What I consider the greatest compliment in my ministry came in the form of a crticism. I was accused of bringing “Rift Raft” into the church. I’m glad they came. Jesus said to invite the poor and the outcast to our banquets. We need to reach out to those who really need our help.
Humility is a Christian Virtue. Jesus humbled Himself to save us. Pride is the value of the world. Jesus tells us to be truly humble in how we deal with others and how we see ourselves.
The rules, according to the Pharisees, were don’t work so don’t heal or help someone on the Sabbath. Jesus shows that helping and healing others is more important than following human tradition and expansion of God’s laws. No double standard allowed. If you would help your own on the Sabbath you can help others. Relationships are more important.
Jesus came once to save us from sin and death. When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday the people welcomed Him as the Son of David. He will come again to take us into His Kingdom. When that happens He will be welcomed in the name of the Lord. Jesus the Lord is coming back.
Threats couldn’t stop Him. Temptations failed to derail Him. Family and friends tried but didn’t succeed. Nothing could keep Jesus from making that final journey to Jerusalem and the cross to pay for the sins of the world.
Jesus hung a great big open sign on the kingdom of God when he died on the cross to pay for the sins of the world. Everyone is invited to believe in Jesus and receive a warm welcome, even thoughts who may be considered insignificant by the world.
Some people don’t think about their relationship with God before it is too late. That’s why Jesus says to talk the path of faith now. There will be a time when we won’t have another chance to follow Jesus. God is both merciful and just. You don’t want to be left on the outside looking in. Don’t miss out on God’s grace.
Trying to get into God’s Kingdom by our works isn’t good enough. Works can’t save us. Only faith in Jesus can. Jesus is the way to God’s Kingdom. That is why Jesus says to take the narrrow, less traveled path of faith.
Everything needs a start, a beginning point. The Christian faiths a small beginning with Jesus and His Disciples. But it grew and spread throughout the world. When God is leading the way, never discount small starts. You don’t know where God may be taking you.
Jesus calls out hypocrisy for what it is. He says that compassion tops rules every day. The prophet tells us that God wants us to seek justice, love mercy and to walk with Him humbly in faith. No room for hypocrisy there.