From a Creighton Student's Perspective
December 27, 2010
Senior, History Major
I particularly enjoyed the readings for today. I gleaned two main points from the 1 John Reading. The first was that the reality of "eternal life" was made visible to the Apostles by the grace of God. Secondly, because the joy of this truth has been imparted and experienced by God's apostles, it is the job of those who believe in Him and this truth to proclaim it to the world, so that all may share in this fellowship with God the Father. Because of this precedent, modern followers of Christ should likewise be witnesses to the good news of salvation and eternal life AND should have a deep desire to share this joy with others.
The Gospel reading from John is interestingly connected to this concept of realizing the reality of salvation and how to live after the resurrection. After Jesus died, He was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathia. Mary Magdalene discovers that the tomb is empty and she runs to tell Simon Peter and "the other disciple whom Jesus loved." Both run to the tomb. The other disciple arrives first, but does not enter the tomb. Peter enters first and is then followed by the other disciple. They both have just 'seen with their own eyes' the truth of God's promise of salvation. They might not have yet understood what Jesus' missing body meant, but the truth had been revealed to them. Now what? Now they should proclaim what they have seen and heard so that others may share fellowship in joy with them.
So, how do these readings relate to our lives? These events happened ages ago. What can we do now? Well, being a follower of Christ means having a relationship with God. In this relationship, the more you get to know God, the more you realize His infinite power, love, and glory. In the same way, you learn about yourself and the baseness of who you are alone from God. When you understand this relationship, you see how by His grace, God has freely given you eternal life despite your shortcomings. In our real relationship with God, we see the beauty of His grace for us and rejoice. We can't help but to celebrate this good news and share it with others!
Thanks for reading! God bless you!
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