Transformation in Progress

 

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Change is necessary for new life to happen.

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Listen to my song “Take the Road Less Traveled” by clicking HERE.

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John 16:7

“But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.”

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When Jesus told his followers that he would be leaving, I’m sure they were crushed.

Leaving?

Wasn’t Jesus the Messiah they were looking for to lead them out of Roman oppression?

Sometimes our preconceived ideas are dead wrong.

And the other truth is: Sometimes change is needed so that something better can happen.

Life is about change.

Jesus knew that God’s creative plan unfolds through life and deathand life.

It’s what we call the Paschal Mystery.

Jesus taught us the pattern of kenosis or the process of self-emptying on behalf of others.

He loved and forgave in the face of death, and death was not the end but transformation to new life.

Jesus lived out his teaching: “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit” (John 12:24).

Jesus’ death on the cross appeared to be a great defeat.

But it was instead a triumphant victory.

He showed us that death leads to resurrection and new life.

Through his death, the Advocate, or the Holy Spirit, was unleashed upon all of creation.

Now we have the Spirit to help us through all the “dyings and risings” that happen throughout our lives.

It’s the only path in finding your true self.

As Jesus said, “You must lose your life to find it” (Matthew 16:25).

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Listen to the song of the day “Take the Road Less Traveled” on the Live to Love album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

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Remember: God loves you!

 

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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