Sep 20, 2020
268 The Father Judges No One But Gives All Judgement to The Son, A Guided Christian Meditation on John 5:20-24 with the Recenter With Christ app
I'm Chaplain Jared and I work as a hospice chaplain and an ICU chaplain, my purpose in making this podcast is to help you find more peace in your life and to be more open for your heart to be changed by the Spirit of God. By using centuries old form of Christian Meditation named Lectio Divina:
Outline: Relaxation, Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Contemplation and Visualization.
Get into a place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted for about 20 minutes.You should hopefully not be driving or anything tensing or unrelaxing. If you feel comfortable to do so, I invite you to close your eyes.
Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:
Breathe and direct your thoughts to contacting God. Let your stomach be a balloon inflate, deflate.
Bible verses for Meditation:
20 The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished. 21 Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes. 22 The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.
20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
Meditation on Scripture:
When you ponder the throne of God is it a moment of terror or a moment of joy?
There is a Holy Day in the Jewish Calendar this time of year called Rosh haShanah. It is a time when Jews ponder on forgiveness. It is a time to solemnly remember how we need forgiveness from God and celebrate Yom Kippur as the day of atonement. Even for many Christians the prospect of forgiveness seems unresolved despite clear teachings countering this fear. We know what God has asked and we know what we have done and continue to do. We read in the Book of Revelations about the Great White Throne of God. It is the throne from which God will stand in judgement. This is an idea that has cast terror and fear into people’s hearts for generations. It becomes obvious to see why, but not when we understand Jesus’ intentions with us.
This scripture says that the father will not stand in judgement at all. He has given all judgement to the Son. What is more it goes on to say that if we believe in Jesus will not stand in judgement at all. Ponder this, instead of standing trial before a God in fear and trembling, we will be received in love by a God of Mercy. The thing that you have been fearing will not go the way you fear it would.
With that said I think there is profound healing that comes from taking personal accountability for our sin. What do we do with our lives once we know that we our out of trouble so to speak. Do we get lazy and complacent? If so there is no way we can receive all the spiritual blessings God has in mind for us. As you ponder that your God was willing to allow the horrors of the cross to get out out of the horrors of being on the wrong side of the judgement seat I hope that you feel inspiration to draw nearer to God and embrace the Love he offers by following Christ’s law of love and discipleship.
I want you to ponder
This is a huge relief because if we were to go to trial we most certainly would be found guilty.
Meditation of Prayer:
Pray as directed by the Spirit.
Dedicate these moments to the patient waiting, when you feel ready ask God for understanding you desire from Him.
Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:
I invite you to sit in silence feeling being patient for your own faults and trials.
Summarize what insights you have gained during this meditation
and meditate and visualize positive change in your life:
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Final Question: Do you live righteous to avoid judgement or to live in harmony with the God of Glory?
Final Thought: I encourage you to take full accountability for your actions, embrace the love of God, make amends, and then move forward with a purer heart than before. Through humility and grace we overcome our sinful natures and draw closer to God. If you find yourself only motivated to do good by the threat of hell, ponder the greater way Jesus has set before us. We can be inspired to live a heavenly life here on earth as Jesus taught. He has given us an unobtainable standard. He asks perfection and our job is to pursue it with humility and faith.
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