Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service
May 11, 2017
This passage offers a promise that when taking steps in faith, God will work through us in a way that realizes hope. This is because the existence we experience, temporal and tenuous as it may be, is connected to God through Jesus Christ. There is encouragement for those who believe, even considering the limits of life.
Using a real-life analogy, Jesus reminds what it’s like to move into a new home. He speaks of going to prepare a place for us, and that his Father’s house is one with many rooms. The analogy may lead us to think of a larger and more luxurious space. But for a disciple, it should also inspire movement.
How one packs for a trip might provide an insight. Consider a suitcase or carry-on bag containing the essentials, providing just enough to arrive at a destination where there are greater resources to sustain and support. What do we choose to pack? Change of clothes? Toothbrush? Sure, and we also carry along how we verbally and visually live out our story -- a map which reflects the movement of Jesus, persistently pointing to God the Father, showing evidence of works, proving repeatedly, through each scene of our lives, that the destination is not only a wonderful place, but also one of welcome pace.
Pastor Rich Wagner
This week’s Thursday’s Thought for Sunday’s Service is based upon John 14:1-14:
““Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:1–14, NIV)