Words from the Heart for Thursday October 15th, 2020
You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.
John 14:28-29 (NIV)
Going to the Father
Thankfully, Canada has never had a single case of African Swine Flu. If you’re coming to Canada from an African Swine Flu-infected country the Canadian government warns that you might bring the pig disease to Canada through infected pork products packed in your luggage. Pigs are at risk of infection if those pork products end up on a farm where pigs could be fed pork or if wild pigs have access to pork from landfills and then spread African Swine Flu to farmed pigs.
When I was a child, my father had to have open heart surgery. Although he was very ill, and the procedure was rare, my father assured me that he would come home. We prayed for him every day, and waited with expectation for his return. Weeks later, when he finally came home, we threw him a big party. It is a day I’ll never forget. Years later I became grateful that my dad went away, because he got the medical care he needed to live many more years. Jesus speaks about himself in this way in John 14:28-29: “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.’” Paul tells us in Philippians 2:5-8 that when Jesus came to earth, he emptied Himself and became a servant, made in the likeness of a man. Theologians call this the humiliation. When Jesus returned to the Father He once again took on full exaltation. We long to see Him in His fullness.
These have been words from the heart.