Week Three of Lent | David Sneed

Psalm 80
Jeremiah 7:1-15
Romans 4:1-12
John 7:14-36

In the past I have had the pleasure of participating in the play, The Living Last Supper. That experience continues to guide me through a personal exploration during each subsequent Lent—namely, considering the feelings and thoughts of those who personally experienced the physical presence of Jesus and how that relates to us at this time.

The Gospel lesson for this day brings forth a new group to consider—those hearing Jesus’ words in the Temple. Jesus says, “You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come” (John 7:34). This axiom may be strange to many of us growing up in Christian homes but think how terrifying these words may have been to an early follower of Jesus or to someone considering his nature. Most of our lives we have known how to find Jesus and have been blessed with a personal relationship, but from the perspective of an early follower of Jesus, what could this mean?

It brings to mind the way a child experiences “peek-a-boo.” Are they frightened that Mommy or Daddy have disappeared and perhaps not returning or are they excited about the next phase of the game—the return? I remember the excitement my children would display during our “peek-a-boo” sessions and I wonder how the Jews at the Temple or, for that matter, those of us at Belmont might be experiencing the coming “disappearance” of Jesus. Are we fearful that he will never return to us or are we excited about the return?

We have the experience of “knowing” the full story and the Victory that came and is to come. We have the writings and teachings of apostles, prophets and scholars to help us in our personal journey to FIND Christ but those in the crowd as he made these statements AND those today who continue searching for something to fill a void in their lives do not have the benefit of time and faith.

As we travel through this Lenten season I hope you know where to look to find Jesus and that your life serves as a roadmap to others in search of Christ!

DAVID SNEED
Director of the GPS Program

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