Posted by: rogermitchell | December 18, 2009

the heart of the matter

“Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that his hour had come that he would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come forth from God and was going back to God, got up from supper, and laid aside his garments; and taking a towel, he girded himself. Then he poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” (John 13:1-5)

If this gospel Jesus of loving giving “to the end” is the Father Son and Holy Spirit God of grace and mercy then our reading adventures in the Old Testament, the Acts, epistles and Revelation must be fully informed by this knowledge. All our exegesis will conform to this; expand it, explain it, nuance it, yes; but never be less than the disclosure of this all consuming love.  The developing relationship with this God becomes the journey and story of our lives and the character of our positioning in the world.



  1. Hi Roger Mitch!…I love this last sentence…it says it all. Our journey is the forming of Life itself.
    Thankful for you Roger. Love to Sue. We are all doing well, lots to tell since our last Northumbrian get together. Maybe we will get to catch up in 2010?! That would be a joy. Hope you and Sue have a great Christmas time, loads of love around you both.
    Sarah Olson xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • Great to hear from you Sarah and thanks for the responses

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