DEVOTION: Matthew 11:2-15 (ESV)
2 Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples 3 and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?" 4 And Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5 the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers[a] are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. 6 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me."
7 As they went away, 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? 8 What then did you go out to see? A man[b] dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. 9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet?[c] Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is he of whom it is written,
"'Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way before you.'
11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence,[d] and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, 14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear,[e] let him hear.
Do you hear what Jesus is saying? Jesus is telling us that John the Baptist didn't come to be the weird guy in the wilderness, nor did he come to gain favor with the nation and with the people. He came to proclaim that the kingdom of heaven has come!
The kingdom of heaven is Jesus. Let me repeat that in case you didn't get it. THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS JESUS! Wherever Jesus is, that is where heaven is. Since Jesus is in you, the kingdom of heaven is in you. Since the Holy Spirit works through you, the kingdom of heaven works through you. and you proclaim it.
The kingdom of heaven is a wondrous thing that can't be measured, understood, or attained, but it can be longed for and it will be yours if you are one who "has ears to hear".
Let us pray: Lord, I thank you for the ears of faith which have allowed me to hear that you are the kingdom of heaven and that you live in me and I will live in you forever. Amen.
Thurs- Karate 5:15-7:30
Fri- Bible Study at Hendershot's 7pm
Sat- Sunday school Christmas program practice 10-11am; Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Chapel 11; Elder's meeting noon
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Sarah Cluver 11- Cameron Faerber
Ushers- Don Hance, Rich Boeger, Doug Walters, Don Tate
Altar- Set up- Cheri' Hofeldt; Clean Up- Joanne Hachtel
Elders- Sat- Jim Rahn; 8:30- Roy Bohning 11- John Hachtel
Greeters- 8:30- Randy and Patty Sweet; 11- Al and Karen Benton
Lay Readers- Sat- Jim Rahn; 8:30- Roy Bohning; 11- John Hachtel
Piano- Kathy Barrow
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- Perricone; Sun- Yoder
TODAY'S QUIZ: Give a quick definition of what it means to be justified by grace through faith.