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Dwelling on the Word of God: another warning from Jesus (Wednesday 2nd April 2014)

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 7:53 AM
 
Today’s Gospel (John 5:17-30):
 
'Jesus said to the Jews, ‘My Father goes on working, and so do I.’ But that only made them even more intent on killing him, because, not content with breaking the sabbath, he spoke of God as his own Father, and so made himself God’s equal.
 To this accusation Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
the Son can do nothing by himself;
he can do only what he sees the Father doing:
and whatever the Father does the Son does too.
For the Father loves the Son
and shows him everything he does himself,
and he will show him even greater things than these,
works that will astonish you.
Thus, as the Father raises the dead and gives them life,
so the Son gives life to anyone he chooses;
for the Father judges no one;
he has entrusted all judgement to the Son,
so that all may honour the Son
as they honour the Father.                    
Whoever refuses honour to the Son
refuses honour to the Father who sent him.       
I tell you most solemnly,
whoever listens to my words,
and believes in the one who sent me,
has eternal life;
without being brought to judgement
he has passed from death to life.
I tell you most solemnly,
the hour will come – in fact it is here already –
when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God,
and all who hear it will live.
For the Father, who is the source of life,
has made the Son the source of life;
and, because he is the Son of Man,
has appointed him supreme judge.
Do not be surprised at this,
for the hour is coming when the dead will leave their graves
at the sound of his voice:
those who did good will rise again to life;
and those who did evil, to condemnation.
I can do nothing by myself;
I can only judge as I am told to judge,
and my judging is just,
because my aim is to do not my own will,
but the will of him who sent me.’'
 
 
Jesus says:  
‘for the hour is coming when the dead will leave their graves
at the sound of his voice:
those who did good will rise again to life;
and those who did evil, to condemnation.
I can do nothing by myself;
I can only judge as I am told to judge,
and my judging is just,
because my aim is to do not my own will,
but the will of him who sent me.’’
 
Jesus is pure love; that much we know.  He loves each and every one of us equally and his love for us knows no bounds.  And he wants us to be united with him in heaven when our time on earth has come to an end.  This is why he gives us a warning in this passage.  He tells us that those who ‘did good will rise again to life; and those who did evil to condemnation.’ 
 
Because Jesus loves us so much he is often heard warning people of the dangers of not believing in him and not following the will of God and doing good.  The ultimate danger, of course, is complete separation from Jesus; complete separation from God Himself.  That is a fearful thought for Jesus and it should be a fearful thought for us.  Jesus is all loving and all merciful, but he needs people to acknowledge him and he needs people to submit to the will of God.  With our God-given free will we are free to ignore Jesus.  But we are also free to turn to him, to believe in him, and to trust his plan for us, so that we may live with him and all the saints forever in heaven. 
 
 
 

Categories: Bible, Dwelling on the Word of God, Faith, God, Gospel, Gospel Reflection, Heaven, Hell, Jesus, Life, Love, Salvation, Scripture, Sin, Suffering, Word of God

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