There are many people in today’s world who admire Jesus. There are lots of people who claim that they try to live by Jesus’ message of mercy and love. Unfortunately, though, too many of those people want to define Jesus as just one of many spiritual leaders. That viewpoint, while appealing to the egalitarian tastes of our culture, is an unauthentic understanding of the gospel. In the passage we read today from John’s gospel, the evangelist is unambiguous about the true nature of Jesus.
The one who comes from above is above all.
The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things.
But the one who comes from heaven is above all.
He testifies to what he has seen and heard,
but no one accepts his testimony.
Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy.
For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.
He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
but the wrath of God remains upon him.
Truth is truth, no matter how many people want to disbelieve it. Jesus is the Lord, the Messiah, the Son of God. Salvation must come through him. All of us have to decide whether we will go our own way or go God’s way.
He is above all.