What would you think, if you were Jesus in that moment? What would you be feeling? Would you be pleased with what just happened? Would you encourage others to do the same thing? No. I don’t think Jesus was pleased with what she did. I think he looks at this system that has been oppressing the poor, and he sees the poor being oppressed one more time right in front of him, and I think he’s outraged.Read More
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We so badly want to be like Jesus. We love who he is and what he represents. We love how he challenges the status quo and breaks social barriers and fights for what’s right. And we want to be like that. But we’re not Jesus. And that way of being doesn’t come naturally for us. So we settle for the next best thing. Method Acting. We stay in character always. But we never actually become.Read More
This morning we are going to look at another undeniable great: the Greatest Commandment. We are going to learn a little bit about what love looks like, and what it means to be a Christ follower who loves God and loves neighbor. Because when Jesus names something “The Greatest Commandment,” it will probably fall under the essentials category and possibly even the rare non-negotiables category.Read More
And with his opponents whimpering on the mat before him, Jesus goes in for the finish by telling a story about a vineyard, a creative and gracious vintner, and some insanely insubordinate hired help. But before we dig too deep into the passage, I first want to talk about kinetic mobiles like this one here, because it will help us make sense of what’s going on in this passage.Read More
So whether he responded as an unmasked dissident or a Roman shill, Jesus interrogators were content that they had him cornered. Like the question, “So is it true that you are no longer embezzling money from the bank where you work?” there seemed to be no right answer. But then something amazing happened.Read More
Therefore, whenever Jesus would heal someone or cast out a demon, often it would be followed by the command to keep it a secret, well the time has come to throw that out the window. Jesus is done avoiding crowds and he is done with the secrecy. The Triumphal Entry is the event that marks the beginning of Jesus’s open confrontation with the Religious establishments in Jerusalem.Read More