18 June 2013

Jesus Welcomes Sinners and Eats With Them

Wedding Feast at Cana - Jan Vermeyen
Luke 15
The tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."

How many times will the "sinners" be portrayed as seeking after righteousness and the "religious" be seen criticising Jesus before the reader is confronted about their own views of who is the sinner and who is the righteous?

13 February 2013

Jesus Teaches that Less than Everything Is Nothing

I dedicate this post to my wife and best friend, Michelle; who teaches me everyday what it means to offer a life as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.  Michelle, you may not have the biggest house or be the most popular, but you definitely have the biggest heart for the Lord and our neighbours.

Luke 14:25-35

If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple...In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

OK, after hearing these words of Jesus, how many of you are now ready to become His disciples?  How many of us are ready to be born again?  Which of us will come forward and decide to be Christians, the way Jesus teaches us to be?

Will you allow this very flawed man to write in awe and fear of my Lord and Saviour for just a moment?