Presbyter message

Dear Beloved- in- Christ,

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ”

“Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him, and with him two others-one on each side and Jesus in the middle.”(John 19:17,18)

The very mission of Jesus Christ is to reveal God and to redeem humankind. Jesus said, “The father and I are one” (Jn.10:30); “I am in the father and the father is in me.” (Jn14:10); “whoever has seen me has seen the father” (Jn14:9). So,Jesus came to reveal God; he came as “the image of the invisible God.” (Col. 1:15).

The center section of John’s Gospel (chapter6-15) has a number of “I am” sayings. The same Greek words for “I am” (ego eimi) appear in the Greek Old Testament in which God says to Moses at the burning bush, “I am who I am” (Ex.3:14). Jesus defines himself as the “I am” in the following seven sayings.

1. After feeding the multitudes: “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (Jn6:35)

2. Following the story of the woman caught in adultery: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (Jn 8:12)

3. Speaking to the crowds: “I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved…

4. “I am good shepherd (who)lays down his life for (his) sheep.” (Jn.10:9-11)

5. After the death of Lazarus: “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (Jn 11:25-26)

6. Speaking to Thomas and the disciples: “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me. If you know me, you will know my father also.” (Jn 14:6-7)

7. Again, speaking to the disciples: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them, bear much fruit.” (Jn15:5)

These seven “I am sayings” is revealed on the Cross. So Cross is the symbol of revelation in Jesus. Let the meditations and prayers throughout this lent and Passion Week give us new revelation from the Cross. 

With love and prayers.

Rev. BinjuVarugheseKuruvilla