John 14-15, Psalm 15


What good thing can from Nazareth? In John 14 & 15 Jesus' teachings reiterates much the central teachings in John's Gospel. Jesus' self-referential teachings make our Lord very distinct from the likes Mohammed, Buddha, Confucius, and every other religious leader the world still respects. They taught us virtues, Jesus said He alone is virtuous. Certainly there have been less popular cult leaders who made incredible claims about themselves. Even as unsound as some of them have been, it is hard to easily recall someone, even the nuttiest leaders claiming something as incredible as Jesus does when he states “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5) or “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father, but through me.” (John 14:6) As our world grows increasingly secular, one positive is that people are properly put off by Jesus like He intended in the first place. People didn't have the sort of middling responses to Jesus' message so characteristic in the West due to rampant innoculation against the radical nature of Jesus' words. Familiarity has bred not contempt, but indifference. However indifference can only be present in the person who remains at a critical distance from Jesus' person and message. May we find ways to help people hear Jesus afresh, that they might choose whether they are for Him or against Him. There is no middle-ground. Jesus was either deluded, a grand deceiver, or Lord of all things. That is why we feast on His love.