Lenten Journey #29

It has been one of those days. Up at 6:30 to watch the grands. Morning full of ABCD’s… counting blocks…Dinosaur Train…Lovely lady butterflies,,,and (an old favorite) Land of Later. Mix in a trip to the store, a broken mouse on the computer (yes, I really don’t like touch screens – mostly because they really, really don’t like me back) a lost Contigo water bottle and getting called into work early and staying late…makes for one “tired momma” as Grandma Mickey would say.

Busy days teach us many things – IF we don’t let all the “busy”ness side-track us. When I think about Holy Monday, I think how about how “busy” it must have been for Rabbe Yeshua. John 12 gives such a vivid picture of the crowds – people pulling strings to meet him – a miracle or two – a few more “teachable moments” squeezed in – and a ministry summation.

It is so easy to see these things laid out in hindsight. It’s like looking at the Blood Moons of the past. If you are looking for the miracle, you will see it; if you are looking for the ordinary, you will see it. “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” Jn 12:24

I can’t remember when I started looking for “miracles”. I think I always have, and I think I always will. It is called: FAITH. I do know that it was cemented into me when my father had his first heart attacK when I was home with him alone. 10 years old, tornado skies and an inner voice guiding my every action. The doctor said I saved his life, but I knew who truly had and it wasn’t me.

I love the way John ends this chapter with Rabbi Yeshua’s summation of His life. It was one set of verses that I learned (either in Sunday School or Summer Bible School) that has always stuck with me: “Then Jesus cried out, ‘Whoever believes in me does NOT believe in me only, but in the One who sent me. The One who looks at ME is seeing the One who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that NO one who believes in me should stay in darkness.’ Jn 12:44-46

It was only much later in life when I came to appreciate this whole passage. The Rabbe Yeshua who stood before all these people on the last week of His life and spoke these words. He knew what was coming, and yet, He continued: “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. know that His command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” Jn 12:47-50

He was wrapping it all together for anyone who would listen. The ordinary was a miracle in the making, but it is only in hindsight that anyone who lived through these times were able to see it.

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