Next Jesus let fly on the cities where he had worked the hardest but whose people had responded the least, shrugging their shoulders and going their own way.
Matthew 11:20 MSG
27. Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly.
“The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen
I think it is time, over due time, to come to Jesus Christ, go to HIM, rather than ‘go to church’.
Let’s be the Church not just go to it.
We were never meant to be just an address.
Jesus realized that the Pharisees were keeping count of the baptisms that he and John performed (although his disciples, not Jesus, did the actual baptizing). They had posted the score that Jesus was ahead, turning him and John into rivals in the eyes of the people. So Jesus left the Judean countryside and went back to Galilee.
On His way he went through Samaria (normally people who were of the Jewish race & religion would walk around that area to avoid any Gentiles or Samaritans) Also, traditianally Jewish men would not speak to Samaritain women. We see Jesus breaking both if those restrictions as he approached a women at a well.
They got into a religious discussion and Christ clarifies for her and us a few things about what worshipping God & what should be done religiously…
“Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem. You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day.
God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews.
But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter.
“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God.
Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth.
That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship.
God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”
“I am he,” said Jesus. “You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further.”
John 4:21-23, 23-24, 26 MSG
Measure the “Sunday going to meeting” tradition & the religious duty we seeing being carried out today with what God’s word says:
1 Timothy 5:4 NIV
4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.
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Church, ‘those considered religious’, are we doing this?
How, literally in Christ name calling ourselves ‘Christians’, did we come to meeting at 11A.M. on Sunday and call that church rather than call ourselves ‘the Church’ and actually do something Christ-like?
I never understood it and I’m not sure I ever will.
It is my prayer that 6 out of 7 days in a week we would preach with our actions the life style of Jesus Christ while meeting human need without discrimination then truly rest on the 7th day.
Just an ordinary guy, Beetle