Bishop Rob's Message
The 8th message to all in the Parish from Bishop Rob Gillion, who has been licensed as an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Lincoln and is half time Interim Priest in Charge of our parish of St John's.
A reflection for Lent -
the Risen Christ
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place? And if I go and prepare a place for you , I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am , there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him ‘ Lord, we do not know where you are going . How can we know the way? Jesus said to him, ‘ I am the way , and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me , you will know the Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him. (John 14.1-7)
Here Jesus is speaking to his closest friends and colleagues, to strengthen them for the days ahead. He is going to be parted from them through the most tragic turn of events, caused in some part by the disciples themselves. Jesus has just predicted his betrayal by Judas, and foreseen Peter’s denial. But despite their weakness Jesus tells them that there is a place in his Father’s house for them if they want it.
As we attend Church on a Sunday we come bringing with us the knowledge of our failure to be faithful. Our doubting and denials. We are offered the promise of forgiveness and like the disciples, receive comfort and a challenge. Jesus loves honesty and hates hypocrisy!
I love the honesty with which Thomas approaches him. Jesus says ‘ You know the way to the place I am going’ and good old honest Thomas says ‘ Lord , we do not know where you are going.’ He speaks for the other disciples too, perhaps he speaks for some of us . From time to time I am mystified by the journey on which Jesus is taking me. Jesus’ response is that I should trust him - have faith in him.
Jesus knows that his words are not enough. So it is that he sets his face to Jerusalem to accept the task he has been given to do; to die on the Cross that we might live. The one with faith in him will do what he has been doing and more, for the spring from which the Spirit flows is the risen Jesus.
‘Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!’
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