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John 16.20-28 – Face-to-face with Papa

You will weep while the crowds cheer.  But your grief will give way to joy. (21) Giving birth is painful, but the pain is nothing compared to the joy of having a new baby. (22) You will have pain, but when I see you again on the third day, you will have joy, and no one will be able to take it away from you.

(23) On that day, you will not ask me for things.  Instead, you will ask Papa in my name, and she will give to you.  (24) This will be a change from how things were before.  You will be a full participant in the Triune conversation.  You will ask, you will receive, and you will overflow with our joy.

(25) I’ve been using figures of speech.  But soon you will be able to hear me speak of Papa more simply. (26) That is when you will ask for what you want in my name.  Let me be perfectly clear:  This does NOT mean I will ask Papa FOR you.  You won’t need to hide behind me as we live face-to-face with Papa together, (27) for Papa loves you just like I do.  You will know her love more and more as you continue to love me and believe that she sent me.  (28) Papa sent me to be present with you in the world in this way, but this phase of the plan is almost over.  My current mode of presence will end.  When I ascend as a man to Papa’s right hand, I will be with you in a new way.  A better way.


Matt 6.19-20 – An insider investment tip

I have an insider investment tip for you:  Your 401(k) isn’t as solid as you think; it’s tied up in assets that have no future, so get out now.  Earth, Inc. is getting taken over by New Creation Corp.  It’s a done deal, but most people don’t know about it yet.  In the end, New Creation will be the only stock worth owning anyway, and it’s 100% guaranteed against depreciation and theft. It’s time to start dealing in the currency of the future – Love.

John 2.13-17 – Jesus cleans house

Jesus traveled to Jerusalem for Passover. (14) But the temple courtyard wasn’t a place of prayer anymore; it had been turned into a tacky religious currency-exchange-slash-cattle-auction. (15) Luckily, Jesus knew how to deal with out-of-place creatures.  First, he MacGyver-ed a homemade whip out of materials lying around.  Then, cracking the whip over his head, he quickly herded the cattle and sheep out into the city streets (much to the consternation of the auctioneers).  He pushed over the currency exchange kiosks, scattering money all over the ground. (16) To the pigeon-peddlers he said “Take your business to someplace where it belongs. This is not a mall.  This is my Papa’s house.” (17) This made his friends think of something in the Bible:

Papa’s house will be my consuming passion.*

How to talk to Papa (Matthew 6.9-13)

Hi, Papa. I’m so happy you’re the one who’s running things. You are wonderful to me; there’s no one quite like you.  I can’t wait for the day when the whole world will know you fully and happily work at your side.  But in the meantime, take care of my needs today.  Help me to share in your cheerful love for me and for everyone, despite the bad choices we will make today. Help me to respond wisely to today’s little trials, so that they won’t grow into big trials for tomorrow. Help me not to believe lies today. You rock.

John 1.42-51 (Thursday) – Phil and Nate

DAY FOUR:  Jesus decided to pack up and start home to Galilee (He had a wedding to go to).  That was when he met Phil:

“Come with me”

(44) Phil (and Andy and Pete) lived in Galilee too, Bethsaida to be exact. (45) He went to tell their buddy Nate:

“Dude, we found him—‘The One’ Moses and the prophets wrote about—It’s Jesus, that guy from Nazareth!”

“My dear Philip, when good things come, they are usually classy enough to come from places that aren’t Nazareth.  Duh.”

“Just come see!”

(47) When Jesus saw Nate, he said:

“Ah yes, Nate!  There’s a Jew who never makes you wonder what’s on his mind.”

(48) Um, do we know each other?

“Yeah, I know you.  I saw you before Phil talked to you, under the fig tree.”

(49) “Whoa.  Boss…it really is you—Papa’s son, Israel’s king.”

(50) “You’re impressed by the fig tree thing?  You’ll see bigger things than that. (51) For real. Before we’re done, you will see through the fabric of space and time, and you will see angels going about their business across the bridge of heaven and earth—Me.

John 1.35-41 – (Wednesday) Andy, John, and Pete

DAY THREE:  John, with two of his students, (36) saw Jesus again and shouted: “Check it out—the Lamb from Papa, the One!” (37) When the students heard this, they went over to Jesus:

(38) “What’s up?” Jesus said.

“Where’s your camp, Boss? Can we come over?”

(39) “Come see.”

So they hung out with him that day, until about 4pm.  (40) One of them, Andy, (41) immediately afterward ran to tell his brother Simon:

“The One!  We have found him!”

(42) He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked up and said:

 “You’re John’s son, Simon, right?  From now on, your name is Pete.”

 “Um.  Okay.”

John 1.29-34 – (Tuesday) Sarayu’s new home

DAY TWO: John saw Jesus and said:

Today is the Big Announcement.  The One I’ve been talking about, the Lamb provided by Papa herself, the One who breaks the back of the world’s brokenness… Here he is!  Yes, that guy right there, the one with the hair!

(30) He is the one I was talking about when I said

“I come before the One who’s a bigger deal than me because he came before me.”

(31) For a long time, I myself did not know he was the One, but announcing him to you today is the one reason why I’ve been baptizing all this time.

(32) How do I know he’s the One?  I saw Sarayu herself, in the form of a dove.  She fluttered down to Jesus and perched on his shoulder and stayed there, like he was her new nest. (33) I was surprised as you are that it was Jesus!  But when Papa sent me to start baptizing people, she told me:

“You will see Sarayu come upon someone and remain there. That someone is the One who will immerse people not into water but into Sarayu’s own infinite life-together with Papa.

(34) That is exactly what I saw happen to Jesus, so I’m telling you now: He is the One.


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