Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 16, 2003
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 16, 2003
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here
is a meditation from 'The Road to Emmaus,' a book of
daily meditations written by and for the LGBT community
of faith. These meditations start with a Gospel reading
and a meditation based on it written this week by the late
Rev. Larry J. Uhrig and is reprinted here in his memory.
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Please read John 3:16-21
Immediately after Jesus' discourse about spiritual truth,
John states the central spiritual truth of the Gospel in
the sixteenth verse, 'For God so loved the world that God
gave God's only Child, that whoever believes in that Child
should not perish but have eternal life.' John's commentary
then returns to the issue of recognizing truth by saying
that many could not see Jesus as the light of the world,
that many would not receive him as Saviour.
Coming to truth, coming to Christ, coming to a personal
faith, these things are more a matter of 'seeing' than
doing. The Spirit of God shows Jesus to those who seek.
The words of verse 16 have a way of stopping the reader.
I know they do me. I stop and ask, 'Do I believe God
loves me? Does Jesus tell me this?' So often I have
read the Gospel account of the life of Jesus as if I
were reading an interesting story that did not affect
me. But if this verse is the central truth of the whole
story, I have to ask the question, 'Do I believe this?'
I return to the story in a more personal way, my mind
flooded with questions. It is when my feelings begin
to overflow my thoughts that the truth of the Gospel
starts to break through to me. I need to feel love.
I don't want to perish. I want life eternal. Am I
able to grasp what John is talking about? Do I not
recognize who Jesus is? Do I refuse to receive Christ
I continue to read the Gospel, seeking to know that
Jesus is my Saviour. I know that my faith begins in
knowing I am the one loved by God, that God gave Christ
for me. In hearing John speak to me, I must answer.
Now the words are mine, God loved me so much that God
gave Jesus Christ, that I might believe and not perish,
that I might have eternal life. This is my faith, my
Christ, show yourself as God's gift and salvation to
all who read these words. We seek you here and now.
My words seek to reveal you. I know you want to be
known to all. Jesus, I want to add my testimony to
Grace and peace,
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