Prayer: Dear Jesus, may your story continue through our lives. Amen
Reading: John 20: 19-31 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Have you ever watched a movie and wished it would have been longer? A lot of what is filmed ends up on the cutting room floor. But if you really liked the movie you would watch more of it, even the parts that were cut. Maybe that is why out takes are sometimes played while the credits are rolling.
The Gospel of John ends with, Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. (v. 30) Wait! What? There was more? More signs; more stories of Jesus! I want to see the outtakes.
But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. (v. 31)
I guess what was written was enough to know. The rest is in our hearts by faith. There are no outtakes to know what else Jesus did. If the world needs to see more, we are the ones who have to show it in our lives. Roll the credits! --Ruth Gates
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