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Life Accompanied

. 2 min read

Prior
weeks
       I am the good shepherd/gate – Life
Abundant
       I am the way/truth/life – Life Unique
This
week extends the conversation on Jesus as the way/truth/life with what is to
come after he dies and the disciples are left alone. Only, they will not be
alone. This week’s theme is “Life Accompanied.”
Things
this passage does, that we are not focused on…
·       Connection
between Easter and Pentecost – Jesus, the soon-to-be resurrected one, “will ask
the Father and he will give you the Spirit”
·       How
we encounter Jesus today (primarily) via Scripture: Judas (not Iscariot) said
to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the
world?” Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father
will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. John
14:22
-23 NRSV. Tribute song for my dad…
·       Ties
obedience and love together, not in a legalistic way: “Well, you just don’t
love me then.” Tied together as a natural expression, an understanding that
holiness is driven not by rules but by love. And, since John understands that
our love for God is secondary to being God’s beloved, it all goes back to God.
Read The Velveteen Rabbit and see how being loved makes us real.

Babylon
5, ambassador molari, walking alone UNACCOMPANIED
       Grief, “not leave you orphans”
       It’s my turn now
Alone
in the elevator
Life
ACCOMPANIED by the Holy Trinity
·       Advocate
promised (Spirit), v 16
·       Jesus
promises, “I will not leave you as orphans, I am coming to you”, v 18
·       We
are in the Father: Like a set of peculiar Russian dolls – On that day you will
know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. (14.20, LEB)
Life
ACCOMPANIED by the band of disciples
In
each portion of this passage, when Jesus says “you,” he is speaking in the
plural. He is saying, “yous guys” or “ya’all”.
Whether
in the elevator, or facing grief, I do not walk alone.
Christ
is Risen!
Christ
is risen indeed! Alleluia