March 14

John 4:14-26

“Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.’” vs. 21

During the time of Jesus’ ministry it was inconceivable for both Jews and Samaritans that worship would take place anywhere but in Jerusalem or on Mt. Gerazim. That’s the way things had been done for centuries! But with the Roman response to the Jewish insurrection and the destruction of the temples, all that changed in a flash! Directed solely by the Spirit of God, worship became something entirely different for Jews, Samaritans, and followers of Jesus. Those were tough times for believers, but ultimately things got figured out–at least for a time. Some believe that the same sort of precipitous change lies ahead for us too. The age of denominations is rapidly coming to a close–even Roman Catholics are being forced to consider what were previously unthinkable possibilities. It’s a scary time for those who are tied to the ways of the past. Soon we’ll be considering new creeds and rituals– worship is going to be changing in big ways–already we’re seeing the changes. So what does all this mean? Of course we don’t know for sure–predictions about such things are notoriously inaccurate. But the one thing we know for sure is that the Spirit of Christ will never go away. Many things will pass away but the Christ will remain forever and beyond.

Thought for the Day: What will replace denominations?

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