Messengers of God

John 13:16-20
Acts 13:13-25 / Ps 89

Whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the One who sent me.
(John 13:20)

Having received Him we are sent
So that others too may believe.
And from their sins they may repent,
And the Spirit they may receive.

(Jesus said), “Amen, amen, I say to you, no servant is greater than his master, nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me.’ I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. Very truly I tell you, whoever receives the one I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives the One who sent me.” (John 13:16-20)

Reflection

We read in the Bible about many messengers who were sent for specific purposes. In the Old Testament, most of them were the prophets, like Nathan, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, who delivered Yahweh God’s messages to the Kings of Judah and Israel or their people.

Then there were the precursors or forerunners of the Messiah, like Joseph, whose exile to Egypt led to the salvation of the Israelite nation from famine; Moses, who shepherded the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land; Judas, son of Mattathias, who redeemed the Jews from the yoke of King Antiochus; Samson, who wrought havoc against the Philistines; and Jonah, the closest harbinger of the Messiah, who was ‘entombed’ in the belly of a giant fish for three days, and whose message of repentance saved the city of Nineveh.

In the New Testament, the most prominent heralds of the Lord were the Archangel Gabriel, who was sent to announce the Blessed Mary’s ‘Appointment’; and St. John the Baptist, ‘a voice crying out in the desert’ who prepared the way of the Lord. There were other messengers, like the Magi, who came from the East bearing gifts, and the heavenly host of angels who brought the glad tidings to the shepherds.

All the characters and events in the Bible, in fact, were meant to deliver important “letters” from the Almighty Father, and His greatest message was His only Son Jesus Christ, ‘the Word made flesh, Who dwelt among us.’ That is why the Scriptures are also known as the Good News. A friend calls it “The Operating Manual of Life” which every user should familiarize himself with if he wants to have a trouble-free, minimal maintenance lifestyle. Makes sense.

How grateful we are, Father, that we too have been conscripted to be messengers of Your Good News of salvation. This privilege gives us first-hand information from the Holy Spirit at the earliest hour each day.

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