Don Elly, M.Div.
I look at our political landscape where those running for positions from the President all the way down to the local level are making promises (some more than others) about the future. In some cases those running for office are very specific about what the new will look like.
I would work on the roads and bridges and make sure that there are ways to get the goods and services to market are safe and sound. Others say they would make us, as a country, safer and more secure. I don’t find much comfort in most of these pictures, for they describe the same old ways of doing things that is not working well. A definition of insanity is “doing the same thing time and again and expecting a different result.”
When you imagine the new what do you picture? How would it look different from the past and present? Both the Gospel of John and the writer of Revelation describe the new. John tells us, as followers, that Jesus is with the disciples for only a short time, but he is expecting us to act in a new way so that everyone will recognize we are his disciples. “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”
If Jesus is depending upon us to make clear that the new is here, we’ve a lot of work to do, but the way is clear. Because he loves us he expects us to love one another. No doubt that will continue to be a new commandment until with Jesus’ assistance we accomplish it. Revelation describes the change as an accomplished fact. It is not a prophecy of the future but I believe an expression of the hope we will experience s we love one another and most of all hold on to the NEW(1) that God has done and is doing in Jesus.
Revelation was written when the earliest Christians faced the power of Rome and the rage of the Emperor. Holding on to Jesus they have clearly shown us the value both in waiting for the new to arrive and BEING THOSE through whom Jesus will work, till we can hear Jesus say, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega , the beginning and the end.”
1 All the passages—every one of them—describes some aspect of the new that God brings about in our lives.
April 24, 2016; Cycle C; 5th Sunday of Easter
Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; *Rev. 21:1-6; **John 13:31-35