Every so often we hear of some group claiming that Jesus was not human, or not divine, or not at all. That the stories of the Bible are just about a nice guy. That we really do not need Jesus. Or the flip side of the argument is we are now too modern. We have great technology and can depend on our scientific methods and advancements. We are the progressive generation. Again, we just do not need Jesus. And with each generation, the arguments get more convincing all the time.
Remarkably, here is the second letter of John, written in the first century, the writer is claiming that there are those who do not acknowledge Jesus coming in the flesh. His words are strong. Anyone who is so “progressive” does not have a God. They are the deceivers. These deceivers are the antichrist, the deceitful one. But his last words of this reading are a comfort. Whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.
The message of Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Think about this, the message of Jesus does not need to change. It is the truth. And the truth endures forever because God’s love endures forever. The message God gave us was in His Son. There is nothing more that we human beings can add nor is there anything we can take away or modify. Rather it is for us to take His Words into heart, reflect and meditate upon them, make them who we are. For two thousand years people have been trying to eliminate or change the words of God. Such a futile project. The true message of God has remained. Remain in God’s love.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen