- "The purpose of faith is to lead us to know the heart of God..."
- Forever in Love with Jesus - Kathy Troccoli, Dee Brestin - Google книги
- Why "Faith, Hope, and Love" Are So Important and Will Last Forever
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Deuteronomy I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to what is false, Nor has sworn [oaths] deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. That's what faith means -- that you enter into a relationship with God.
"The purpose of faith is to lead us to know the heart of God..."
John believed. He was the first one to begin to have a sense that this was different -- you relate to Jesus now through faith, not through sight. Then in that Gospel passage of today, if you go on just a couple more verses, Mary Magdalene, who also was at the foot of the cross and who loved Jesus with an extraordinary love stood weeping outside the tomb and as she wept she bent down to look inside. She saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been -- one at the head and the other at the feet. They said, "Woman, why are you weeping?
I don't know where they have put him. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?
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Mary answered, "Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him and I will go and remove him. He called her by name, Mary. She turned and said to him, "Rabboni," which means Lord. Then Jesus said to her, "Go to my brothers and sisters and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father who is your Father, to my God who is your God.paycunititg.ml
Forever in Love with Jesus - Kathy Troccoli, Dee Brestin - Google книги
Each of these people -- Mary and John the apostle have this special relationship with Jesus. It's a relationship that's built on faith, on believing.
It's a real relationship, but it's not one that is built on your senses, something you can see or hear and so on. It's faith, but also it's bonded by love. John had that special love for Jesus and Mary Magdalene did too. There's a beautiful passage in the book called the Song of Songs. It's part of the wisdom books of the Old Testament. In this passage it's a song between two lovers. The one says, "Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm; for love is stronger than death.
It's jealousy is lasting overcomes the power of death. Love burns like a blazing fire.
It blazes like a mighty flame. No flood can extinguish love nor rivers submerge it. That's what brought John and Mary Magdalene -- the first two to really accept a new reality that Jesus is alive! Through love we can be connected to him. Through faith we know him, but that's the only way. We can't prove it through any kind of human calculations, but through love. Through faith we establish a relationship with Jesus who is alive. Our spirit life, which is deep within us, connects with the spirit life of Jesus and we know he is risen!
It brings great joy to our hearts when we really begin to understand this, not as some resuscitation, but a whole new way of living on a different realm, a different way. Jesus is alive forever and draws us into his risen life. If we strengthen our relationship with Jesus through faith and through love we will come to know him as Mary Magdalene did, as John the disciple did, and gradually the other disciples. It's really something totally extraordinary and I hope we never just take it for granted again, if we have before.
Why "Faith, Hope, and Love" Are So Important and Will Last Forever
Understand that this is a new thing. It never happened before, it hasn't happened since, but it will happen to all of us if we stay united with Jesus, our risen Lord. That then brings us to our final reflection today.