Thursday, March 7, 2013

John 8: 21-32

Again he said to them, ‘I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.’ Then the Jews said, ‘Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, “Where I am going, you cannot come”?’ He said to them, ‘You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.’ They said to him, ‘Who are you?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.’ They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.’ As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’

Do you know how a governor works on an engine? It is a device that limits or restricts or governs the output of the motor. For example, under some rules for racing cars the various vehicles will be restricted (or governed) to a certain horsepower to make the race more equitable.

You might imagine what happens if the governor is removed. That means that the engine can now perform at maximal capacity without restriction or limitations. So what does that have to do with our Lenten study or with the passage we just read?

Take a look at the end of the passage to verse 31-32. “Then, (when you hold to my teaching and become my disciple) you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” The parenthesis is my addition to Scripture. Forgive me for adding to the sacred Word but I think you get the point. Perhaps you would be willing to ask this question….what ‘faith limitations’ (governors) are currently restricting my spiritual
horsepower?

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