The Sacrifice of the Flesh

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Today we are telling accounts of John’s Gospel, from the point right before his death to his resurrection of the Lord. We start this reflection of John’s Gospel where Jesus is being questioned by the Pharisees, who want to kill Jesus. They want to kill Jesus because Jesus from time and time again has proven that the Pharisees are far from God and use God to take advantage of people by misleading them and Jesus calls them out on this.

The Pharisees tried to trick Jesus by telling them that this woman was committed to adultery and that the law of Moses says to stone her. Jesus then replied with “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin. (John 8 7-11)” Then Jesus is asked how he can call them slaves when since they’re the son of Abraham they have never been enslaved Jesus replied with “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.  Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8 34-38)” By Jesus saying that he is telling the crown they are in fact slaves of sin and the only way to be set free is by believing in the Lord. Later the Pharisees question Jesus on why he cured a blind man and then called them the blind ones because they can see their sin yet still sin. Then Jesus explains to us yet again that He will die for us but in death, he will rise again claiming His people because the chains of death can not hold him back by saying “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father. (John 10 14-18)’ After this, the Jews tried to stone him but backed off before they started to trough Jesus then left this town just to return when a man named Lazarus died. When he reached there and saw Lazarus’ sister Marry he cried and then went to her brother’s tomb. On this day Lazarus had been dead for 4 days and when Jesus removed the rock and called up to God Lazarus awoke.

During the last meal, Jesus washes the disciples’ feet. This is a parallel to Jesus forgiving our sins making us clean and then telling the disciple they need to wash each other’s feet now and forgive each other. It was after this when Jesus gave us His last commandment “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13 34-35)” Jesus later on then explains to his disciples and us as Christians by saying to us “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.(John 15 18-24)” When he says this he means do not live for the world it would be better for the world to hate you rather than face God’s wrath but since we all have the power to become the disciples of Christ we will be hated by the world but loved by God.

Then Jesus prays for us the children of God this prayer was “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them. (John 17 20-26)” Right after this prayer Jesus was taken away and arrested.

Once Jesus was arrested Pilate questioned him, he then went to the crowd and asked them whom he should release The King of the Jews and they all yelled no they wanted Barabbas instead. The soldiers mocked him giving him his crown of thorns and whipping him. Then Pilate gave Jesus over to the Jews who wanted to Crucify him. So Jesus was crucified above Jesus and read Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. Then after a while, Jesus gave up His spirit and died. But then 3 days later Jesus’s tomb was empty. Then Mary Magdalene saw Jesus again and he instructed her as she gave him a hug “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. (John 20 17)” Jesus then met with his disciples and showed them his hand and his side that had been punctured. This happened twice. During these meetings, many citizens and others saw Jesus and testified on this proving that Jesus was once dead and rose 3 days later. Then Jesus returns one last time and this time He sits to have a meal with his disciples on the beach. This is where Jesus tells Peter what he is to do when Jesus leaves forever. Jesus says to Peter “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?”He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go. (John 21 15-18)” It was after this moment that Jesus was lifted into the sky into the heavens above and this was also seen by many other towns people who have also testified for this. Then John tells us that “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. (John 21 25)”

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