Archive for Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Matthew 22:11-14, 31-32, 37-39

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”… But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”… Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Jesus continued on in his ministry and faced the hard heartedness of his own people and that too from the people who considered themselves God’s workers in Israel. I cannot imagine how loyalists to a cause can go against the cause but I’m saying this after being saved by God’s grace and seeing the scriptures in a different light. These so called loyalists were worried that their way of life, power and wealth was being threatened by Jesus and if people continued to follow Christ, their rich ministries would soon shut down and therefore the only way to silence Jesus was to catch him in the wrong and that strategy was not working.

Every question thrown at Jesus was returned with a response that silenced the questioner, was pregnant in meaning and had God’s perspective at heart. We are warned against acting like one of God’s own but not meaning it, and the consequences are horrible. However, we are encouraged to love one another just the same way that God loved us and sacrificed his son so that we may have eternal life with him. Our neighbors might not be saved, might be hard hearted, might be atheists, might be different but these are the ones the Lord called into his banquet because he knows how much each one of us are hurting and in need of a savior. Lets share God’s love with others as he continues to love and dote on us. Let’s share God’s blessings and not hoard it because that is not’s God’s heart.

In His Loving Service,