Home for Christmas: Christmas Eve Luke 2:1-14
No Ifs About It Luke 23:33-43
Mind the Gap Luke 16:19-31
When we keep our eyes on Jesus we are in a much better position to see three things. First, we can better see what God is doing in our midst. Second, we can see where justice and righteousness are lacking, and work to restore them. And finally, we can see that there is a point to all of this difficult faith business – a goal, if you will – and we are assured of reaching it if we persevere.
True religion is not just about holy days and a holy place; it’s about every day and every place and every person.
To those who feel like they are more mature in the faith – the Elijahs among us – live your lives in such a way that you leave this place in a whirlwind, accompanied by the glorious spectacle of fiery horses and chariots. In other words, live a life that will end dramatically, seen off by a parade of people you have faithfully helped to walk in Christ’s footsteps and whose lives you have helped transform. Live in such a way that people watching you will say, “I’ll have what they’re having… only make mine a double!” To the Elishas out there, seek out an Elijah, one who will model a good and faithful life, showing you how to produce the fruit of the Spirit, and guiding you ever closer to the Jesus Way.
Jesus comes after us, even when we turn away from him. Jesus redeems those whose sin we may think makes them unredeemable. No matter what sins we’ve committed, no matter what sins others have committed, Jesus always comes after us, always seeks us out, is always willing to give us a fresh start.