John's gospel is full of people who got confused. Nicodemus hadn't a clue what Jesus meant by being 'born again.' Some Pharisees thought that Jesus might be going to kill himself. A formerly blind man didn't know whether Jesus was a sinner or not.
Confusion is a vital stage in our journey of faith. If Jesus hasn't confused you , maybe you don't know him very well.
As we saw last week, John's gospel isn't simple. This gospel spends 20 chapters circling around two ideas, that Jesus is God's Son and that he gives eternal life to all who believe in him.
Confused? Well there are two non-confused sort of reactions. The first is to reject the claims that John makes. Surely a human being cannot be God's Son? Surely all this stuff about eternal life is a pipe-dream? The second is to believe it at face value. Yes it must be true because the Bible says it is. I prefer the second reaction to the first, but I don't think it is the best we can do.
Let's think about Jesus as God's Son. John's gospel uses this idea as a shorthand for something much more complicated. That's why this book has a strange opening about the Word of God that is God and is with God. If that opening line doesn't confuse you I don't know what will. But please grasp this: John doesn't want to leave us confused. He wants us to look at a whole list of signs and pictures so we grasp as far as humanly possible who Jesus is.
This gospel tells us twice that Jesus is the Light of the World. He brings us from darkness to light. Our first reaction might be confusion, but that is only the start ....
31/8/2019 03:32:26 am
The gospel says that if you are confused or feeling lost, there is no better thing to do than t communicate with God. God will always lead the way for you to find the answer you have been searching all throughout. It may not be an easy path and it will take time for you to reach your destination. But surely, it is worth it and there are so many stuff you will learn along the process. I guess, that is just one of the magic we can get if we have enough trust towards God, isn't it?
23/9/2019 05:22:01 am
Great. Right now I am very confused. I am thinking of making a move but I am almost 100% sure no one will be able to react properly if I do that no matter how pristine my intentions are. I guess people are more happy to keep me on the side tracks. I think everyone has a need to be flamboyant and when this is threatened by anything or anyone who had more capacity to gather attention, they want that something plucked out from wherever it is springing. I hate that people tend to use people instead of helping each other move up.
23/9/2019 01:39:57 pm
Praying today that God will help you find a way through the confusion Thank you for your message.
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