Questions Jesus Asked #81

Luke 6:32   (see also Question #1 – Matthew 5:46) – If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.” NIV

This passage is from Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain (level ground) recorded in Luke 6.  Its contents are similar to much of the content in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount recorded in Matthew 5-7.  While the wording is slightly different, the idea is the same.  However, it is an idea worth repeating.

If as Christ-followers we are to become transformed into the image or likeness of Jesus, then it follows that we begin to act and respond in ways that Jesus would act and respond.  One of those ways is how we treat people. God is always the initiator of love. According to John 3:16, it was God’s love that prompted Him to send Jesus to this earth to reveal His love for us in a tangible way. It was Jesus’ love that prompted Him to die on the cross for our sins. This love was given to us even before we came to follow Jesus while we were still “sinners.” (Romans 5:6-8) Continue reading

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Advent – Week Two – Love

loveIf you are lighting an Advent Wreath, relight the first Advent candle, the Prophets’ candle, the candle of hope, to remind us that we must prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child.  Today, begins the second week of Advent, we light the Angel’s Candle.  Luke tells us that the angels spoke to the shepherds who were on the Judean hillside …

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”  (Luke 2:10-11 NIV)

The shepherd’s hearts were prepared because they listened, came to the manger and worshipped Jesus.  Then they went out and spread the Good News of new-born Messiah.  But the angel ministered to several besides the shepherds … Continue reading