We have been experiencing extra frigid temperatures, not typical for our area, throughout this week. Though my boys are quite warm-blooded, it is a bit brisk, even for them. That being said, they will often try to walk out of the house without a coat. Though they have access to several warm layers, they opt to attempt an exit without one.
King James Version (KJV)
4 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
OK, we have gone long enough talking about the Sabbath, without getting into the Red Letters. Today, I would like to unpack a few of Jesus’ comments about the Sabbath.
The fact is Jesus’ words and actions on and about the Sabbath were a major contributing factors to the Jewish leadership’s hatred for Him.
Let’s jump in.
I want to start with one of Jesus’ most provocative statements:
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . John 1:14
Lovely words in a free devotional series by Janet Denison:
The “Word” is Jesus. . . Just as an idea is expressed and made known through words, God is expressed and knowable through Jesus. Jesus had always been with God and he had always been God. Christmas Day is when God made himself visible to the world.
As we enter this season of gift exchanging, it is easy to allow thoughts of what we are going to give those we love most, to overwhelm us. It is a natural desire to want to bless those who bless us. That being said, what gift can we give to Him who has given us the greatest gifts of all - our very life, and breath, hope, and future?
"We don't know" Matthew 21:23-32 From A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles, Marianne Williamson wrote: Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure... You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.