Scripture: John 5:19-29
Key verses: (28,29) Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29and will come out — those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”
Reflection: In this scripture, John makes clear his identity with God. Jesus is Immanuel, God-with-us. It does not tell us where God is but it tells us where we are, in the presence of God. Our belief in Jesus brings us into God’s presence. It is for this reason that we can trust in the authority of Jesus to judge, and we can rejoice in the grace of Jesus to give life.
As we walk this Lenten journey, we carry with us the hope of new life. Jesus both assures us of eternal life in the future resurrection and declares that “the hour . . . is now here” when we who were dead in sin may have new life in Christ. As we wait and prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, let us remember that we need not wait for the presence of God to bring life and hope and joy to our lives and our communities. We claim that hope today. We live into the hope of the resurrection every day.
Prayer: Almighty God, may we celebrate the resurrection not only as something that will come, but also as something that is already happening. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].