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Devotion for Tuesday in Lent 4

Luke 13

I wasn’t a pastor back during the “Jesus Movement” of the sixties and seventies.  I only know about it from what I’ve read.  I think they were trying to challenge the idea of what we call cultural Christianity.  You don’t have to be Jewish to think yourself to be a “Son of Abraham.”  Jesus’ warnings in chapter 13 here are for us.  They should send us to our knees in prayer.

How many of us, in an effort to avoid the hypocrisy of just going to church swing so far to the other side, we don’t make it to church?  It’s just another more clear-cut way to fail to keep the Sabbath day holy.

“[S]ome are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”  And then Jesus seems to speak with kindness to the outsiders!?!  Why is He so gracious towards them?  Doesn’t He know who the good guys are?  And then it begins to get clear in our mind.  No one is really a good guy, not on their own, at least.  We’re all in need of grace.  And that’s when our lives become oriented in the right way.  We are nothing but given to.  Luther’s line, was, “We are beggars, this is true.”

It’s not a flattering portrait.  But it sure takes the pressure off.

Lord, we thank you for Your undeserved mercy.  We delight to call You out gracious, Giver-God!  Amen.

 

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