May 23, 2016
He Loved Them Unto The End
by James Rafferty | December 29, 2014
From year to year certain Bible verses speak to me, becoming favorites. This year it’s John 13:1: “Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end.”
It’s the last phrase that grabs the heart—“He loved them unto the end!” The Greek word for “end” is telos meaning end or toll. Telos love is an enduring, toll-paying love.
In several places, like Revelation 22:13, the word “telos” is used to describe the actual character of Jesus: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (telos).” The Bible has several significant applications for the word “telos,” all linked to Jesus’ character of love—“telos love.”
For example, the word telos describes endurance. “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end (telos), the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:12-13). In contrast to the human race, plagued with relationships that start well and fail to endure, Jesus’ love endured to the end—“telos endurance.” When the love of even His closest disciples froze in abandonment and denial—His love remained hot!
Paul uses telos when instructing us to “pay to all what is due them—taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue (telos) is due . . . owe no one anything, except . . . love” (Romans 13:7-8, NRSV). In our time, as in Paul’s, paying revenue is not always easy (think IRS). Yet “love” constrains us to pay “toll-telos.” Paul was motivated by Calvary where Jesus did not fail to love broken, wretched human beings, no matter what the toll.
In Luke 18:5, telos speaks to the justice of God: “Yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually [telos] coming” (Luke 18:5, NRSV). The widow’s telos for justice is a reflection of the just character of a loving God.
Telos also suggests a goal or aim. “For Christ is the end [telos] of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Romans 10:4). “Goal telos” informs us that the goal of law and righteousness is to be like Christ.
In Matthew 26:58 telos suggests finality: “But Peter followed Him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end [telos].” In this “end-telos,” Peter sees in Jesus’ eyes a look of love that swallowed up his words of betrayal. Perhaps this inspired John to write, “He loved them unto the end.”
Telos love is the enduring, just, toll-bearing, goal of all human experience grounded in God’s undying, debt paying love for us. Humanity has failed, but God’s love has prevailed. Amen.
Hot Lunch Wednesday
We will be serving breakfast (waffles and toppings, veggie meat and orange juice) this week for our last hot lunch of the year.
Please see Mrs. Graham or Mrs. Nietling to purchase new Hot Lunch Cards as needed. Cards are $15 each ($3 per meal). Lunch will be prepared each week based on the number of students who have prepaid cards. If you have prepaid, and do not want Hot Lunch for whatever reason, please let your teacher know by Tuesday of that week. This will help us prepare an appropriate amount of food. Thanks! :)
8th Grade Fundraiser - Casual Dress Day
Field Trip This Thursday
FYI: We will need to leave a little earlier than normal start time, so please arrive at school between 8:00am and 8:10am, but should be back by normal pickup time at 3:30pm. Thank you!
Memorial Day 5K - Northview Fundraiser
We will be participating in the Stride for Strive 5K in Cadillac on Memorial Day (May 30).
- Registration Opens: 7:00 am
- Race Starts: 8:30 am at the Veterans Memorial Stadium at The Cadillac High School
Students and families may race together; the school will also attend the Memorial Day parade as part of this field trip/fundraiser.
Memorial Day Activities are counted as a half-day on our school calendar. Please let teachers know in case of absence. Thank you!
Student and Adult registration forms have been sent home in Communicators. Thank you for filling these out and sending them back! (You may also register online.)
PREPARING FOR OUR EVENT:
- As we train for the 5K, students may keep gym clothes in a gym locker at school, including tennis shoes, to change into for the workout period.
- Students will send letters inviting friends and family to sponsor them; all money raised will go towards Northview's operating expenses. These letters were finalized here at school and sent home so that they may be mailed out to friends, family, and neighbors near and far. If you have not seen or sent your family's letters and have questions regarding this, please contact Mrs. Graham or Mrs. Nietling. The students who raise the most money (in grades 1-4 and in grades 5-8) will receive a $ Meijer gift card.
We Are Learning
Weekly Memory Verses
- Grades 1-4: Please see sheet.
- Grades 5-8: Revelation 22:12, 13, 20. You may learn your verse from the KJV, NKJV, or NLT. You may be asked to write your memory verses for the Friday test.
Topics and Themes
- Bible: Please see sheet (1-4); Jesus (5-8)
- Mathematics: For current topics and practice materials, please use links below.
- Spelling: See sheet (1-4); Word Study Contracts (5-8)
- Reading: Comprehension and fluency strategies are learned and practiced as we read Pathways books. We extend our usage of these skills during our independent reading time.
- Writing/Grammar: Multigenre projects and (5-8)
- Social Studies: Founding of SDA church; Civil War (5-8)
- Science: Earth Science (Geologic Column, Fossils, Radiometric Dating)
John Ball Zoo Field Trip
Thursday, May 26th, 8am
1300 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, MI
We will take a class on plant and animal connections, then enjoy exploring God's creation.