Jesus and John were walking through a meadow.
John asked, “Why do you say that rejecting the spirit is the one unforgivable sin? Why is it unforgivable?”
Jesus looked at John, pausing to think for a moment. He wanted to give an answer his young and impressionable disciple would understand. He glanced over at a grove of olive trees nearby, observing how the gnarled roots of several showed above ground.
“Do you see that tree?” he asked, putting his hand on John’s shoulder and pointing to the nearest of them. “Those heavy roots sustain the full glory of the tree. You can no more cut off the roots from the tree than you can the spirit from a person.”
“I don’t understand,” John said. “What does that have to do with forgiveness?”
Jesus smiled. “Forgiveness is a return to wholeness. Spirit is necessary to the full expression of a person.”
Copyright 2014 George Lowell Tollefson