Saturday, October 18, 2008

Figurative speech

Today’s Reading: John 16:25 (NIV)

25 [Jesus said,] “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.”

Good morning!

Speaking figuratively has become quite the art form in American culture. We learn to answer questions by asking yet another question; telling stories in such a way that are designed to convey tidbits of truth. We often speak from life experience; yet, we often speak without having first-hand experience to rely upon. We attempt to tell others about the people we have come to know best in life. How would you try to describe your Father to someone who had never met him? Would they come to know something about your Father’s life, his thoughts and his heart through the words you speak? What impressions would you leave about your Father’s character by the way you choose to live?

Jesus is trying to convey an important truth to His disciples. He is speaking about the precious bond of relationship between His Father, and the love He holds for His children. This is a unique relationship; unlike anything humanity has ever known or experienced. Before Christ came in the flesh, people relied upon the words of the prophets and the priests who offered sacrifices on their behalf. Now, Jesus says that His Father longs to have a personal, intimate relationship with every human heart. Through Jesus Christ, we can approach the Father directly! He is the bridge between God and man. The chasm that sin brought into the world is being miraculously closed through this one perfect sacrifice. Do you think the Disciples understood what Jesus was trying to say? Do we understand it clearly today?

Jesus said He no longer needs to speak in figurative terms about the Father. We would come to know and understand the kind of love the Father has for us through a personal relationship with Jesus. If you have not yet experienced the love of the Father through His Son, this is a great day to come and meet the Lord face to face! He is waiting with open arms to forgive, redeem and love you right where you are. There is nothing you can do to earn God’s favor or grace. Your sins have been carried to the cross by Christ, and it is only through Him that you can be saved. Claim your salvation gift today.

True relationship begins with a simple prayer, prayed in faith. Father, I believe that Jesus died for me. I’m crossing this bridge by faith. How I yearn to know you more. Forgive me for the mistakes I’ve made along life’s way. I come to you now, in the name of Jesus. Thank you for saving me. Amen.

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO


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