tirsdag 23. mai 2017

He is always nearby - a time for everything *

The seven disciples who met Jesus at the shore of the Sea of Galilee were in an open physical landscape, but even in such sceneries much is hidden for the physical eye. The same may be said about the landscape of faith, it is open, yet not everything is revealed. This fact becomes evident in this verse:
Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.
John 21:12
I do not think that it was the fear of Jesus' reaction that was the reason for the disciples not daring to ask the question, “Who are you?” I think it was because the moment was perceived as sacred. They had just experienced something supernatural. They did not understand the scope of it. Faith told them that it had to be their Lord and Master standing in front of them on the beach. A question or a void sentence could destroy the mystery of the holy moment it is to stand, sit or lay down in the presence of the Lord.

Anyway at least one of the disciples knew that Jesus knew what they knew in their hearts (2).

In such moments it is best to be quiet and just take in the mystery and keep it as something valuable, something only they can understand who have made the same experience: “Jesus is present in my everyday life.”

When I know that he is nearby, I do not dare to ask who he is or utter void words. It will ruin everything. It was very important for the disciples to learn this before they should receive tongues of fire shortly after this incident. Image if the 120 on the day of Pentecost had started to question “Who are you?”

‘Manna’ for today:

When Jesus is nearby, I will stay in his presence – not destroy it with void words.
(1) Imagine seeing such an amazing view and still grasp so little, but at the same time feel so intensely alive and at home in an unknown landscape - Nesna midnight July 2008. Is that what faith is?
(2) John 21:17
'A time for everything' is connected with the Bible's teaching about a 'season for every activity' Eccl 3 This series is about the teaching in the time between Easter and Pentecost 

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