March 12, 2015
Daily Scripture Readings for Lent 2015
Who among us at the worship service commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma, will soon forget Dr. James Forbes’ electric “I AM” of Jesus? When the woman at the well in Samaria said to Jesus, “I know that the Messiah is coming; when he comes he will proclaim all things to us,” Jesus said to her, “I AM” (John 4:25-6).
Like the voice of God to Moses in Exodus 3, blazing forth from the burning bush, “I AM,” so Jesus the Son of God is called by this name.
Again, in John 8, Jesus says to the people, “you will die in your sins unless you believe that I AM” (v. 24) and again, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM” (v. 28).
It is this truth that sets us free: “If you continue in my word, and you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (vv. 31-2).
As Jesus went about erasing boundaries, “versus-isms” and “againstnesses,” according to Dr. Forbes, Jesus proclaimed the common humanity of every child of God. Categories of in-groups and out-groups no longer matter; human-made systems of privilege and dehumanization are dismantled. Like Jesus, each child of God is, and that is the source of true freedom.
Linda Wright Simmons