Saturday, March 10, 2018
Faces of Easter Week Three
First, John names Jesus as the Messiah, there in the middle river, in front of everyone.
But that's not all, "There were people there that day who saw a dove coming down from heaven and coming near Jesus."
But that's not all, "There were also people there that day who heard a voice from heaven saying, 'This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased.'"
But that's not all, then he walks away.
This unfolding in the story feels particularly careful because the phrases, "There were people there that day who saw..." and "There were people there that day who heard..." gives the feeling of eyewitnesses, of people glimpsing God. It feels even more mysterious as a narrative told this way, and it gives all these moments of revelation, maybe you only saw one or heard one but it all comes together to make a very rich picture of God's presence. Hear John, see Jesus go down and see Jesus come up. See the dove flutter down, Hear the voice from heaven. It feels like there is no distance from God and people. He'll show them any way he can, I'm here, I've always been here. I speak, I'm always speaking. Here in the river, I am always here. Here in the dove, here in the voices of your family and friends. Here in the "darkness and chaos of the water" and then also in the light. Somehow in Jesus, it coalesces. And then he departs, but something of the knowing remains.
Posted by jillyg at 8:30 PM