SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
May 28 2017
“And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.“
Christians can wax nostalgic about being where Jesus was when they visit the Holy Land, but Jesus, it seems, was more interested in returning to the Father.
The reason he didn’t feel that he needed to “hang around” was that he felt confident that his disciples would be affective in proclaiming the Gospel. If they could proclaim well, then his presence would be felt.
The post resurrectional appearances all play down the physical presence of Jesus and emphasize instead that he must be found in the life and actions of the community. It was the life of a Christian that made the difference. Just being a Christian was of little consequence, even if Jesus was physically present, if they were not “living” the life!
Jesus came not for his own aggrandizement, but to given hope and direction to people. People live in community. Community affects society, and society affects the world. Christians were never meant to be navel gazers, who were only concerned with themselves. They were challenged and sent INTO THE WORLD so that it could be saved.
At this time of the year we remember that the Great Commission was to “go and baptize all nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” We pray now for the strength to do so effectively.