DEVOTION: Luke 7:18-35
18 The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John, 19 calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?" 20 And when the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, 'Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?'" 21 In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight. 22 And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. 23 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me."
24 When John's messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25 What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are dressed in splendid clothing and live in luxury are in kings' courts. 26 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is he of whom it is written,
"'Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way before you.'
28 I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." 29 (When all the people heard this, and the tax collectors too, they declared God just, having been baptized with the baptism of John, 30 but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.)
31 "To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another,
"'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.'
33 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.' 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' 35 Yet wisdom is justified by all her children."
Some people aren't going to be satisfied no matter what. They didn't like John because he didn't live like they did. He was too weird. They didn't like Jesus because He was TOO MUCH like they were. He ate regular food and even drank wine.
Those who don't want to submit to the will of God, and those who will pick and choose what Scripture they want to believe and don't want to believe will never be satisfied with God's Word. They will never be satisfied to say "If God says it, I say it." or "If it's God's will, I will abide by it."
It is hard for all off us, because our will human will is naturally opposed to God's will by virtue of being born of two human parents and living after the Fall of Adam and Eve. Yet, by the power of the Holy Spirit working through His Word and Sacraments, we have been regenerated. We have been born again. And so, as we are being continually brought closer to God's will as He sanctifies up more and more as we see the Day of the Lord approaching.
I know He is forming me more and more, day by day, as I have gone through discipline and times of struggle to strip and chip away at all that hard sin I have in my life. I know he's doing the same for you. Look for it! Realize it! Rejoice in it! Accept it! When you do, it will feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. You will see God's will in a whole new light. Don't be like the Pharisees and Sadducees who weren't satisfied with the Jesus they saw, talked with, and experienced. Be satisfied to know Him for who He is, your God and Lord.
Prayer: Lord, help me to surrender to your will and to be satisfied with who You truly are and not our own supposition of who we think You should be. Amen.
Sat- Sunday school Christmas program practice 9-11; 3 yr old Little Lambs Christmas Program 3pm; Worship 5
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45; 4 yr old LL Christmas Program 3pm
Acolyte- 8:30- Jacob Winn ; 11- Hailey Blechle
Ushers- Sun- George, Gary, and ben Hoelscher, and Brent Davis
Altar- Set Up- Ruth Walters Clean up- Joanne Hachtel
Elders- Sat- Jim Rahn; 8:30- Don Turnure; 11- Steve McDowell
Greeters- 8:30- Dave and Linda Callies; 11- Steve and Sandy Robine
Lay readers- Sat- Jim Rahn 8:30- Jacob Nagel 11- Steve McDowell
Sat. Pianist- Tim Sherman
Organist- Sun (pianist)- Kathy Barrow
Projectionists: Sat. Pam Bueltmann 8:30- Terry McKenzie , 11- ?????
YESTERDAY'S BIBLE QUIZ: Find a verse in Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, or Malachi that is a prophecy about Jesus.
(Leave it to Pat King to be extremely thorough.)
"But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings," Malachi 4:2
According to Jewish sages and tradition, this Sun of Righteousness referred to in Malachi's prophecy was understood to be the Messiah, who would have the power to heal who ever touched the tzit-tzit (fringes) on his garment. (see Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, and Mark 6:56)
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