful to put ourselves in the right mindset to hear and understand his words.
What does being a good shepherd look like? How can one shepherd their family? How can we experience what those early Christians experienced?