Our Gospel reading, in John 19, this morning is Jesus being "turned over" to be crucified. Some of the reading I've done, to prepare for this week's sermon, pointed out the difference between Pilate's servants - beating and mocking Jesus - and Jesus' servants -- we are to love and serve others. This is still true today - people mocking people of faith. My question is -- are we showing God's Love? One of the songs we sing is "They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love." Do people see, know we are Christians by, "our love"?
Chapter 6, in "Surprise the World," is about learning more about Jesus. Each of us knows Bible stories and can share them. Each of us have a favorite Bible verse, or two (yes, mine usually come from Isaiah!), we use and share. The question here is can we learn more? Like last week can we "listen" for what God is saying to each, and all, of us and "learn" -- maybe even something new?!
I use the Narrative Lectionary (from Luther Seminary) and this year we are in the Gospel of John. I have found it very interesting! Last week I learned "truth" is in the Gospel of John 25 times. I know I am a "life long learner" and I ask questions! So....... What are you learning 'new' about Jesus? Are you willing to look at the Gospels and see the different way Jesus is shown in each? Are you willing to learn, and maybe even try, something new? Can we actually show God's Love in the world around us?