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Getting Out the WORD - the seventh sunday of easter
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 09:00

the PRAYER. . .

O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand.  Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .

 

"Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. . . ." (john 17:1-11 )

 

the DEVOTION. . .

 

If you asked me an hour ago what is “the tie that binds”, without hesitation, I would have said, "Love!" It's walking together!  Working side-by-side!  Sharing our mutual woes!  Bearing our mutual burdens!  But now. . .

 

I just read through the passage again and saw two words I'd never noticed before. ". . . so that. . ."  And those two words changed my whole answer! If I remember correctly, “so that” is, what's called, a subordinating conjunction.  And everything that follows those two words depends on what comes before them.

 

The main clause is: Holy Father, protect them! Protect them in your name!  Protect them that you have given me! And the result. . . the consequences. . .  of that protection. . . is unity! We become one if and only if. . . when and only when. . . god does what Jesus asked god to do!  “Protects us!” It has nothing to do with our heart and mind! It has nothing to do with our understanding or strength!  Only as god blesses us. . . Only as god defends us from all evil. . . Only as god brings us to everlasting life. . . are we. . . or will we, ever, become. . . one!

bob barndt, pastor

 
Getting Out the WORD - the sixth sunday after easter
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 08:38

the PRAYER. . .

Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth.  In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .

They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father. . . ." (john 14 . 15-21)

 

the DEVOTION. . .


The passage reads like one of those laws from algebra class.  If a=b, and b=c, then a=c!  If "They-who-have-my-commandments-and-keep-them" are "those-who-love-me". . .  and, if "those-who-love-me" are those who "will-be-loved-by-my-Father". . .  then, "They-who-have-my-commandments-and-keep-them" are those who "will-be-loved-by-my-Father".  However. . .

 

what if "They-who-have-my-commandments" DON'T keep them?

and what if "They-who-have-my-commandments" CAN'T keep them?

and what if "They-who-have-my-commandments" WON'T keep them?

or what if they don't, even, have god's commandments to start with?  What then?

 

Well, the truth is, they still. . .  they STILL. . .  they STILL. . .  "will be loved-by-my-Father"!

 

It's called mercy!  Forgiveness!  Charity!  Grace!  No ifs!  No thens!  Those who "will-be-loved-by-my-Father" will be loved by my Father!  The gift isn't just for those who have the commandments!  The gift isn't just for those who keep those commandments!  The gift is for everyone!  Sinners and saints alike!  After all, the Son wasn't sent into the world to condemn, but to save!


bob barndt, pastor
 
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