We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day…
– John 9:4
It always gets me, the difference that’s made by one little word. For example, take the first word of John 9:4. We. In the context of the events, I would have expected Jesus to say “I”. I must work the works of him who sent me. That would have made sense; after all, Jesus is the one who was sent by the Father, and Jesus is the one who would heal the blind beggar. And yet in this moment, as Jesus looks at the man and gives voice to his mission, “I” is not what he says. Jesus says “we,” as though inviting his disciples to be more than mere spectators.
We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day.
There are so many stories to which we’re mere spectators. The stories we read, the stories we watch, and the stories we hear told. But the thing about the gospel, the thing about Jesus, is that although we can’t go back and write ourselves into his story, he invites us, right now, to live ourselves into it.
Let us live into his story today.
With you for Jesus,
Pastor Daren Redekopp
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