Tuesday, 5th Week of Lent March 24th
Andrew McCarthy C ‘16
“So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me.” Jn 8:28
Jesus came as God’s ambassador so that we may open our hearts to the Lord. However, He is not the same as the numerous prophets before Him. Though fully human, Christ is not fully of this world in the same sense that Moses or Elijah were. Jesus did not just come as a holy man who spread God’s word, He is God. This is something that must have been extremely challenging to grasp for the first century Jews. This is why Christ uses three different expressions to explain His identity. Christ refers to Himself as “I AM,” in the same way God did for Moses. Jesus wanted the Jews of the time and all those after Him to realize just who He was and what He came to do. He came into a world in which He did not belong. He came to reveal God’s love for us and open our path to salvation. Christ is not just the messenger of God; He is also the message itself and our salvation.
Dear Lord, thank You for the sacrifice of Your Son. Help us to always remember who Christ is and the salvation He brought. Though we live in this imperfect world, remind us of Your perfection and give us hope that through Your Son we can achieve salvation. Amen.