Thursday 11 April 2019
Genesis 17:3-9. Psalm 104(105):4-9. John 8:51-59.
The Lord remembers his covenant for ever – Psalm 104(105):4-9.
‘It is my father who glorifies me.’
To read the whole of today’s psalm gives us such an assurance of God’s faithfulness which he promised to Abraham and all of his descendants. In return God asked only that his people keep his laws.
Under the new covenant of Jesus, we are promised eternal life. In today’s Gospel we hear that ‘whoever keeps my word will never see death.’ It’s a dramatic scene: vivid word pictures of challenge and rebuttal between the Jewish authorities and Jesus leap off the page.
With the world around us becoming more violent, aggressive and self-serving, we who abide in Jesus ought to walk in the same way he walked – in kindness and love. We can spread this love and kindness to all we encounter by keeping in the light of his faithfulness and by reminding ourselves of his covenant. Lord, help us to transform our world with your tenderness.