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How They Squirm with John's Gospel

The fourth Gospel is more threatening than the Synoptics. It insists that Jesus is God and that He cannot be approached through learning. This puts all of our sweat and vinegar beside the mark, and oh how we want to have a ladder to climb by self-effort. But He said it to Nicodemus: ‘Get shaken up. Wait for the Spirit to blow. Be born again.’ The learned man was almost disappointed that it was so simple. The same stumbling is observed nowadays in sanctuary turned lecture hall. It is supposed to be a place of prayer and begging, not a classroom or theatre. Jesus comes along in John’s Gospel with many self-disclosures of “I am”.
I am the Living Water. (ch. 4 and ch. 7)
I am the Living Bread. (ch. 6)
I am from above. (ch. 8)
Before Abraham was, I am. (ch. 8)
I am the Light of the World. (ch. 9)
I am the Door of the sheep. (ch. 10) I am the Good Shepherd. (ch. 10) I am the Son of God. (ch. 10)
I am the Resurrection and the Life. (ch. 11)
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. (ch. 14)
I am t…

Revelation Taking Root

Sometimes words are said
But meaning comes up missing
Listeners scratch their heads
Or just move on apace.
Deeper truth is there
Than meets the understanding
Whether now to soft-sell
Or hold on firm in grace?
Spirit gave the words
And Teacher just relayed them
Precious puzzling package
Must wait a richer clay.
May we have the strength
To leave them there maturing
Taking root unseen
Until their blossoming day.