Making Things Fit

3/4/2013

John 7:25-36

Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah?  Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.”

Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come.
 
Yet many in the crowd believed in him and were saying, “When the Messiah comes, will he do more signs than this man has done?”
 
The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering such things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent temple police to arrest him.
 
Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little while longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. You will search for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.” The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? What does he mean by saying, ‘You will search for me and you will not find me’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”

Making Things Fit

The encompassing message of the scripture is the questioning and the threat of Jesus as the Messiah. The learned people could not make Jesus “fit” into their understanding of what they thought the Messiah “should be.” The average lay-person could not see how Jesus could not be the Messiah.
 
It seems to me that we are often not able to see that which is right in front of us in clear sight. We often want to “make things fit” into our expectations instead of “live into God’s Way.”
 
Life is never sure, smooth or guaranteed. As a hospice chaplain, I see it all the time – people realizing the fragility of life with too little time left and no guarantees. The message that I bring time and time again is simple – support one another in times of need, celebrate in times of joy and live into a relationship with God, yourself, others and all of Creation with every moment to the best of your ability. What happened a moment ago, yesterday or even a decade ago is history; what we have is now, this moment.
 
I attempt to do this, through God’s grace, by listening to people and their stories, holding their hand in times of grief, laughing with them and crying with them if needed.

Prayer

Gracious and Loving God, may we live into this moment with Your grace, Your love and Your care. Continue to teach us in Your ways. Amen.

Rev. Lauren M. Padgett is Chaplain with Harbor Light Hospice in Peoria.