Friday, 8 February 2019

Eureka! I Get it!

Eureka! I Get it!
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

You are my Son, whom I love;  with you I am well pleased. Luke 3:22

                In this season after Epiphany we read through the stories of   God reveals to those at the Jordan River, His Son Jesus.
Jesus and how under certain circumstances God reveals to those around him, who he is. At Jesus’ baptism heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. The voice from heaven spoke and stated, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
                At the wedding in Cana, Jesus, his closest friends and his mother Mary are feasting at the banquet. Wine has been enjoyed by all the gifts and Mary in her concern for the hosts of the wedding feast tells Jesus that they are running low. Jesus objects to getting him involved but the servants listen to his instructions. Jesus uses water and water jugs and it becomes good wine. Good to serve to the guests at the wedding which will now continue without embarrassment. But only a few realize what has occurred—the servants, Jesus, Mary and maybe the master of the banquet.
                At the synagogue Jesus reads from Isaiah and announces that the words he is reading are about him. He is the fulfillment of the prophet. Many hear this, are stunned and then grow angry. They start talking amongst themselves and the temperature rises so much so that Jesus leaves.
                Who is Jesus? From these stories Jesus is being introduced by God to the people in Jesus’ life. Jesus’ mother Mary knows who he is and encourages him to help at a wedding. God speaks at his baptism and when Jesus acknowledges Isaiah’s prophecy being fulfilled he is unsure of what to do.
                But do you know what to do as you hear the stories of Jesus being introduced? Do you make connections with him? Can you relate to this man who is the Savour? Are you ready to follow him- yet? What else does God or jesus need to do to show you who he is and can be in your life?
                We know that soon after his baptism, he was tempted but it was after this he acknowledged his life’s purpose. He realize there was no going back to the carpentry shop. He had to go forward with God’s plan for his life. He then called his disciples who seemed more ready for an adventure then they really understood what was happening. But they followed anyway.
An epiphany is when something- makes sense, a discovery is made, an understanding is made clear and then next steps are taken. Have you experienced this with Jesus’ presence in your life? Are you able to know how you can and do connect with Jesus? Do you understand why God’s voice spoke at his baptism and acknowledged his presence?  Do you know this Jesus who was rejected in his own synagogue and walked out? Will you reject him too? Or will you shout I finally get this man/ saviour as my own? I just need to have faith and believe!
God your Spirit is upon all who hear the message of Jesus as Saviour and lord. But there are many who need to respond and receive this message in faith and with hope in order to state fully, “I Get it”. In faith O God I believe and pray for those who are uncertain, or who just don’t get what having faith in you really means. Help us O God as we struggle in faith to know you and to grow closer to you.
Hear our prayers O God. Amen.