Bible Reading Day 103
Day 103 – Luke 13:22-35
Sometimes truth is hard; the doctor’s report you would have preferred not to get, the speed the police officer says you were going, the personal details someone close to you includes when they tell you to find help, the need to accept a situation you wish was different. Yet, often the hard truth is good because it is the first step toward change.
Well there is plenty of hard truth in today’s reading. Jesus is pressing on toward Jerusalem – a man on a mission. And someone asks Him if only a few will be saved. Jesus first tells the man the hard truth – there is a narrow requirement for entering the Kingdom of God. Only the perfect can enter, and since none are perfect it is only through Jesus that we can come. But with the hard truth comes an audacious hope – many will come from all over the world to take their place in the Kingdom of God. That had been thought to be impossible until Jesus came along; indeed it would still be impossible but for Jesus!
Jesus adds that the Kingdom of God has different values than this world: Some who seem least important now will be the greatest then, and some who are the greatest now will be least important then.
And then there is hard truth for Jesus Himself; some Pharisees tell Jesus He will be killed. They blame Herod Antipas, even though it will be the Pharisees and Sadducees who will be the primary cause of Jesus’ death.
Jesus takes this hard truth in His stride, because He has already decided to fulfill His calling as the Savior of the world. Nothing can stop Him dying for our sins. However, He does lament the way in which God’s chosen city, Jerusalem, has become the place where God’s plan will be fulfilled by the Jewish leaders’ rejection of their Messiah. Their wrong choice, rejecting the “gathering” of Jesus to the heart of God, will leave them empty and abandoned (not because God is harsh to them, but simply because that is the consequence of their own hard hearts).
Today, may we be those who follow Jesus; and wherever we go may we be those who come in the Name of the Lord!
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