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Peacemaking is one of the more misunderstood parts of this passage. Peacemaking is not peace-keeping, not is it avoiding conflict. Peacemaking is the intentional rebuilding of damaged relationships, making them stronger than they were before. It is not in us to do this, and reliance on Christ is our only hope for truly great relationships.
It is clear that we need Intellectual education and supernatural experience.
Primary Claim: Faith that brings true life must be rooted in an intimate relationship with Christ.
Jesus explains why we can't take the New and embrace the Old.
Looking at Mary's encounter with the resurrected Jesus, and how the proclamation of her name brought a new course to her entire life as well as the proclamation for our lives.
We are in the Gospel of John again today. We began this year considering the 7 miracles of Jesus as told by John. Now, we are considering the 7 “I Am” statements of John. In fact, today we have come to the last of these. Seven times, John records Jesus proclaiming Himself with the introductory formula “I am.” “I am the bread of life.” We said that just as bread sustains our lives physically, Jesus proclaimed Himself to be the One who sustains us spiritually and eternally. “I am the light of the world.” This statement gives us a radical claim (I am the light of the world) which calls us to a radical discipleship (anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness) which guarantees for us a radical promise (but will have the light of life). Then, there were the statements, “I am the door” and “I am the Good Shepherd” that point to Jesus being the only way to salvation. “I am the resurrection and the life.” This statement points to the promise of eternal life. “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Again, Jesus is the one and only way to eternal life. The last is recorded here in John 15.
Easter. We celebrate Jesus' resurrection and the promise of eternal life. Yet God also offers us abundant life as we walk this Earth. Four elements that are the LIFE offered by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.