Lent Day 17 Holy Gets Angry

I’m going to venture a guess that if you’ve studied the Bible very much, you likely already know what we’re discussing today based on the title.  Jesus shocked those in the Temple marketplace.  He came in, brandishing a whip, turning over tables and benches and letting those present know just how upset he was with the situation.  You see, people from all walks of life would make the yearly trek to Jerusalem for Passover.  And if they hadn’t brought a sacrifice, well, there were brokers willing to exchange their currency and sell them a sacrifice.  Sell them a sacrifice —- how bitter that must have sounded to Jesus.  Here he was just days away from being the ultimate Passover sacrifice watching and wondering how much the money changers would consider His sacrifice to be worth.  How much do we deem it to be worth?

Jesus reacted with a holy anger.  And there are times when He asks us to be angry.  He may ask us to speak out and come out from behind our hashtag campaigns.  Perhaps the next time you feel anger about corruption and injustice, you should ask God what He wants you to do with that anger.  Not everything is protest worthy, but neither is nothing worthy of protest.

Today, we are called to fast from apathy.  Apathy describes an emotional disconnect from life in general and suffering in particular.  The antonyms of apathy are not activism, absorption or even emotionalism, but rather sympathy, sensitivity, and concern.  Taking action because there is a need is very different from taking action because there is a God.  The first is emotion driven while the second is led by loving listening and dependence-inspired discipline.  Choose carefully what you are willing to die for because you can only die once.

John 16:17-33

17-18 That stirred up a hornet’s nest of questions among the disciples: “What’s he talking about: ‘In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me’? And, ‘Because I’m on my way to the Father’? What is this ‘day or so’? We don’t know what he’s talking about.”

19-20 Jesus knew they were dying to ask him what he meant, so he said, “Are you trying to figure out among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me’? Then fix this firmly in your minds: You’re going to be in deep mourning while the godless world throws a party. You’ll be sad, very sad, but your sadness will develop into gladness.

21-23 “When a woman gives birth, she has a hard time, there’s no getting around it. But when the baby is born, there is joy in the birth. This new life in the world wipes out memory of the pain. The sadness you have right now is similar to that pain, but the coming joy is also similar. When I see you again, you’ll be full of joy, and it will be a joy no one can rob from you. You’ll no longer be so full of questions.

23-24 “This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks!

25-28 “I’ve used figures of speech in telling you these things. Soon I’ll drop the figures and tell you about the Father in plain language. Then you can make your requests directly to him in relation to this life I’ve revealed to you. I won’t continue making requests of the Father on your behalf. I won’t need to. Because you’ve gone out on a limb, committed yourselves to love and trust in me, believing I came directly from the Father, the Father loves you directly. First, I left the Father and arrived in the world; now I leave the world and travel to the Father.”

29-30 His disciples said, “Finally! You’re giving it to us straight, in plain talk—no more figures of speech. Now we know that you know everything—it all comes together in you. You won’t have to put up with our questions anymore. We’re convinced you came from God.”

31-33 Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

Fires, Service, Ranching, Media

Well, that may be the most random title I’ve ever come up with for this blog.  I often start out typing then go back and add a title, but today’s a different day.  As a family, our hearts and prayers have been with the cattlemen and women in KS, OK and TX over the last week or so.  No, we didn’t see it covered on the national news but to be honest, I don’t catch a lot of information on the national news.  I have the local news on in the morning as I’m getting stuff done around the house, but am usually walking out the door to my job marketing real estate when the national news starts.  By the time I get home and get supper fixed, the national news is over.  I don’t think I miss much though.  My Facebook newsfeed was BLOWN UP with news of the fires.  I’m fortunate to have friends in many states and they’ve shared pictures and stories and prayers.  And lately, they’ve shared notes written to the national media and government officials.

The main question posed has been, “Why no coverage?  Why aren’t you trying to raise some sort of help or donations with your power and coverage?”  I’ve thought long and hard about that question.  At first, I too was frustrated by the lack of media coverage.  But while doing my life group study I came to a conclusion.  You see, when a major emergency happens in America, we usually hear out cries from the masses begging for help.  When the wildfires swept through the Plains last week, the men and women just grabbed what they had left and went to work.  There wasn’t time to waste waiting on help from the government or the media or celebrities.  There were animals to check, fences to be built and homes and barns to be rebuilt.  Unfortunately, the checking of animals often meant putting many down due to the severity of their burns.  And so, without large populations asking for help and relying on the government, the media and government didn’t think it was necessary to address it.  And, truth be told, they probably didn’t.  The rest of the American farmers and ranchers and rural citizens are taking care of their neighbors.  Neighbors aren’t just those who live next door, but who share the world with you.  And the response from the neighbors has been tremendous!

I got a call last week while I was at work from Mike and Chris.  They were wanting to donate a semi-load of hay.  Could I find a trucker willing to haul it?  I did a quick search and found them a couple of people to call.  This Tuesday, Marc Fenton showed up to get loaded with round bales.  He said they were heading out Friday morning and apparently, God was having a conversation with Chris.  Chris began feeling lead to haul a trailer with his truck out with hay and/or supplies.  He had the same look of determination and excitement in his eyes as he did when he and Jesse would go on mission trips to Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota.  He had commitments here, but today managed to rearrange his schedule so he can go.  And that’s the heart of ranching.  Always working to make your herd its best, but also being willing to lend a hand to those who are having a harder time than you are.  Trust me, it wasn’t a good day at our place yesterday.  We lost a cool little steer prospect and our gomer bull broke his leg somehow.  BUT, we still most of our herd, our family and our health.  There are those who have lost all of that, and yet, they’re moving on, working at rebuilding what they are left with.

I’ve asked Chris to take the camera along and have someone document it for us.  I’m sure he’ll have stories to tell and will be forever changed by what he sees and hears.  Back to that life group study….we’re discussing how to use our gifts and talents…..Chris, you have the gift of serving, son.  Go do what God has called you to.

Lent – Day 15 & 16 – Self Protection and Halos

When we last left off, we were imagining being part of the crowd cheering Jesus into Jerusalem.  Jesus was ever present in this celebration EVEN THOUGH He knew what the coming week held.  He was able to receive from people in the moment what He knew would not endure.  In the Triumphal Entry, Jesus permitted the crowd’s support, knowing it would soon sour.  Jesus, lovingly and fully, endorsed Peter’s future as the head of the church, even knowing Peter would deny even knowing Him.  In short, Jesus did not self-protect.  His love did not shrink back even when His love would ultimately be rejected.

Lent encourages us to follow Christ’s example.  Individuals who have been hurt by lost hopes tend to protect themselves against future disappointment by lowering their aspirations.  The same holds true in our relationship with God.  Uncertain that God will protect us, we proactively protect ourselves.  We lower our expectations, edit our dreams and shrink back from God.  And yet, with all of our inconsistencies God does not shrink back from us.  In suffering, our self-protection and isolation are broken.

Self protection is not always unhealthy.  We are built with a “fight or flight” mechanism that helps us run from unsafe situations.  We also need to self protect by self-differentiating from a toxic relative.  Self-protection in these instances are responses to danger:  we self-protect when we do not feel safe.  Therefore, when we spiritually self-protect, is it because we do not feel safe with God?  Or, is it because our disappointments fuel this unhealthy form of self-protections?  Spiritual leaders have abused power, prayer requests have gone unanswered, dreams have died, stepping out in faith backfired…..and so we maintain a proper distance from deeper levels of intimacy with God.  Favor is not what frees us from self-protection…..suffering is.  Well, not actually suffering but the choice within suffering to trust, to hope and to love.  Today, ask the Holy Spirit to alert you when you are shrinking back from God.

John 15:18-16:4

This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.

9-10 “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.

11-15 “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.

16 “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.

17 “But remember the root command: Love one another.

18-19 “If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me. If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you.

20 “When that happens, remember this: Servants don’t get better treatment than their masters. If they beat on me, they will certainly beat on you. If they did what I told them, they will do what you tell them.

21-25 “They are going to do all these things to you because of the way they treated me, because they don’t know the One who sent me. If I hadn’t come and told them all this in plain language, it wouldn’t be so bad. As it is, they have no excuse. Hate me, hate my Father—it’s all the same. If I hadn’t done what I have done among them, works no one has ever done, they wouldn’t be to blame. But they saw the God-signs and hated anyway, both me and my Father. Interesting—they have verified the truth of their own Scriptures where it is written, ‘They hated me for no good reason.’

26-27 “When the Friend I plan to send you from the Father comes—the Spirit of Truth issuing from the Father—he will confirm everything about me. You, too, from your side must give your confirming evidence, since you are in this with me from the start.”

16 1-4 “I’ve told you these things to prepare you for rough times ahead. They are going to throw you out of the meeting places. There will even come a time when anyone who kills you will think he’s doing God a favor. They will do these things because they never really understood the Father. I’ve told you these things so that when the time comes and they start in on you, you’ll be well-warned and ready for them. “I didn’t tell you this earlier because I was with you every day

Jesus’ emotions and actions following the Triumphal Entry were less than placid or tidy.  He wept over Jerusalem, forcefully cleared the temple, cursed a fig tree, confounded religious leaders, told pointed parables and experienced emotional distress.  That’s quite a week!  And it’s certainly not the neat and tidy Jesus that is pictured in family Bibles or children’s Bibles.  Jesus wept (think UGLY cry) over Jerusalem.  We don’t often think of Jesus grieving that way.  We think of halos, perfect hair and “no crying he makes” from Away in a Manger.  Jesus was not born with a halo.  Of course He cried.  Crying is not a sin.  Of course He did not have perfect backlit hair.  Messy is not a sin.

Many times when confronted with grief we tend to offer utterly unhelpful things to others such as, “You should weep.  God is in control.  He works all things for the good of those who love Him….there’s no need to fell _______.’  No one understood God’s goodness and control more than Jesus, and He still wept.  Which means we can too.

Today, fast from the false defintions of holy.

John 16:5-16

4-7 “I didn’t tell you this earlier because I was with you every day. But now I am on my way to the One who sent me. Not one of you has asked, ‘Where are you going?’ Instead, the longer I’ve talked, the sadder you’ve become. So let me say it again, this truth: It’s better for you that I leave. If I don’t leave, the Friend won’t come. But if I go, I’ll send him to you.

8-11 “When he comes, he’ll expose the error of the godless world’s view of sin, righteousness, and judgment: He’ll show them that their refusal to believe in me is their basic sin; that righteousness comes from above, where I am with the Father, out of their sight and control; that judgment takes place as the ruler of this godless world is brought to trial and convicted.

12-15 “I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now. But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said. He will honor me; he will take from me and deliver it to you. Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I’ve said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you.’

16 “In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me.”

Pi / Pie Day

Today is National Pi / Pie Day.  And while the men in my family really wish I was a good pie baker, the best I can offer them is a Pizza Pie.  Not sure why, but traditional pies just aren’t my thing.  So I thought I’d share a twist on Pizza Pie with you.

A few weeks ago we went to Texas for work and to visit family.  While there, one of the nieces made us a grilled pizza.  Seriously?  It was to die for.  Well, maybe not literally DIE for, but really, REALLY good.  We came home and had to give it a try.  We ended up making two and had very few pieces left over.  The crust was just our normal pizza crust.  You heat the grill up until you can only hold your hand over the grate for a couple of seconds.  You brush the grate with olive oil then place your shaped dough on the grill.  Close the grill and let it bake for 2 minutes.  Check it after 2 minutes and see if it’s golden colored with grill marks.  If so, remove from heat and flip over, so that you are putting your toppings on the grilled side.

I made this pizza sauce for one of our pizzas.  It came from littlespicejar.com and I found it on Pinterest.

A homemade pizza sauce recipe that’s sure to make your homemade pizzas taste so much better! This sauce is quick and easy to make, it freezes well, and has no mystery ingredients! Don’t you love knowing exactly what goes in your food?
Ingredients
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed or finely diced tomatoes (the best quality you can find)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated onions (or finely diced for chunkier texture)
  • 3/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (depending on heat preference)
  • 3 cloves garlic (grated or minced)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. If your tomatoes are packed whole, pour them into a large bowl and using your hands break down the tomatoes so that they’re chunky but not completely liquidy. This can also be done with an immersion stick blender by just pulsing it a few times. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the olive oil, grated onions, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes. Allow the oil to cook the ingredients for 3-4 minutes, stirring as necessary. Add the garlic and continue to cook for another minute.
  3. Add the tomatoes from step #1, along with the sugar and salt. Turn the heat down to low-medium and allow the sauce to simmer for 30 minutes. Taste the sauce and adjust seasonings to preference. If you’d like a more concentrated tomato flavor, you can continue to simmer the sauce for an addition 15 minutes.
  4. Use the sauce for pizzas immediately or allow to come to room temperature before storing in containers. Sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months.

For the pizza that we put this on we added smoked sausage pieces, onions, peppers and mushrooms that had been sauted ahead of time.  We then topped with a little mozzarella cheese.  For the other pizza we used Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce then put on some cooked chicken breasts and red onions along with some mozzarella cheese.  Be sure to not make your pizza too topping heavy as it will cause the crust to become soggy.  Put back on the grill and cook another 4 to 5 minutes until the bottom of the crust is golden with grill marks.  Eat immediately!  Enjoy!grilled pizza

Lent – Day 14 – Spectatorship

palm sundayToday we join in as Jesus travels from Bethany to Jerusalem just two short miles away.  Jesus has a crowd following Him that had gathered the night before to see both Jesus and Lazarus.  Entering Jerusalem with a crowd of followers and disciples, Jesus was further surrounded by a crowd already gathered in the city for the festival of the Passover.  The scene that follows is one that Christians have heard often – maybe too often.  You see, we become complacent when the story becomes too familiar, too stale.  So today, allow your childhood imagination to take you to the scene.  Enjoy it in living color, in surround sound, in 3-D, in odor vision (although beware, animals and crowds of people are both smelly).  John 12:12-19

12-15 The next day the huge crowd that had arrived for the Feast heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem. They broke off palm branches and went out to meet him. And they cheered:  Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!  Yes! The King of Israel!

Jesus got a young donkey and rode it, just as the Scripture has it:
     No fear, Daughter Zion:
    See how your king comes,
    riding a donkey’s colt.

16 The disciples didn’t notice the fulfillment of many Scriptures at the time, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that what was written about him matched what was done to him.  17-19 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, was there giving eyewitness accounts. It was because they had spread the word of this latest God-sign that the crowd swelled to a welcoming parade. The Pharisees took one look and threw up their hands: “It’s out of control. The world’s in a stampede after him.”

For a brief moment, the crowds of Jerusalem honored their King.  Covering the road in a royal carpet of palm branches and cloaks (coats), the multitudes shouted messianic praises to their one and only King of kings.  And, you know what?  Jesus didn’t stop them.  In fact, when the anxious religious leaders told Jesus to rebuke His fans, he replied, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:39-40)

In just a few days, the crowds would change their shouts of “Hosanna!” to ones of “Crucify Him!”  Yet, even though Jesus knew this shift would come, He still showed up for the parade in His honor.  Jesus did not let the rejection of tomorrow cause Him to reject the love of today.

That brings us to today’s fast – we are to fast from spectatorship.  The whole celebration on what we now call Palm Sunday was too out of control, too wild.  The religious leaders refused to join in and sacrificed joy to something they deemed greater – be that propriety, suspicion or even jealously.  I wonder what my reaction would have been.  Would I have joined in the praise session or would I have faded into the background as a spectator instead of a participant?  I’m not one to jump right in to a situation without careful consideration.  Today, we’re to fast from spiritual spectatorship.  Enter into worship.  When considerations start turning into hesitations about something Jesus is clearly at the center of, throw hyper-caution to the wind and celebrate Jesus with abandon.

As an end note…..after I had this all typed out I went to look for an image to include.  What I discovered is all the images aimed at adults seemed to portray a neat and orderly celebration – like the religious leaders wanted.  Only in the children’s illustrations do we find a tiny bit of the joyous chaos.  So enjoy a little childlike, chaotic faith today.

Lent – Day 12 and 13 – Six Degrees and Lavishly Loving

You may recall the story of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar healed by Jesus.  In celebration, he followed Christ into Jericho, joyously telling all near him of his healing.  And he was there when Jesus called Zacchaeus down from the tree.  Can you imagine, healing a physically blind man then dining at the home of a spiritually blind man all within a day?  Bartimaeus and Zacchaeus were from the same town.  Zacchaeus may have disgustedly passed by Bartimaeus on a regular basis.  He may have collected such high taxes from the man that the only way he could survive was to beg.  And yet they all 3 sit down together at Zacchaeus’s home to eat.  Is it possible that the beggar helped to make spiritually rich the man who made him financially destitute?  Here’s the thing, while following Jesus is most often an individual act of faith, that act almost always affects those around you.  We are interrelated.

In 1929 a Hungarian writer named Frigyes Karinthy wrote a short story called “Chain-Links”  in which he suggested the theory of Six Degrees of Separation.  This theory is a key concept in city planning and social networking.  Spiritually, the theory highlights the truth that each life needs and, in turn, affects all other lives.  Therefore, we are called to fast isolation.  Spend time interacting with others.  Call that family member.  Visit a friend or neighbor.  Link and be linked, need and be needed, see and be seen.  Refuse to discount your influence, especially in small act and intentionally nurture your God-given web of relationships.

Read John 14:15-22.

Day 13 takes us from Zacchaeus’s joyful Jericho party to yet another dinner held in the home of Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha.  Arriving just 6 days prior to the Passover, Jesus sat down at a dinner held in His honor and “Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair.  And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” (John 12:3)

Each of the Gospels present an account of Jesus being anointed.  I had always assumed they were the same story told from different perspectives.  I now believe I was wrong.  The anointing in Matthew and Mark were likely the same event.  It took place two days before the Passover in Simon the Leper’s house in Bethany.  The one in Luke took place before John the Baptist was beheaded.  And finally the one in John took place 6 days before the Passover in Lazarus’s home.  Which means that as Jesus was traveling cross-ward, Jesus was quite aromatic.  Nard was a very strong smell and he was essentially covered head to toe in it.  It was often used in preparing bodies for burial.  When Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss in the garden, he would have been reminded by the fragrance that Father God prepares all things well.

Jesus spent much of His last days at tables, resting in the company of new and old friends.  If you only had 6 days to live, how and with whom, would you live them?

Today, we’re called to fast from stinginess.  Nard was a very expensive essential oil made from the roots of a plant that only grows in the Himalayas of Nepal, China and India.  In the account of Jesus’ anointing in Mark, the question was posed, “Why this waste of perfume?  It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.”  Why this waste?  Because love does not calculate.  What an honor to be remembered as one who loved lavishly.  Today, fast stinginess:  seek an opportunity to be irrationally lavish toward someone who cannot possibly return the favor.  Give because you love.  Give without letting reason ration out your love in stingy portions.

Read John 13:23-31

 

Lent – Day 11 – Profiling

Profiling – now there’s a word we hear on a regular basis in our culture.  Our media in America seems to believe profiling is a rather new idea but our reading today shows us that the disciples were involved in religious profiling.  We look at the time when Jesus and the disciples were traveling from Jericho to Jerusalem.  We all know what happens when He gets to Jerusalem, so that makes this trip special.  Jesus knew it was a trip that would end in His crucifixion.  So, knowing these were His final days and weeks, what does Jesus do?

Let’s look at a series of events recorded in Luke during this time.

  1. Jesus tells the Parable of the Persistent Widow, who cried out for justice until she received it.  (Luke 18:1-8)
  2. Jesus tells the Parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, in which the Tax Collector is described as justified before God. (Luke 18:9-14)
  3. People bring children to Jesus and the disciples rebuke and try to stop them. (Luke 18:15-17)
  4. A rich ruler asks Jesus how to inherit eternal life and the disciples do not interfere.  (Luke 18:18-30)
  5. Jesus once again predicts his death.  (Luke 18:31-34)
  6. A blind beggar cries out for Jesus to help him and the disciples rebuke him, telling him to be quiet.  (Luke 18:35-43)
  7. A tax collector climbs a tree to see Jesus and the disciples are silent (Luke 19:1-9)

Jesus taught on the power of persistent supplication and then Luke provided 4 pop quizzes.  How did the disciples do?  Let’s see, they rebuked the children, allowed the rich ruler to question Jesus, rebuked the blind beggar and allowed the tax collector to call out to Jesus while remaining silent.  They profiled.  They were wanting Jesus to be surrounded with the rich and powerful.  Maybe they were doing it because they thought that was the best way to draw more people to Jesus.  Maybe they had forgotten their roots.  They were a part of Jesus’ inner circle now, not the fishermen and laborers he recruited just years before.

Are we more like Jesus or more like the disciples?  Who do we spiritually underestimate?  Have you forgotten your beginnings before Christ?  Do you value the input of young and old alike?  Do you believe the individual who’s just scraping by in this world and the wildly successful can be on the same spiritual level?  Do you wish to hand pick those who serve with you instead of allowing Christ to move in their lives and bring them along side you?  Today we are to fast from religious profiling.  I thought that was all I had until I went to Biblegateway.com to copy today’s reading.  Instead God had this nugget of wisdom sitting there for me:

God wasn’t attracted to you and didn’t choose you because you were big and important—the fact is, there was almost nothing to you. He did it out of sheer love, keeping the promise he made to your ancestors. God stepped in and mightily bought you back out of that world of slavery, freed you from the iron grip of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations. But he also pays back those who hate him, pays them the wages of death; he isn’t slow to pay them off—those who hate him, he pays right on time.

Deuteronomy 7:9 MSG

 

Today’s reading is John 14:1-14

The Road

14 1-4 “Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.”

Thomas said, “Master, we have no idea where you’re going. How do you expect us to know the road?”

6-7 Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen him!”

Philip said, “Master, show us the Father; then we’ll be content.”

9-10 “You’ve been with me all this time, Philip, and you still don’t understand? To see me is to see the Father. So how can you ask, ‘Where is the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act.

11-14 “Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.