John 6:37-40 The Message
35-38Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. I have told you this explicitly because even though you have seen me in action, you don’t really believe me. Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me.
39-40“This, in a nutshell, is that will: that everything handed over to me by the Father be completed—not a single detail missed—and at the wrap-up of time I have everything and everyone put together, upright and whole. This is what my Father wants: that anyone who sees the Son and trusts who he is and what he does and then aligns with him will enter real life, eternal life. My part is to put them on their feet alive and whole at the completion of time.”
What a beautiful promise, God sent Jesus so that we could all be made whole, so that we could stand on our feet and live fully and wholly.
There are days in which that I wish for the completion of time to be NOW. The world can be quite depressing with all of its violence and fear-mongering but I know that is not what God created it to be.
So what until then? What do we do while we wait? We can be a part of God’s plan—sharing what we have found in Christ with others. We can show them God’s love through our very lives. We can counter the violence and fear-mongering with love and hope.
Let us live like Jesus, as hope-mongers, love-mongers, spreading it across the world like a virus. That’s what we shall do until the beautiful promise is completely fulfilled.
Almighty and love-mongering God, thank you for your beautiful promise of a day in which our world will be whole and without violence, that love shall rule over all. We cling to this promise of a day without fear or violence, filled instead with your love. We cling to it on the days in which despair threatens to overtake us. On other days it inspires us to live more fully and to share your love. Thank you for this gift of life. Amen.