January 19, 2013

January 19 – John 14:21-31

Judas/Thaddaeus/Lebbaeus is mentioned one time aside from the listing of the twelve. In John 14:21, Jesus said the one who loved him would be loved by the Father and Jesus would manifest himself to that person (14:21). Then “Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, ‘Lord, what then has happened that you are going to disclose yourself to us and not to the world?’” (14:22). This was an honest response from a man of faith who needed help in understanding the mission of Jesus.

Because the disciples were still expecting Jesus to establish an earthly kingdom and overthrow Rome, they found it hard to understand why he did not tell the whole world he was the Messiah. Not everyone, however, could understand Jesus’ message. Ever since Pentecost, the Good News of the Kingdom has been proclaimed to the whole world, and yet not everyone is receptive to it. Jesus saves the deepest revelations of himself for those who love and obey him.