Sunday, May 21, 2017

The World is Blind

This Sunday's Gospel reading was John 14:15-21
‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
 ‘I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.  In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.  On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.  They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.’
The world cannot receive the Spirit of truth because it is blind and ignorant.

As part of the world I find that frightening.

Knowing Jesus, I am no longer frightened for myself, but worry about the world.

Too many Christians want to make the world a better place through social activism, but that just deepens the blindness of the world.

It should be obvious that we need to open people's eyes to Jesus, and to teach them his gospel so that they, as part of this broken world, can have the Spirit of truth abide in them too.

Now that would be world changing.

Please turn on your speakers, sit back and relax as the Cambridge singers under John Rutter perform "If Ye Love Me" by Thomas Tallis from 1560,