All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips.Isn't this Joseph's son?they asked.
What a day it must have been! Jesus back home in Nazareth, back in the synagogue of His childhood, back to teach for the very first time! And they all turned out, people gathered with great excitement and anticipation. What would Jesus say? What might He do? But suddenly excitement turned sour, all because of a few words by Jesus.
More than we might know, we're very much like those
Nazareth-ites. When Jesus words go along with what
we think, well that's great! But what happens when
Jesus tells us things that are difficult to hear; things
that are different than what we think? For example,
the Bible says,
Faith comes by hearing and hearing
the message through Christ. Jesus made clear how
important this is by praising Mary when she chose to
listen instead of joining Martha in the kitchen.
has chosen what is better and it will not be taken from
her. Luke 10.42. But then in our lives, when regular
worship, devotion, prayer, or bible study require time that we'd otherwise spend doing
other things . . .
What then? What takes priority? Choosing to skip
worship is like choosing not to eat. Result? You grow
Ultimately our response of worship reveals what we
really think of Jesus as teacher, as Lord.
But in your
hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to
give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the
reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3.15. The
word revere is important. It means to worship, to
hold in the highest regard. The 3rd commandment
reads: Remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy.
Luther explained this by saying God wants us to
sacred His Word, gladly hear and learn it. Yet for this
to happen, a
U-turn must happen first. But who is
able to fulfill this command to perfection? Only Jesus
Christ, our Good Shepherd who said,
My sheep hear
my voice and I know them and they follow me: And I
give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish,
no one can snatch them out of my hand.
~ Pastor Kelly G. Mitteis
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