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Woe

Jesus is upset. Jesus is upset with the elite religious leaders of the day.

Jesus hasn’t gotten over it. I am thinking I need to pay attention to this. It is too easy to think Jesus is saying this “to them”. The word of Jesus is like a sharp sword.

Uh oh! Here it comes! I better listen up and change my mind (aka repent). I better act different. I better give up acting religious. I better get serious about following Him. I better give up my selfish self pitying. I better listen up!

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have changed their minds (aka repented) long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” | Matthew 11:21

  • Am I missing the miracles of God?
  • Have I changed my mind about who is in charge?
  • Am I ready to love?

It is easy to slip into the religious mode. Maybe I’ve been going to church too long. Maybe the church has been around too long. Maybe it has all gotten old and tired.

Haven’t I heard this sermon before? How many times are we going to sing that hymn?

Traditions. Jargon. Rampant hypocrisy. I don’t see it. I am participating in it. I am cheering it on.

Amen, I say! Don’t I feel better? I prayed when the minister called on me. I put my envelope in the offering plate. If I could sing, I would be in the choir. What else does Jesus want from me?

Jesus has lots to say. It is easy to think Jesus is talking to someone else. Could Jesus be talking to me?  I am listening. I am dumbfounded by what He says to me! Really???

I proclaim: Master Jesus the Messiah, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!

“So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” | Revelation 3:16

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