Sunday, April 6, 2014

Morning Psalm: 118 | Evening Psalm: 145
Exodus 3:16—4:12 | Romans 12:1-21 | John 8:46-59
 
“Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” (John 8:51)
 
How do you see death? Do you visualize the plot of land in which you are to be buried, the hospital room or bedroom in which you will take your last breath? Or is death something you push out of your mind with tremendous vigor?
 
The Jews investigating Christ must have had a clear picture of what death was and was not. For why else react with such scorn to the words of Jesus. For them death was only physical, the cessation of the necessary functions of the body.
 
Jesus of course saw it differently, He saw everything differently. For Him death is a spiritual matter. Death cuts the connection of the individual to God who is life. The physical state of the individual is irrelevant. Notice Jesus’s words, “Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad” (John 8:56).
 
It is Just as counterintuitive to think that the disciplines the believer engages during the season of lent give us life. The disciplines do so by helping us keep God’s word and connecting us with the source of life. They remind us that true life is not merely physical or bound by time or place. But that life is found in the Father, provided to us by the death of Christ, and mediated by the Holy Spirit. 
 
Daniel McGregor
STM Student

Steven’s Point, WI
 
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