Friday, December 20, 2013

The Truth is God

2013 New Testament Challenge – Day 36 (Reflections on John 12-21)
Every year I participate in a special effort called the New Testament Challenge sponsored by a priest of the Orthodox Church in America. He encourages Christians to spend the Christmas Fast, also known as Advent) reading the entire New Testament as a preparation for Christmas. Each year I have done this, it has been blessing to me and I pray this year will be no different. As part of the New Testament Challenge, I endeavor to blog a bit about the reading for that particular day. I may miss a few, but I pray for those who follow this blog (NOW ALSO ON FACEBOOK) it will be a blessing.

I absolutely LOVE the Gospel of John. It is filled with rich theology and speaks genuinely of the love of God for us. It described how much God loves us in allowing (as I mentioned yesterday) us to depart from Him, but it also shows how much His disciples loved Him. They followed Him loyally until the time of His death on the Cross. They even sat in fear after His death when they thought “all was lost” and that He wasn’t the Messiah they had expected.

Is God EVER what WE expect Him to be? Our expectations are filled with selfish desire. Our understanding is most times limited to by how “truth” affects us. Of course truth, if it is truth, is ultimately objective. Jesus said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14.6) Pilate asks, “What is truth?” (John 18.38) If Pilate had asked, “WHO is truth,” maybe he would have recognized Jesus.

Saint John Chrysostom said, “The reason we comment on Scripture is not only for you to get to know Scripture but for you to correct your behavior.” So, if we are to read the Gospel of John, we must ask ourselves, “Do we know WHO the truth is?”  Well….do you? Find an Orthodox Christian Church and find out!

Until tomorrow…..The truth is not relevant. It cannot be altered to suit your needs. You must alter YOURSELF to suit the truth. The TRUTH is God.

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