Thursday, March 10, 2016


John 5:17-30

Here is a tid bit from the gospel for this wednesday.

"Jesus answered the Jews: My Father is at work until now, so I am at work."

What is Jesus answering?  What is the question or activity that invites the following response from Jesus?

The Jews were persecuting JEsus because he did this on the sabbath.  Jesus had cured a man and commanded him to carry his mat.  This "work" of carrying the mat was troubling to the Jews because it was the sabbath.  The jews didn't care about the healing as much as they cared about the man carrying a mat on the day in which work was forbidden.

The jews missed the boat.  They missed the whole point of the healing because of the mat.

So Jesus rebukes their insensitivity to working not he sabbath bu reminding them that God is always at work.  God's providential care and work does not cease on any given day but God's care for creation is constant, hence he says, "My Father is at work and I am at work."

Have we ever tried to keep God from working?  Have we tried to bar God from being God?  Have we been resistant to his providential care as each day unfolds?

The Father is at work and JEsus is at work.  Should not rejoice that God doesn't take a day off to provide for us!

Then Jesus goes on to say that "the Father loves the Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you shall be amazed."

Thin about that for a moment.

God wants to amaze us. God wants to knock our sock off, so to speak.  Do we let God amaze us?

To be amazed by God requires small effort on our part.  We need to prepare ourselves by asking the Holy SPirit to help us see what God is up to daily in our life.  Secondly, we need to ask God to help lower our defenses so that our expectations don't block what God is revealing or giving to us at any given moment.

Let God amaze us today.

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