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Is Knowing Any Better? 120411

The 10th day of Advent, Week 2

 

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Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

Ezekiel 36:24-28

Mark 11:27-33

 

Is Knowing Any Better? 120411

In the book of Mark today Jesus quips back and forth with the chief priests, the scribes and the elders. This group would have possessed considerable learning and practice in the religious texts of Judaism, in the law of Moses and the Prophets. For them to even bother talking with Jesus is amazing, since Jesus was probably an illiterate, transitory working class peasant and not at all one worthy of such an intellectual exchange.

But Jesus asks the question that eventually must be answered. Is knowing exactly who or what Jesus is as important as learning the amazing and continually profound depth of his teaching. Jesus eventually needs no explanation; what Jesus teaches establishes its own worth.

Eventually, one can appreciate and love Jesus for the spirituality of his teachings. It is not just Jesus as messiah, or even Jesus as political scientist, or Jesus as economist. Instead it is Jesus speaking to us and teaching us the truth about God and about our own relationship with God.

I don’t really completely understand who Jesus is, and I may never know. In the meantime I’ll try to understand what Jesus says to me.

Pray for peace (of this we’re sure)

(brother) Bill

Psalm 85

1Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.

2You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin. Selah

8Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.

9Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.

10Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.

11Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.

12The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.

13Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.

Ezekiel 36:24-28

24I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land.

25I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. 28Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Mark 11:27-33

27Again they came to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him 28and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?” 29Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin? Answer me.” 31They argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32But shall we say, ‘Of human origin’?” —they were afraid of the crowd, for all regarded John as truly a prophet. 33So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

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Are You A Disciple That Would Be Called ‘Christian’? 120211

This is the 9th day of Advent, in the 2nd Week!

 

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Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

Jeremiah 1:4-10

Acts 11:19-26

Are You A Disciple That Would Be Called ‘Christian’? 120211

The book of Acts (or 2nd Luke as some have called it) says that in Antioch they first called the disciples ‘Christians’. Now, using the word Christian is in great disfavor. I don’t think people know the truth about Jesus, and have left it to TV preachers to fill it in for them.

Somehow, we have to reclaim Jesus! We can do this by being a simple and quiet disciple, and let people know that we never yell at people when describing Jesus.

This is the second week of Advent, whose theme is ‘Love’. Let you love for Jesus speak to all you meet.

Pray for peace,

(brother) Bill

Psalm 85

1Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.

2You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin. Selah

8Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.

9Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.

10Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.

11Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.

12The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.

13Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.

Jeremiah 1:4-10

4Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” 7But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you, 8Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.” 9Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth. 10See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Acts 11:19-26

19Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, and they spoke the word to no one except Jews. 20But among them were some men of Cyprus and Cyrene who, on coming to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists also, proclaiming the Lord Jesus. 21The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number became believers and turned to the Lord. 22News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion; 24for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. 25Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians.”

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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