Friday in the Fifth Week of Lent, April 7, 2017
Kathy Rockefeller

 

Scripture for the Day

Jesus again finds a loophole in the Jew’s reasoning that he should be stoned. They say it is a sin for him to say he is God’s son, but Jesus uses a passage in their own nit-picky scripture to defeat their argument. Then he says the good works he’s done should be enough for them to trust that he is the Son of God. They are deaf to him, and he must feel like he’s tried everything with them and they are inconvincible. In the end, he goes where the audience is more receptive, to where John had been baptizing and exclaiming his faith in Jesus. Ironically, when Jesus finally gives up trying to convince the Jews that he is God’s son, his human-ness shows. After all, I’d give up persuading people if I thought they’d never get it. I’d move on to people with the capacity to hear my message. If it was important to me to place Jesus into either the God or human category, as it was for these Jews (and for many Christians to follow) these passages would not be much help.

 

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