Month: April 2017

Why were the religious leaders so upset with Jesus that they wanted to kill him? 

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)  Why were the religious leaders so upset with Jesus that they wanted to kill him? Friends, the Jews charged Our Lord Jesus Christ with blasphemy because he claimed to be the Son of God and he made himself equal with God. The law of Moses laid down the death penalty for such a crime: “He who blasphemes the name of the LORD shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him” (Leviticus 24:16).  As they were picking up stones to hurl at Jesus, he met their attack with three arguments. The many good works that he did, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, and feeding the hungry, demonstrated that his power and marvelous deeds obviously came from God. And Jesus anoints us with his power to live the Gospel with joy and to be his witnesses in the world.  Are you a doer of God’s word, or a forgetful hearer only? Write upon my heart, O Lord, the lessons of your holy word, and grant that I may be a doer of your word, and not a forgetful hearer only. Amen. Good morning and have a penitential Friday!  40 days of our Lenten Bible reading plan Day 34 Read Luke...

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Do you listen to Jesus’ words as if your life depended on it?

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)  Do you listen to Jesus’ words as if your life depended on it? Friends, Jesus made a claim which only God can make – “if any one keeps my word, he will never see death.” “It means nothing less than he saw another death from which he came to free us – the second death, eternal death, the death of hell, the death of the damned, which is shared with the devil and his angels! This is the real death; the other kind of death is only a passage” (St. Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 AD; explains this verse from John 8:51 in Tractates on the Gospel of John 43.10-11). When God established a relationship with Abraham, he offered him an unbreakable “everlasting covenant” (Genesis 17:7). Jesus came to fulfill that covenant so that we could know the living God and be united with him both now and for all eternity. God made us to know him and to be united with him and he gives us the gift of faith and understanding so that we may grow in the knowledge of what he has accomplished for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. “The ear that hears the rebukes of life Will abide among the wise. He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.” (Proverbs 15:31‭-‬32) Lord Jesus,...

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