Daily Meditation for July 11, 2012
Here are the steps for your Meditation for the Day ( you could do this as the last thing you do before going to sleep!):
- Read the enclosed Scripture passage – meditate on it briefly.
- Read my Meditation following.
- Pray – take a few moments and speak to God; but don’t forget to let God speak to you!
- Go on your way and have a great day!
John 7:1-9 (NRSV)
Unbelief of Jesus' brothers
After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He did not wish to go about in Judea because the Jews were looking for an opportunity to kill him. Now the Jewish festival of Booths was near. So his brothers said to him, "Leave here and go to Judea so that your disciples also may see the works you are doing; for no one who wants to be widely known acts in secret. If you do these things, show yourself to the world." (For not even his brothers believed in him.) Jesus said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify against it that its works are evil. Go to the festival yourselves. I am not going to this festival, for my time has not yet fully come." After saying this, he remained in Galilee.
Maybe you too know how it feels to have a sibling not believe you or believe in you – I certainly can identify! It is a tough, awful feeling to have someone close to you reject that which you believe or think! Yet, Jesus is not deterred from his mission – he will go about doing acts of love and mercy before that great time when all things will come together on the cross. There, he will die for all sin – even those of his “brothers”. Interestingly, at the foot of the cross, he reconnects with his brothers as he commends their mother into their hands. His love for them will not be diminished no matter what his brothers might feel about him. That is something for all of us – maybe it is not how our siblings feel about us, but how much we care and love them that matters. Let that rest with you today as you interact with your sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers! Have a great day!
Go on your Way!
West Linn Lutheran Church