According to Jesus the secret to being happy is not what we expect. The way up is down!
God's mercy in Christ sets us free to think wisely about ourselves and use our gifts to work together as the body of Christ.
The Holy Spirit brings freedom, but not freedom to do anything, but freedom to serve and produce spiritual fruit.
God does not change. The Same God who filled the Apostles with his presence on the day of Pentecost comes to fill and empower us for his work today.
Without the Holy Spirit the Apostles were confused, lacking in vision and unable to do God's work of taking the Good News to all peoples. If Jesus needed the Holy Spirit - how much more do we need the Holy spirit to fill us and empower us!
The strange story of a man who is good, kind humane and generous who knows he is not worthy of Jesus' attention...but even so receives just what is needed.
Two people on the edge find Jesus inviting them in...
Jesus preached good news for the poor...but not the poor quite as we know them. The greed of Peter, a man with a small business, brings him to the brink of catastrophe. Only when he realises his spiritual poverty can he become truly rich.
Not the most promising of apostles, and yet through the grace of Jesus and the power of the resurrection he comes to understand that Jesus is Lord and God.
Jesus, the King of Kings, enters his capital, but not on a war horse or a chariot surrounded by soldiers, but a small donkey. Jesus is a king unlike any other and he comes to serve by saving the whole world through his death.
Jesus' compassionate care for his mother while he is dying in agony on the cross is remarkable, more than that extraordinary. Though it he shows us the supernatural love that should characterise the church.
Paul Newton. John 18: 15-27. Sunday 10th March 2019
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