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You keep using that word…

April 20, 2017

"You keep using that word...

 

(I think it is pronounced Hhhaword--you know with the not-so-silent hha.)

 

I do not think it means what you think it means..."

 

“Inconceivable.”

 

So, if you have no idea what I am talking about, you have not seen the Princess Bride. If that is so, I can only tell you that was Inigo Montoya’s response when Vizini kept using the word “inconceivable,” more than what was necessary. I challenged our Launch Team to read the gospel of John, a chapter a day and read it in light of the end, at least part of the end. I challenged each of us to read it in light of the place where Jesus says to his disciples (and therefore us), “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” This should tell us that we are sent just like Jesus is sent. This begs the question, “How was Jesus sent?”

 

If only I could read the gospel of John with Inigo Montoya, the two of us would see that Jesus “keeps using that word!” He keeps using the word “sent,” in particular referring to “The father who sent me.” In the gospel of John, he uses it 55 times! There are only 21 chapters.

 

In chapter nine, reflecting on the question of suffering and injustice presented by the experience of a man born blind, Jesus tells his followers, As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:4-5). In