Space Cadet

An ex-girlfriend once sent me a card. She wrote on the envelope, “To my space cadet.” Naturally enough, she meant it in the nicest possible way!

I was talking to someone the other day, who was not a Christian as such, but who was well familiar with the Gospels, who described John as a “space cadet”. That struck me as very apt! Absolutely, the Gospel of John is “space cadet” material. It’s completely mind-blowing, in fact. And, naturally enough, my favourite Gospel!

Here are some very apt words from the Gospel of John the Space Cadet.

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you… If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you… because they do not know Him who sent Me.” (NKJV)

“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.” (NKJV)

“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.” (NKJV)

“Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” (NKJV)

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2 Responses to Space Cadet

  1. Trina says:

    Waaaay hey!

    Im not Christian but even I could get into this guy by the name of John!

    How do you understand it Richard?

    Could you please explain to me what a ‘synagogue’ and Pharisees is ?

    “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.” (NKJV)

    That is an intrigueing line . . . who is the evil one? We all naturally assume John is referring to the Devil – but is he?

    I am fascinated! Is the whole book like this Richard?

    All the best.

  2. Richard says:

    Trina, please put aside any preconceived ideas you may have and read the Bible with an open mind. Here are some recommended (by me) starting points.

    The Gospel of Mark
    The Gospel of John
    The Book of Ecclesiastes
    The Book of Job

    I’ll leave it to Tim to recommend one of Paul’s Epistles.

    A synagogue is a Jewish church or temple. A place where people hang out together to teach and to talk … I was put out of this “synagogue” the other day … which gave me cause to post the above passages from the Gospel of John.

    Pharisees were part of the religious establishment … portrayed in the Gospels as hypocrites concerned more with the appearance of righteousness than the real thing. They tried to get Jesus arrested and his ministry shut down.

    Jesus is addressing his Father in the third passage above … yes, the “evil one” is none other than the Devil.

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