Pastor Eric’s Blog
May 5th, 2016
It’s time that we gathered up all of the homeless poor in our community and invited them into our homes! Who’s with me? How about this Mother’s Day we dedicate ourselves to really following the word of God???? According to Isaiah 58:7 the sacrifice that God wants is that we feed the hungry and invite the homeless poor into our homes, so let’s go!!!! Who’s got an extra room?
“Yeah right Eric, pretty funny. You start and we’ll follow. I’m not letting anyone I don’t know into my home.” I hear you, and you are right. What about following Jesus? Are you willing to do that? I mean really follow; as in taking the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7) seriously? Have I lost you yet? If you are still with me, it is possible to follow Jesus in life; living the Sermon on the Mount. But we are not going to do so until we get to know Jesus. Nobody trusts and follows anyone into life changing situations unless there is a high level of trust. So how do we get to know Jesus?
Here is the ironic answer to that question. We have to follow Jesus. This week we are addressing John chapter 17 in our worship services. This chapter is a prayer from Jesus to God. We have very few examples of Jesus praying, so this might be a rather important chapter for us to consider. If we are going to begin following Jesus, maybe we should examine how he prays, right? The prayer ends with the words. “25 “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these (disciples) know that you have sent me. 26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” Jesus’ mission according to this prayer is to make God known to people so that they may experience God intimately – as in a reciprocal loving relationship. He does so, by teaching us the word God. Might it not be worth 30 minutes a day trying to get to know God through studying the word? Might it not be worth joining a Bible study once a week for guidance in studying God’s word?
Jesus offers these words as he begins his prayer, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” Wait a minute! Wait just a minute! I thought eternal life was going to Heaven! How could Jesus be so wrong; saying it is to know God? I think I’m going to have to study these words a bit….