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The “hour” has come and Jesus is heading into Jerusalem. Before you do the reading for today, there is some historical information that has been helpful to me as I read.
First, consider the way Rome governed its outlying provinces. At this time, Rome is the world power that has conquered the major part of the known world. Politically, Rome was THE power. For the outlying provinces, there was a governor over a region who answered to the Caesar. Within the individual countries (such as Judah) the local authorities were allowed to carry on the government AS LONG AS THERE More >
Have you ever felt totally confused by a conversation that you are a part of? I mean, you hear the words … but you cannot grasp the meaning. It is so frustrating! That is exactly the scene in John 13 that we have read this week. There is so much confusion in the room. Jesus washes their feet and then says – now you do it, too. When? Right now? Jesus keeps talking about leaving and they can’t go. Why not? They have been everywhere with Him for 3 years. One of them is going to betray Him? Surely not! Who in More >
As we continue listening to James write about faith and works …
James 2: 20 – 26.
Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith apart from works is barren? Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a person More >
James 2: 14 – 19
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and More >
James 2: 1 – 7My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved More >
James 2: 8 – 13You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For the one who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not “murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as More >
James 1: 26 – 27If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Religion. What words come into your mind when you hear this word? Your family of origin and your training, your experiences – both past and present, your geography … all this effects your emotional response to the word, ‘religion’. What images come into your mind? Ceremony? Elaborate buildings? More >
Today we are considering one of the precious pictures in Christianity … a well known event to those who have experience with church and Bible study. If you are new to scripture … prepare to be amazed! It is remarkable in its simplicity … and remarkable in its profundity!
Read John 13: 1 – 17.
Some observations …
First, look again at verse 1. “Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love.” Love behaves. Love does something. Yes, it is a choice … and, yes, there can be deep emotion. But More >
James 1: 22 – 25
But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act – they will be blessed in their doing.
Again James is concerned about our bend toward self-deception.
If he were painting the scene for More >
James 1: 19 – 21You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.
Four messages in these few words:
- listen more and better
- quit talking so much
- calm down
- clean up
Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human More >