Thursday, March 19, 2015
Dying and rising: Jesus models obedience to God so that we may have salvation
by Sister Carolyn Zahringer
Raised in a Jewish family, Jesus was steeped in covenant language. He probably read the Book of Jeremiah multiple times. Jeremiah records a promise of a new covenant which will be written upon the heart. There will no longer be a need to teach friends and relatives HOW to know the Lord. (Jer. 31:33,34)
- What has happened to us that the covenant is NOT written deeply on our hearts?
- Has it gotten stuck in our head as knowledge only, but not a lived reality of the head and heart?
John's Gospel records Jesus' words for today: "... unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit." Jn. 12:24
- Taking into account our personal age, how many cycles of dying and bearing fruit have we experienced in our lifetime?
- Is now another planting cycle?