Thursday: 29th March, 2018
Reference text: John 13:1-15
John 13:3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;
The text for today is a loaded weapon that seeks to draw our attention to the very essential things we seem to have taken for granted- matters of our very identity that cannot be neglected any longer. Thus, John draws our minds to the things that Jesus knew- the first which was that his time on earth was due(v1) and the three others which will be considered in this reflection.
First, ‘He knew that the father had given all things into his hands.’ A knowledge of the skills, relationships and talents at one’s disposal is critical to making the most of them. The most pathetic of believers are not those who have nothing, but those who have no idea of what they have. Literally, if we had even the slightest clue of all the vast resources that are available to us, we will be living very different lives as believers. Not the a happy-go-lucky life, but one that is streamlined and focused.
Secondly, Jesus knew He came from God. In lay man’s terms, he knew his origin. Now, though this may seem to be suggesting a tracing of one’s ethnic roots, but the intention is far from that. We need to have a clear idea of our starting point so we can monitor our growth. Many of us have no clear markers of how far we have come because we had no starting point. Anniversary dates may appear as just a time to have some fun, but beyond that, they act as milestone markers to give us an idea of how far forward or backwards we have moved.
Finally, Jesus knew He was returning to God- he had a final destination in mind. While living, targets of getting homes, savings and family may be our intended destinations. However, the believer must never take their eyes of the actual final destination, which is a place with God. We cannot only live in our own myopic world with only a limited view of the end because that end, will come and knowing so will enable us live in anticipation, not fear, of its coming.
Remember # know what you have, where you have started from and a view of the final destination.