Thursday, September 22, 2011

for Saturday (September 24) Gospel: the way

Scripture: Luke 9:43-45 43 And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But while they were all marveling at everything he did, he said to his disciples, 44 "Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men." 45 But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

Do you know the majesty of God?

When we ascribe majesty to someone or something, we acknowledge greatness in that person or thing, and voice our respect for it.

The miracles of Jesus revealed the majesty of God and displayed his grace and favor, especially towards the lowly and humble of heart.

 But with the miracles Jesus also gave a prophetic warning: There can be no share in God's glory without the cross. Jesus prophesied his own betrayal and crucifixion. 

But it did not make any sense to the disciples because it did not fit their understanding of the Messiah who was supposed to come and free his people from tyranny and oppression.

 Little did they know that the way to victory over sin and death would be through the cross and resurrection of Christ.

 When the disciples heard Jesus' prediction of suffering and betrayal they were afraid to ask further questions.

 Like a person who might receive some bad news from the doctor about some tumor or disease that could destroy them and then refuse to ask any further questions, the disciples of Jesus didn't want to know any more about the consequences of possible suffering, defeat, and death on a cross.

 They couldn't understand how the cross could bring victory and lead to new life and freedom in Christ. 

How often do we reject what we do not wish to see?

 We have heard God's word and we know the consequences of accepting it or rejecting it.

 But do we give it our full allegiance and mold our lives according to it? 

Ask the Lord Jesus to show you his majesty that you may grow in reverence of him and in godly fear of his word.

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