Reflection for Wednesday 28th April 2021

The Rev’d Derek Arnold

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Today’s reflection is by our Team Rector, Rev’d Derek Arnold and can be heard on the Website

READING John 12.44-50
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.

I guess some of us wonder what God is like. But how can we know the creator when he doesn’t make himself visible. Well Jesus said plainly that those who see him see God, because he is God and if you want to know what God is like, study the person and words of Jesus Christ.
So what was Jesus like and how do we follow his example?

First Jesus represented God by his word and his action. As ambassadors for Christ, we must emulate Jesus in how he represented God in the world. And I guess the reason why the church has fallen out of touch with today’s society and lost its place of importance, is largely because we as God’s children are not very good representatives of who he is or what He stands for. And the world has a skewed opinion of God because of what they see in us!

Second, Jesus revealed that he came as the light in the darkness. So how does that relate to us? Well Jesus said that we are the light of the world. Because of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we have the ability to shine and reveal God to the world. That is why it is said that every person needs to do their part in serving because as we do, each of us reveals another part of God to one another. Every day we have the opportunity to shine the light of God into the hearts of his people and a dark and at times, depressing world, but it is not our job to condemn or judge people.

And finally Jesus spoke the commands of God. He said only what the Father told him therefore his words are trustworthy and true. We too must respond to the world with the words of God. When we speak the words of God we have a promise that they will not return void!

We need to be able to rest in the words of God. When we are following and being obedient to his word, there is nothing that can come between us. But does that mean life will be easy? No it doesn’t, Jesus told us himself: that the world hated me and the world will hate you. You will have trials & tribulations but fear not for I have overcome the world.

And when we learn to rest on the promises of God, we will be able to endure anything life throws at us. Not because we are super human but because our God in whom we have placed our trust is big enough to take care of us. In the midst of crisis or jubilant times we can rest in the knowledge that God is sovereign, and that He knows what he is doing. It is really important that we don’t let him, because others and our eternal future is at stake.

THE COLLECT (alternative)
Risen Christ,
faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:
teach us to hear your voice
and to follow your command,
that all your people may be gathered into one flock,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen

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