Text: John 14:8-17 (25-27)
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
I am struck by this statement, which seems almost offhand in the midst of Jesus’ extended farewell speech as imagined by the writer of the gospel of John. It seems to me to raise a fundamental question about how one might relate to Jesus.
The “Records of the Life of Jesus” seminars led by the Guild for Psychological Studies raise this question quite pointedly. Early on in the study of the teachings of Jesus as found in the gospels, participants are asked to consider whether “these things are true because Jesus said them,” or “Jesus said these things because they are true.”
Consider what Jesus says, or what any teacher who you consider wise and insightful—the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Jr, your father or grandmother—says. Do you trust in what they say to you because you believe in who they are, or because you find truth in how they live? Is it possible to separate those things?
– Andy Kille