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Daily Bible Reflections Archive
| Theo Tigno
5/7/2012 12:50 pm
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|Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter
| John 14: 27-31a
Jesus said to his disciples: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, 'I am going away and I will come back to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me."
Today's prayer intention - for those who are preparing for marriage.
My fiance and I went to see the Avengers last night. I had a great amount of anticipation for this movie and a lot of it was a slow build from each of the previous movies that led up to this even. If you stuck around after the credits for each of the previous movies, you would have seen that they offered a glimpse of what is to come.
By simply doing this, the word spread to "stay after the credits." In terms of marketing, it was extremely effective as the movie brought in more than $400 million worldwide.
When we look at the Old Testament, there are a lot of things that point to Christ from the prophecy of Isaiah to Jonah in the belly for three days. After Jonah was freed from the belly of the fish on the third day, he spoke in Nineveh and everyone was ready to change their ways.
Even in the Gospels, prior to Christ's resurrection, He tells the Apostles that He would suffer and rise on the third day.
The world must know that Jesus loves the Father and that He does just as the Father commands Him. In doing as the Father commands, He suffered death, as foretold in Isaiah, and He rose from the dead, as foreshadowed in Jonah. He did the Father's will, and the Father's will was that Christ would be the spotless Lamb Who shed His blood for the forgiveness of all.
The world must know this. There are a lot of things that the world knows, from the release of the newest Apple product to a video that has gone viral on YouTube. Yet, these are not things that we must know according to Our Lord. We must know that Jesus did what the Father commanded, and through His act of obedience, we believe.
If the world is to know that Jesus did the will of the Father, how are we doing the will of the Father? How do we love the Father? Obedience to the Father's will may be the most effective way to tell the world that Jesus loves the Father and that He does just as the Father commands. Others will know that Jesus is Lord because of how we obey Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Take care and God Bless.