Jesus, the good shepherd provides and protects his sheep to the point of laying down his life for all of us and then, because he can, he takes his life up again and continues living.
In the fleeting moments of his time here on earth, Jesus showed his disciples that their fruitfulness is dependent on their connectedness to the vine. This is a new way of living in the world.
John 8:58: “Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.”
What assurance could this new servant of God give to the people who had been stuck in slavery and who had lost their own identity as God’s chosen people?
This is the first presidential election I get to vote in. Which is a pretty cool opportunity and duty that Americans carry. But despite my ignorance, there is one thing I have been good at this election season: mudslinging.
How often do we consider using 100% of our body in pursuing God’s redemptive call? How often do we succumb to viewing our bodies through our culture’s lens of graphically enhanced photos prepared for mass distribution?