Thursday, April 4, 2019
Today, in Mercy, the Gospel gives us Jesus claiming his throne. He is setting his disciples straight before he is no longer with them. He drives home each of the pillars of his Messiahship, like so many stakes in the ground:
- I have testimony greater than John’s.
- The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.
- The Father has testified on my behalf.
- I came in the name of my Father.
Jesus is saying these things to his persecutors, but he says them for the benefit of his surrounding disciples. He wants them to remember these things to sustain them in the dark times to come.
In this passage, Jesus also pays a glorious compliment to John the Baptist:
He was a burning and shining lamp.
Now Jesus wants his followers, fired by their faith, to burn with an even greater light. He wants us to do the same, to burn with a flame steadied by Christ’s assurances, by the stunning testimony of his Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Music: But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming – Handel
But who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner’s fire.