Jesus prayed that we (his followers) would be one just as he and the Father are one. The late Tim Keller exemplified a commitment to this kind of unity that is desperately needed today.
When Jesus tells his disciples that he is leaving them, they can’t process it. They’re clueless! How can they hope to be his witnesses without him around? The Great News of this chapter is that he sends His Spirit to help them – and us – when we haven’t got a clue.
Sometimes it may be tempting to wish for the “good old days” when our culture was more “Christian” and Christian-friendly, but these words of Jesus make it clear his followers shouldn’t expect a comfortable environment. We’ll discover more about what Jesus meant and how we should live in a world that “hates us”.
What can we learn from the example of Jesus’ servant leadership to his disciples?
“Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”
Jesus’s friend Lazarus is gravely ill, but rather than rush to his bedside, he takes his time. Why? The answer to that question sheds light on one of the greatest mysteries of life.
We begin Holy Week by asking, “What is Easter all about?” Join us this Sunday for a service suitable for children, family and those who don’t normally come to church. Everyone is welcome!
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.”