Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 King 7-9; John 1:1-28
was coming into the world.
10 The light was in the world,
and the world came into being through the light,
but the world didn’t recognize the light.
11 The light came to his own people,
and his own people didn’t welcome him.
12 But those who did welcome him,
those who believed in his name,
he authorized to become God’s children,
13 born not from blood
nor from human desire or passion,
but born from God.
14 The Word became flesh
and made his home among us.
We have seen his glory,
glory like that of a father’s only son,
full of grace and truth.
15 John testified about him, crying out, “This is the one of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than me because he existed before me.’”
16 From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace;
17 as the Law was given through Moses,
so grace and truth came into being through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God.
God the only Son,
who is at the Father’s side,
has made God known. (John 1:9-18, Common English Bible)
It is said that when W.C. Fields died in 1946, Americans remembered him as one of the funniest actors to appear on the big screen. Many critics in Hollywood today consider many of his films, such as My Little Chickadee, as classics. During his years of fame, friends of W.C. Fields knew how he felt about God. W.C. Fields considered himself an agnostic. That is why many of his friends were surprised to find Fields reading a Bible as he was dying. When a friend asked Fields why he was reading the Bible – a book he did not believe – he responded, “I am trying to find a loophole.” After he spoke these words, W.C. Fields died. (Homiletics, January 5, 2003, https://www.homileticsonline.com/subscriber/btl_display.asp?installment_id=314)
Like W.C. Fields, we are always trying to find a loophole for something. We look for a loophole to lower our taxes. “Can I find a loophole that will let me pay less child support?” Is there something I can come up with that will keep me from getting fired even though I haven’t actually worked in six months? Is there a loophole that will get me out of this rule or this law?
That last one is like the picture above. He isn’t on a bicycle, rollerblades, rollerskates, a skateboard, or a scooter. He is on a unicycle. It must be OK. He at least thinks he has found a loophole.
John wrote in our lesson today, “The light came to his own people, and his own people didn’t welcome him. But those who did welcome him, those who believed in his name, he authorized to become God’s children, born not from blood nor from human desire or passion, but born from God.”
I doubt W.C. Fields could have found a loophole in that. But, I would submit to you there really is one. It is the loophole of grace. Because we have all sinned, because, at least at times, we don’t welcome him and yet God welcomes us as God’s children. Those are John’s words, not mine. But, I do know what that is called. It is grace. Grace is a free gift from God. We can’t buy it, borrow it, steal it, or in some other way receive it accept as a gift from God. Your mama or daddy, your Sunday school teacher or your pastor, your friend or foe, or anyone else can give it to you. It comes from God alone. That free gift opens up eternity for those who became God’s children, born from God.
W.C. Fields could have found that loophole. He knew he deserved what was coming and sought a way out of it, a loophole. All he had to do was confess Jesus Christ in his heart and he would have the loophole he was looking for but more importantly, through grace, he would have eternity with God.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved