Greater Than Temple – Good News for July 16

16 07 2010

Matthew 12:1-8

Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.”

He said to the them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry, how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering, which neither he nor his companions but only the priests could lawfully eat? Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath and are innocent?

I say to you, something greater than the temple is here. If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”

The Daily Path: Something greater than temple. Our Lord desires mercy, not sacrifice.

Mercy.

As we travel today, where will the opportunities for mercy be?





Perfect Love – Good News for September 14

14 09 2009

John 3:13-17

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

The Daily Path: As you look into the eyes of a child, especially your own, it’s difficult to imagine how anyone could even consider sacrificing that beautiful being for the good of another. I don’t know how Abraham could obey God when he was asked to sacrifice his only son. Somehow he loved God so much that he was willing to follow God’s command… even as it broke his heart.

Yet God did not ask of Abraham something that He himself was not willing to do. God offered up his only son, Jesus, not just to death, but to die a horrible death of unimaginable suffering, so that we could all be saved. That is a level of love that generally seems beyond the comprehension of most of us.

Would I have the strength to follow God’s will if asked to make such a sacrifice?

The concept seems impossible to such a flawed being like myself. Yet, I have seen miracles in my own life brought about through faith in Christ. God has not asked me to sacrifice my child, but He has asked me to live a more perfect life in sacrificing other things, By giving part of myself to assist another. He’s yet to ask anything of me that I’m not capable of. I think it is in this way that we, too, are called to follow His example.

Room to Chat: Lord, each day you ask us to offer up a small piece of ourselves. Send your Spirit to give us the vision to see these opportunities and the strength to follow your example.

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Mercy, Not Sacrifice – Good News for July 17

17 07 2009

Matthew 12:1-8

Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.

When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.” 

He said to the them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry, how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering, which neither he nor his companions but only the priests could lawfully eat? Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath
the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath and are innocent?

I say to you, something greater than the temple is here. If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”

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Grip Of Iron – Good News for April 14

14 04 2009

John 20:11-18

Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.”

When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him,
and I will take him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”

Mary went and announced to the disciples,”I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he had told her.

The Daily Path: I can’t imagine a “good news” scenario better than this. More than one Hollywood screenwriter has tapped into the basic premise. Overwhelming sadness from loss turns to exultant joy in the return. Jesus even has to tell Mary to stop holding on to him. She must have employed the “I lost you once but this time you’re not getting away” grip of iron.

I lost Jesus just as many of my generation seemed to have done. My life was crying out over the loss in ways I didn’t understand. I couldn’t recognize Jesus. Now, miraculously, He has returned and I recognize Him. Mary demonstrates the same resolve I want to foster in my own life. I want an iron grip on the Christ… never to let go again.

Room to Chat: I can understand why Easter is a season. Following Holy Week with anything but more Easter would be too great a letdown. So… let’s “up” instead! As in keep up actively finding moments in the day to say “My Lord, thank you for the sacrifice you made for me.”