John 3:1-18
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The Waters of Creation

The Waters of Creation

Well this is an interesting spin
on the work of Jesus on earth.
It apparently takes more than just breathing
to enter into the place
to which this translation has Jesus referring as
“original creation—
the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water creation,
the invisible moving the visible… ” place,
but I think that might be a wrong assumption.
Well, we can say that it is
mystical language for sure.
It is:
cloaked in metaphor,
simile disguised as fact,
analogy dressed up as actuality,
dim memory passed on as current history,
but still, 100% truth.
These words are the attempt by the writer
of what we call
the Gospel of John
to explain to us,
two thousand years and beyond,
something that occurred
about 90 to 120 years prior to his writing,
and in terms common to his time,
not to ours.
We are challenged to
not only have open hearts,
but generous minds.
In past and other translations
and exegetical essays
scholars have created a polarized treatment
of this text that saves or condemns
depending on the work
the one-to-be-saved is willing to put out—
a rigidity excluding the ambiguous
nature of the text itself.
But does it take more than just breathing
to enter into this mystical realm?
I think not.
I think that if,
no mater which way we turn
God is there,
then so is our salvation.
Something I have worked on over the years,
and come to a satisfactory understanding,
is how Paul tells us that we cannot be
saved by our works
and that only faith can save us.
But if it is our faith that saves us,
then our faith itself
becomes a work,
not having the power
to save,
and we are left holding
onto an empty hope.
I have come to understand that
Jesus, who instituted the
had an incredible faith in
the one he knew as abba, or father,
and it is precisely this faith that saves,
not ours.
In the Gospel of John,
the writer offers no definitions,
no suggestions
as to how one might do such a thing
as being born again
beyond believing and
leaving us kind of
dangling between the devil
and the deep blue sea, so to speak,
with salvation nigh unto impossible,
unless there was something else going on.
And I believe that the reason the salvation
Jesus offered was,
and still is,
so hard to understand
was that it was/is truly free,
and with no action at all
needed on the part
of the one-to-be-saved—me, you.
Which is still true and today
still so hard for many to understand,
and why some scholars make it so tricky,
and with so many consequential
and mean-spirited stipulations.
does not make us special
and better than the unsaved.
In the end, we are all
part of the same crowd.
With none being unsaved,
makes all of us equal
to all the rest of us…


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