When the hour for the Passover meal came, Jesus took his place at the table and the apostles with him. He said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, "Take this and divide it among yourselves...
John Maxwell wrote that "Today matters. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is not promised. What you do today matters. It will impact your tomorrows." Mary knew that she only had Jesus a little time more and that she had to anoint him in preparation for his death. She could not say "Oh, I will get to that!" She had to act today. Today matters.
We have a tendency to want to go it on our own. To say, we don't need the Father. That is the story of the Prodigal Son. He wanted to spread his wings and to live outside of the relationship with his father. It did not go well for him.
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Moses, one of the great patriarch of our faith was reluctant to accept God's call to lead His people out of Egypt into the Promise Land. He made five excuses as to why someone else could do a better job. But God got his attention by saying, "I will provide all you need and will be with you to get the task done." Will you respond to God's call upon your life?
Abram, the patriarch of the three great world religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, was an example of how God responds to those who trust and obey him. If more followers would trust and obey God, a lot of the problems we face would be solved.
As Jesus was transfigured and spoke to the Elders on the mountain top, he was prepared for the most important part of his journey. His father said, "listen to him". As we move forward in the Lenten season, let us pay close attention to Jesus' words so that we know the steps we need to take to be true followers of our Lord.
God has a way of interrupting plans that are not according to His purpose and helping us chart another direction. Jesus, on the other hand, is a disrupter. He came to turn things upside down and to change the way that we live.
Jesus calls us to live into a new attitude of being in relationship to God. A life based on hope, respect, and remembrance of that which is good.
It would be easy to overlook the importance of Paul's message in his transitional section of 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. It is, however, the earliest written record of the core Christian belief that Christ died for our sins and that together with his resurrection, constitutes the foundation of our faith. Paul explains the humility of his own apostolic ministry by claiming that "I am what I am by grace."
We should not limit God and we should not let others limit God's power in us. Because God made us all, we are all marvelously made.
When we are separated from God, we live in darkness. Jesus coming into the world broke through that darkness so that we might see and experience once and for all what living in the light really means. The light brings hope and the power to change. It is up to us to embrace the light.
The season of Advent asked the question "How can this be? The Christmas response is "with God, all things are possible." Like Joseph, Mary, the Shepards, and the three Wise Men say "yes to God." In your life say "yes" to God as God said "yes" to wanting to be with us.
Don't be afraid, for all things are possible with God. Fear can stop us from doing a lot of things. The Christmas story says that we should not be afraid, for God is with us. "How can this be" "God is with you."