If……………, and [then]…

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, they will obey [keep] my word, and my Father will love them, and [then] we will come to them and take up residence with [remain in] them. The person who does not love me does not obey [keep] my words.” John 14: 23-24

A reply that begins with the word “if” sounds like the start of a disclaimer, to me. But, what if what Jesus says is an honest appraisal of any loving relationship? Consider that other meaning of obey, to keep. Love means listening and holding onto words that another person speaks.

Many of us dream of an Inbox (or mailbox) whose content only reflects those we care about. We keep their contact information. We desire to keep in touch, don’t hesitate to respond to their correspondence, and we certainly wouldn’t immediately delete or discard their messages…if we truly care.

Jesus suggests that we check our spam folder (or recycling bin) for messages from God. While in church, Download and Save what you see/hear as God’s word, never forgetting that God loved you long before you could ever begin to love God (or anyone else).

Prelude: Hymn-sing, Hymn of the Day: 815 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
Today’s hymn of the day picks up the theme of Jesus, the Lamb, as the light of the city of God. In the hymn we proclaim our desire to walk as children of this light. How might we orient our lives to demonstrate this?

Our Worship song at New Day is “Healer” by Lamont Hiebert. This song asks for Jesus to heal us, save us, change us for the better, and to love us as we are.

“This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia.”

           In the Lord’s Last Supper, Jesus established the link between Passover and His death and resurrection for our freedom from sin to be People of God.

           The freeing power of the Passover Meal of the lamb provided the process of freedom for the Hebrew People in Egypt into the wilderness and then into the Promised Land as People of God  under Moses’ leadership. The blood of the Lamb and the eating of the Lamb brought the Hebrew people into solidarity with God’s plan for freedom from slavery and into the promised land.

           The freeing power of Jesus as the Lamb of God in His Dying for our Sin and Rising in Victory over Sin, Death, and the Devil. It all comes to us in the Lord’s Supper as given to us.

           In this Easter Season Christians are celebrating the Victory of Christ over Sin, Death, and the Devil. We celebrate it as People of God by sharing the meal Jesus gave us of His own Body and Blood as the Lamb of God. For our freedom and for our solidarity with God in Jesus Christ. Lord’s Supper is celebration with Jesus and His victory!

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Vicar Nancy Brody

Vicar, 2018-2019

Nancy Brody was called to serve as pastor of Messiah Parish in Halifax, PA. Her congregations are named Messiah Lutheran Church (Fisherville) and St. Peter (Fetterhoff’s).

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