John 13:19

“I am telling you this now, before it takes place that you may believe that I am he.”-John 13:19

Jesus never questioned his identity or purpose. He came to usher in his Kingdom, which was unlike anything people had ever seen or imagined.  He taught his followers what it meant to live Kingdom lives and die kingdom deaths.  Ultimately, he willingly went to the cross where he bore the sins of the world.

We should not be surprised that Jesus knew the story line.  He knew his betrayer was in the wings, not only because he was God incarnate, but because he knew the scriptures.  Even though he understood what was coming, he was also planting seeds of faith for his followers, so that in the midst of the coming chaos and confusion, they would remember what he said and trust the redemptive process.  Confusion still happens in our lives, but Jesus knows the road ahead. Like the disciples, he asks us to remember and follow.

Prayer
Jesus, you regularly reminded your followers who you are and that all Scripture tells your story. When the way forward seems unsure, we often feel doubt. Forgive our doubts and help us to trust and remember. Amen.

Loosen Your Grip

How easily, it seems, we limit our own growth
in becoming like Jesus
in becoming love.

We are gripped with fear.
What if we are wrong?
What if I am judged?
by others?
by God?

We cling with trembling hands
to the assurances of others,
but tight fists
leave no space for the blessing of doubt,
nor the humility of uncertainty.
There is no space to give or receive love.

Loosen your grip on your certainty
if only just a bit.
For it is only open hands
that God is able to fill.