That you may come to believe… 23Apr2017

Belief seems to be a common theme in John’s Gospel:

† After the miracle at the wedding feast of Cana, he tells us, His disciples began to believe in Him (Jn. 2:11)

† A royal official begged Jesus to come and cure his son. Jesus dismissed him, promising his son was healed and the man left believing Jesus. When he arrived at his home and determined the time his son was cured, his whole household came to believe (Jn. 4:46-54).

† After Lazarus was raised from the dead, John tells us, Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what He had done began to believe in Him (Jn. 11:45).

† When Mary reported that Jesus’ body was not in the tomb, Peter and the other disciple ran and, looking into the tomb, the other disciple… saw and believed (Jn. 20:8).

† Jesus tells Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (Jn. 20:29).

† John summarizes his Gospel by telling us, these are written that you may believe… (Jn. 20:31).

 

What exactly are we to believe? According to John: that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in His name (Jn. 20:31). Do we…

† Believe that He is the Messiah, the promised deliverer of mankind from ALL its sins?

† That He is Divine, the Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity who is eternally present?

† That He is human—flesh, blood, bone and… mortal?

† That His humanity and Divinity are mysteriously and inseparably united in one person?

† That He died, just as the two crucified with Him died?

† That his soul descended to the dead to open for them the gates of paradise?

† That He rose from the dead, body and soul?

† That through His resurrection—not resuscitation—His Glorious Body can appear in many forms and places?

† That He is present—body, blood, soul and Divinity—under the forms of bread and wine, to give us Life?

† That His forgiveness is for All who pursue Eternal Life through His Divine Mercy?

Deacon Richard

 

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