Prayer: Gracious God, teach me through your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Do not let your hearts be troubled. (v. 1)
Are you into gardening? Our devotion writer tells of here experiences with gardening…tilling, planting, watering, weeding. For those of us who do this as well, there is always a miracle of life to witness. Our devotion writer calls it: “It is a hopeful and intimidating time.” I’m not sure about the intimidation but I do agree that it is a time for awe at the new life growing out of the earth.
In today’s text, Jesus is preparing the disciples for His departure. There is much to tell them and us, and many mysteries will remain, and he reminds us that we must not lose heart. It is important to focus on Jesus as the way to know who God is. We will experience new life when we do. We are to be reminded of Jesus’ promises to be with us and that He has gone to prepare a place for us for eternity. Our gardens can serve as a reminder of the new life in Jesus, and the life in the world to come.
Prayer: “Jesus, our way of peace and love, create in me that same spirit. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Jesus the Way to the Father
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.