Gospel of John 8:21-30 Reflection:
During these last couple of weeks of Lent, the readings are very much to do with the passion and death of Jesus. Today we have the story from Numbers where Moses is told to make a bronze image of a fiery serpent and place it on a pole. Anyone who looks on the serpent will be cured from snake bite.
The church has always looked upon this as a symbol of Jesus on the cross and that all who look to him will be saved.
In the gospel today, Jesus tells the disciples that when he is lifted up on the cross then the disciples will “know that I am He.” Jesus tells them quite plainly that it is in seeing him die that they shall come to recognise who Jesus really is. There is a strange message here, it is not until the death and resurrection of Jesus that his followers shall understand who and what the life of Jesus meant.
It is the same with us. Only in living the pain of life with the Lord at our side do we come to understand the power of Jesus to carry us through anything. It is by submitting to all the small hurts of life and understanding them as part of the passion of Jesus that we experience his saving power.
Jesus is a God who is with us in all times, the good and the bad; he is not a fair weather friend who likes to celebrate with us and disappears when the going gets tough. That is what the gods of this world do: money, power, greed.
Jesus is in it for the long haul. Sometimes we can walk with him, other times we can’t, but it is in the constant trying that we learn what all this is about!