If we have bad ways of thinking and therefore acting – it is vital to replace them with good ways instead. Daily feeding on God’s word and living by God’s principles are essential – for “blessed rather are those who” read the words God caused to be written and preserved and “keep” them. May we do it this day.
We can take no neutral position when it comes to our personal relationship with Jesus. May we honour him and his Father in our thoughts, words and deeds this day!
“So it will be on the day when …”
It could be we are too familiar with the prophecies about events at the climax of the present process of human life upon this earth – could the words of Jesus which we read today in Luke 17 become uncertain in our minds – too dramatic to be taken literally?
“For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will it be in his day” (verse 24).
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot … but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom … so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed” (verses 26-30).
Our world is in a mess, uncertainties about the future increase every year, indeed, every month! Our world has, to some degree, got used to living with uncertainties about the future – so much so nearly all plan for the present, for this year and maybe next, especially if they have children.
The king of the promised kingdom was “in the midst of you” (verse 21). Jesus told the Pharisees, but they were blind to this challenging fact. Similarly, the words of Jesus, and those written by the Apostles in their letters, are today available in every language, but how few are ‘awake’ to the message they contain about today!
It is not just a message about today! It is not just a message about the coming climax, but, but just as important, it is about the attitude of heart we must develop if we are to have total trust in God. We read in Proverbs today,
“Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you … write them on the tablet of your heart … in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths” (3:3,5,6).
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- 3-16-2015 “Faith Only” Doesn’t Confess Christ (fellowshiproom.org)
Faith only, without confession, receives “the praise of men,” but not the “praise of God.” It’s pitiful to see people whose faith does not obey.
- Gospel, 21 March, Lent, Year B (jessicahof.wordpress.com)
Pharisees neither knew the fullness of the Law, neither did they do what it commanded, for it said that no man should be killed without being granted a hearing. But it is clear, from the testimony of Nicodemus, that not all the Pharisees were blind. He knew, from his own experience, the power of the words of Jesus, but he is silenced, as Peter will be later, by fear of the wrath of the Pharisees. Like us, he is weak and fearful. Authority on earth is a powerful thing and can drive us into silence. Can we summon the courage to confess Him in such circumstances?
- Take courage. Do not be scandalized. (renewamerica.com)
The innocent may be the most scandalized by evil. The most innocent among us was Jesus Christ who was the most scandalized man to walk the earth which he and his Father created. Yet Jesus was the most forgiving and merciful man among us who forgave the soldier and reattached his dismembered ear who came, sword in hand, to arrest him in the garden of Gethsemane and the dying thief Jesus forgave on a cross alongside his own. We may reasonably wonder, too, why Jesus in his last breathe asked, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34 ). We know, too, that all Jesus’ Apostles abandoned him at his arrest but later repented except Judas. Peter “wept bitter tears” and Judas took his own life. (Perhaps, Judas in his last gasp also repented. We do not know. Only God knows). We should all pray for the grace of final perseverance after being warned by Jesus that Satan roams the world “as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 ).
- Forgiving Oneself (robertsmusings.com)
Jesus came and spent time with those on the edges of society.
- Mary Magdalene at the Cross (infobarrel.com)
Mary Magdalene traveled Jesus’ path of sorrow where they were able to.
Luke and Matthew tell us that Mary of Magdala observed the burial inside the tomb, and then remained sitting outside after the heavy rock was moved over the entrance.
- The man with the paralyzed hand. (betsybeadhead.com)
The scribes and the Pharisees were filled with rage and they began to plot with the Herodians about how they could destroy Jesus.