31.03.2020 — Being lifted up by/for Humanity

Posted under Reflections on March 30th, 2020 by

5th week in Lent, Tuesday – 31st March 2020 – John 8,21-30

Being lifted up by/for Humanity

Jesus has come from the Father in order that people may be lifted up to him. He has been sent by the Father and will return to the Father by way of the cross. His coming into the world was not primarily to die in obedience to his Father’s will, but to save.  Jesus, by being lifted up, replaces the bronze serpent thereby offering Himself for the salvation of all humanity. Only here the responsibility for the “lifting up” is thrust on the people, in two references it is God who does the exalting (Jn 3,14; 12,32-34). Thus, even as they crucify him, they will also exalt him and in this act recognize him as the one who is. In the elevation of Jesus on the cross, the revelation of God will take place, and the listeners will know the oneness of the Father and the Son. If they believe that Jesus is the revelation of the Father, they will bridge the gulf between what is “from below” and “from above. Hence, anyone who believes in Him and follows His way of life will inherit the eternal life, but those who die in their disbelief cannot come where Jesus is going.

30.03.2020 — Judgmental accusers

Posted under Reflections on March 29th, 2020 by

5th week in Lent, Monday – 30th March 2020 – John 8,1-11

Judgmental accusers

The woman’s accusers state that she has been “caught in the very act of committing adultery” (8,4). But the religious leaders clearly have no real concern for the fate of the woman. They were out to get Jesus. They neither cared about the injured husband or the partner in adultery, who has been left free apparently. The Law of Moses, to which the accusers refer, prescribes the death penalty for both the man and the woman involved (Lev 20,10; Deut 22,22-24). Although the scene focuses on the woman and issues of sexual sin, the text demonstrates equally the motivation and the judgmental attitudes of the accusers. Their concern for the woman is not the issue here, while she merely supports the scene. They wish to exhibit Jesus at the trial. But Jesus not only challenges the leaders to think about their sinfulness, but looks beyond the sin of the woman.

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