We watch sad movies. We read sad books. We listen to sad songs. But we don’t like the ending to be sad. Although there might be pain in the beginning and struggle in the middle, we stay with the story because we hope there will be joy in the end. That is what makes Easter […]
“Zacchaeus was a wee little man…” Children love to sing that song. It sounds like it’s about a nice, funny, little man. Unfortunately, Zacchaeus was probably not a very nice man. He worked for the Roman government and oppressed his own people. No doubt it seemed to the people around that he didn’t care, that he […]
It’s easy to judge the “rich young ruler” who thinks he has done no wrong. But we are much like him. And, like him, Jesus invites us to leave all behind and follow him, and find much greater blessing. You can’t do it, but he can.
Luke says that Jesus “set his face” toward Jerusalem. But he was more than merely resolute or determined. He seems eager – urgent – driven to get to his goal. Setting aside his usual ministry pattern, Jesus goes quickly from village to village on the way to his crucifixion. “For the joy set before him…” […]
I hate to ruin the suspense for you, but Jesus’ appearance on the mount of Transfiguration contains some clear messages about what the future will bring. This great event falls right in the middle of the gospels, and forms the high point, the literal mountain top experience from which we can see most clearly what […]
Jesus’ disciples are happy and eager to follow him… when it means victory and significance. But when Jesus says that their destination is the cross? Not so much. Are we really interested in Joining Jesus on His Mission if that’s where we’re going? I hope so… because that’s Jesus’ only destination!
We’ve been talking a lot about “joining Jesus” on his mission this year because that’s a handy way to talk about being a disciple (and it’s also the title of a good book). But when we talk about “joining” we’re not just talking about getting a membership card. Jesus says that he is the “Bread […]
Last week Jesus only healed one person in a crowd, but in today’s text Jesus expects his disciples to feed a crowd of more than 5,000! “YOU give them something to eat,” he says. But that’s impossible! And yet, that’s the greatest Gospel good news in our text. Jesus invites us to share in his […]
When we think about Joining Jesus on his mission, we think of the Great Commission to reach “all nations.” That’s an impossible task! And yet, when Jesus comes to the Pool of Bethesda where crowds of sick people are waiting, he makes his way past many desperate people to heal just one man. Is there […]
Here we are, in the middle of Jesus’ earthly ministry, and he sends his disciples off on a road trip. It’s not a long one. It’s not a dangerous one. In fact, it’s sort of a simplified one. It’s like a vicarage – a first chance to try out what they have learned. After all […]
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