When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
Imagine Jesus hanging out at the UMC General Conference. What would He do? What would He say?
We all tend to think that Jesus would come down on issues on our side. It’s only natural to do so. We believe and feel what we believe and feel an we can’t help but ascribe similar leanings to Jesus. Whatever side of the GLBQT issues we are on, we want Jesus on our side.
But back off from that for a minute. Forget about that one issue that has been so central at GC. Just imagine there is a meeting of Christians, and Jesus is in attendance. What kind of impact would His presence have on the gathering? Would the meeting’ agenda go on as planned? Would the group go about its business?
Imagine Jesus. Now imagine the response of those gathered Christians to His presence among them. Would they fall silent? Or would they sing praises? I imagine that whatever their response the meeting would not go on as it had been planned. Everything would be different.
Jesus said the truth would come and the Spirit would bring it. He said, in effect, that the truth was His and was in Him. We don’t have to imagine that. He said it. Even if the truth is too difficult for us to hear, it looms out there, and we wait the moment when we can hear it.
I’m not here to talk about opinions on the issues before the Church. I’m here to say tt the Church and its people can go forward in joyous acclamation, but it requires us to do one thing, Imagine Jesus, and imagine that He is among us right now and always.
He said “All that the Father has it mine.” That means our gatherings are His, our issues are His, and our Church is His.
As we look at questions and seek truth, this we must realize: all that the Father has belongs to Jesus. The only thing that can break away from Jesus is a person exercising God-given individual rights. So forget about truth, forget about issues, forget about General Conference.
Imagine Jesus. Remember that all is His. Are you?