APRIL 28. EASTER. Wk. 4. Wed. Jn. 12. 44-50
Jesus declared publicly:
‘Whoever believes in me
believes not in me
but in the one who sent me,
and whoever sees me,
sees the one who sent me.
I, the light, have come into the world,
so that whoever believes in me
need not stay in the dark any more.
If anyone hears my words and does not keep them faithfully,
it is not I who shall condemn him,
since I have come not to condemn the world,
but to save the world.
He who rejects me and refuses my words has his judge already:
the word itself that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day.
For what I have spoken does not come from myself;
no, what I was to say,
what I had to speak,
was commanded by the Father who sent me,
and I know that his commands mean eternal life.
And therefore, what the Father has told me
is what I speak.’
What Jesus is giving us here is a beautiful explanation of the gift of Faith which he has made available to each and every one of his creatures prepared to listen to and follow his teachings.
He is clearly, and unambiguously claiming to be a “teacher”; - who has been sent by God!
“Whoever believes in me, believes not in me, but in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me, sees the one who sent me,” is a clear statement that needs pondering, as it leads us, and encourages us, to strive for an intimate relationship with God, Our Father.
Christ, when he says “whoever believes in me, believes not in me”, is clearly placing himself below the Father, “who sent me”, adding “whoever sees me, sees the one who sent me!”
And in saying that he refers to himself as “a light”, to enlighten those who are in the dark; - “I am the light, have come into the world, so that whoever believes in me need not stay in the dark any more!”
What is happening here is Christ is encouraging us to see him as a teacher, who has been sent to lead us to the Father; - rather than proclaiming himself as the one we should obey or have a relationship with; - and, in so doing, he is giving his followers a powerful lesson in Humility.
We have a natural inclination to “put ourselves at the centre” but Christ rejects this approach; teaching us instead to put the wishes of the Father first. In doing this he is acting as a human being; - a man like us!
A man sent by God to teach, to instruct, and to be an example on how to Love and Serve God