People of faith are a remnant, not the majority

People of faith are a remnant, not the majority

John’s Memory

Over 50 years had passed since the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. Before he died, the John put down his memories in the Fourth Gospel. It is different from the other three in many ways. One of them is the emphasis that John put on the last night that the Twelve were with Jesus. Five of the twenty-one chapters in the book deal with that last night. (John 13–17)

The Message of the Upper Room

Across Half a century of preaching and prison, exile and rejection, John focused on that last night. He remembered how Jesus washed their feet. He remembered how Jesus told them that one of them would betray him and that one of them would deny him. Jesus focused their distressed minds on the core of his message. He was the way to God. He promised them the empowering Holy Spirit. He told them to love one another and he reminded them that they must depend on him the way that branches depend on their vine. They would bear no fruit without total dependence on his message and power.

People of faith are a remnant, not the majority

That night he reminded them of something he taught in his parables. His kingdom would start out small. They would be a remnant not a majority. The world would hate them. The world would treat them no better then it treated Jesus. However, just as Jesus would be victorious, they would overcome the world.

As that night ended and Good Friday began he prayed for their unity and then prayed alone as he prepared to face his atoning sacrifice.

Then Judas came to betray him and the drama of his death began.

Power is not in number

The disciples changed the world with the power of their message and the indwelling Spirit of God. They were not numerous but the Church grew from their powerful beginning.

In what parts of your life do you feel like a remnant?

Do you ever keep quiet because you fear the majority?

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