Lu Daoming welcomes you on a journey of friendship and hope. Together, let's learn new ideas: how to live with real meaning and joy.
RETURN TO ME! (JOHN 13 – 17)
“Return to Me” is the name of a year 2000 romantic-comedy-drama movie with a very peculiar plot line: Bob and Elizabeth are married and truly love each other – but she is killed in a terrible car accident. Her heart is saved and medically transplanted into another woman named Grace, who receives it well – Grace’s life is completely changed because of the new heart she has received. Bob, the bereaved husband, is depressed for a long time, but finally begins to seek out a new woman companion, and discovers Grace – he knows nothing about her health history, but begins to really like her. The movie is a very touching story of how Bob discovers that Grace is alive because of the heart transplanted from his wife Elizabeth – Elizabeth has left him, but now her heart is living in Grace. The photo you see is from the scene in the movie where Bob discovers that Grace is alive with the heart of Elizabeth beating in her chest. The woman he loved (his wife Elizabeth who died) is, in a strange way, “still alive” in Grace, a woman he is learning to love.
Now our lectures in this series are not about a romance between a man and a woman – but they are about a very profound love between Jesus, The Teacher, and His followers. Our texts from the Library tell of a very deep love and commitment between Jesus and us, and there is a very deep drama in the story: The Teacher, whom they love, is about to leave them!! It seems like nothing will ever be the same! How will their lives go on?
There are many things to learn about The Teacher, many good things to learn from His teaching. But there is one thing that is the most important of all – something so important that if you get this one thing right, everything else will fall into its proper place: He loves us!
This series is about how Jesus, who is no longer actually with us like He was in the first century, is actually still with us – in a way even more beautiful and more powerful than He was before!
May 17, 2015: “From Humility to Hospitality” This is a marvelous story of how Jesus, fully aware of who He really is, fully aware of His real status, humbles Himself to wash feet! But there’s more to the story than just humility! This is the ritual of hospitality: Jesus was welcoming His followers – and us – into His home! Location, location, location! Our spiritual “location” is what this lecture is all about!