Acts 12: 24 – 13. 5
John 12: 44 – 50
The words in today’s Gospel are from the section of John’s Gospel that describes Jesus’ arrival in
Jerusalem. He had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. In the preceding verses, Jesus was
preparing his disciples for what would happen to him in the next few days. He tells them that
whoever believes in him, also must believe in the One who sent him. Then Jesus says that his
purpose for coming into this world was to be “light.” And anyone who believed in Him would no
longer be in darkness. Jesus reassures his disciples that he has come not to condemn the world but
rather to save the world!
Jesus also warns his disciples. He says that anyone who rejects him or does not believe his words
will be judged by the word Jesus spoke. Jesus was very serious about this matter. He added that if
a person rejects Him or does not accept His words, this individual will be condemned on the last
day! These are extremely harsh words. And most likely, these are words we prefer not to listen to.
Yet, Jesus also is warning us what the price will be if we don’t accept and believe Jesus’ words.
Perhaps the question is: how seriously do we take Jesus’ words? Do I truly believe what Jesus is
saying? Do His words make a difference in my life? Do I act on His words in my daily life? Or do
I simply say: “I believe,” but there is no evidence of my “belief” in my daily life?
If we truly accept and believe what Jesus teaches, there should be some evidence in our lives of
that belief. It might be seen in our actions or in how we treat people. Are we loving and inclusive?
Or are we harsh and judgmental? Are we loving and accepting of others, even when we may not
agree with their beliefs or actions? Do we live out what Jesus teaches us by forgiving a person
who has hurt us deeply? Do we reach out to people who are lonely or isolated?
We are not Jesus! Yet we do have the power to share Jesus’ love, forgiveness, care and acceptance
with the people in our lives! How will we do that today?
God bless. Have a blessed day