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January 19, 2020

Parable of the Sower, the Growing Seed, and the Mustard Seed

Those who wanted to listen could understand. Those who didn’t want to understand didn’t. Jesus was planting seeds among the people that day. It would be snatched from some. Others weren’t ready to hear it. But for the ones that were, a Jesus kingdom of forgiveness and love began growing in thier life.

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The Call of Levi

Jesus sees Levi, a man no one trusts, sitting at his stand on the shore of Galilee and he says to him, “Come Follow Me.” How could Jesus do such a thing? Tax collectors were lumped into the same category as murderers and theives.

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Jesus Begins his Ministry

You’ve got to wonder if what Jesus told the leper was all in jest because the leper couldn’t keep his mouth shut. He couldn’t help but go and tell everyone what Jesus had done for him. It’s as if Jesus infected the leper with something way more contagious than leprosy. Jesus had infected him with hope that leads to love.

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Misplaced Hope

The temple was never designed to bring life. It was God in the temple that brings life. But now it’s Jesus, God made flesh, that will be the glory of Israel, a light to the Gentiles, the Messiah who brings life.

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Isaiah of the Exile

Take down the mountains. Lift up the plains. Smooth out the rough spots. Make it easy for God’s arrival because God is bringing good news, his Kingdom. His rule and reign will set everything straight. It will make all things new again. God will restore that which has been lost. His gentleness will restore their souls.

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