Day 2 p. 11-24
So many great passages in today's reading. Jesus casting out demons, the Beatitudes, the healing of the centurion's servant, Jairus' daughter, the widow's only son (and others), the parable of the sower, the feeding of the 5000 and the Transfiguration. Apart from these, two things stood out to me. The first is the passage where Jesus has returned to His hometown. He goes to the synagogue on the Sabbath and reads from the scrolls. At first the people were enamored with Him. "All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips." As Jesus begins to reveal truths about them they didn't like, the tone quickly changed. This prompted Jesus' statement "no prophet is accepted in his home town." I have often thought of my brother in reference to this verse. He is a pastor, yet as his little sister, I know what his life was like before he gave it to the Lord. I often fail to honor him with the respect deserving of a spiritual leader. This led me to wonder, are there those in our congregation who would do the same with Pastor Mike? I pray not. Jesus was escorted out of His town to be thrown off a cliff. Nazareth completely missed the blessings that Jesus could have bestowed on them if their hearts had been in the right place.
The second thing that stood out to me, immediately follows the passage when Jesus goes to Capernaum. Jesus performs many impressive miracles such as casting out demons, healing Simon's mother in law and others. As Jesus begins to withdraw from there, the crowd wants to detain Him. They want Him to continue to meet their physical needs, but He tells them, "I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent." As I reflected on this, I thought about our recent process of establishing our vision statement and core values. As we go to work, there will be lots of opportunities to do good things, but let's make sure we do what we were called to do, to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God!
About The Author
Kathie Brown was raised in a suburb of Ft. Worth, TX and grew up in a Christian home. While attending youth camp, the Lord drew her unto Him during a discussion of the symbolism of the Lord's Supper. She met and married Lee Brown in 1977 and will celebrate their 40th anniversary in December. They have raised four wonderful children and are now blessed with four incredible grandchildren.