A Benediction

Each Sunday, my dear friend Jamal closes our worship gathering at Vintage with a benediction that he writes sometime between the close of the sermon and the close of the service. I told him on Sunday that I want to begin to collect them. They move me.

Here is what he said to our community this past Sunday:

Feofan_BlessingJohn 3.16-17

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

In today’s cynical world, it’s hard to be moved by these words that have become so familiar. They have been politicized, marketed, and mocked. They have become so pat that they sound, to the jaded ear, like a Hallmark cliche.

But I pray we can still extract a measure of wonder from how Jesus paradoxically brought us life through his death and his blood. As we reflect this week on how Jesus is the Lamb of God, let us remember his words words that he came so that we may have life and have it abundantly.


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