March 23, 2021

The Gospel

Jesus said to the Jews, “I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” Then the Jews said, “Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.” They said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.” As he was saying these things, many believed in him.


John 8:21–30 (LectionaryPage.net)

The Offering

From Heather Stephens

 

Jesus said to the Jews, “I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.”

 

Jesus where are you? Am I still beside you? – A Prayer by King’s Kaleidoscope

 

I struggle to find hope in today’s gospel reading. I sense how frustrated Jesus must have been at this point in his ministry, having answered the same questions over and over again. It makes me think of this personal prayer that was shared by the lead singer of King’s Kaleidoscope. In the first part of the song, he is begging for Jesus to hear him, asking him over and over “Jesus where are you? Am I still beside you?” There is a pause, after which with as much desperation, if not more, the singer imagines Jesus’ response.

 

Have hope that all has been made right.

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