Where Are You From?

If you are traveling internationally, a passport is a critical tool. It tells the world who you are and where you are from. Depending on where you are visiting, where you are from can prevent your entry or can open all kinds of doors. Similarly, where your heart comes from can have all kinds of effects.

In John 8, Jesus has a long conversation with his critics. They protest that Jesus can't be trusted because he alone is "giving evidence" about what is true. In addition to pointing out that no, his Father is also supporting him (and in other places, that the Spirit and the works he is doing support him), Jesus opens up the question of where are hearts are from. Jesus argues that he can be trusted because of where he is from (verses 8:14 and 23). 

From one point of view, Jesus is from a place no different than anybody else: he was born on Earth. But when you look deeper, when you look into the heart, it is clear that Jesus is powered by something different. He has a confidence (v. 14), a wellspring of truth (v. 28), a righteousness (v. 46) and a humility (v. 50) that points to a heart that is "above and beyond" what we find among ourselves.

And yet.... And yet, it is just this kind of heart - and the life that grows out of such a heart - that Jesus offers us:

"If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free" (vv. 31-32).

We can not, and should not, attempt to change the facts of our physical birth. Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection demonstrate that the life of "heaven" can indeed be lived on earth...if your heart is right.

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