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It is said that God is ‘omnipotent’ – he knows everything. God created everything yet the Psalm writer seems to feel ignored, forgotten by God. God is capable of forgetting, he has promised to forget our sins if we confess Jesus as Lord. But if God is capable of forgetting there is one thing he is incapable of and that’s forgetting you.
Jesus sets a stage for what compassion looks like in action. He demonstrates what the word means as he cares for people who were otherwise ignored and ostracized. Compassion is a part of our call as disciples and can set us free to be fully God’s people in his image and reveals the kingdom of God.
Going back to Genesis reminds us of God’s triune nature on this Trinity Sunday and a reminder in a time of racial unrest, we are all created in the image of God and of equal worth.
The great novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that “there are no second acts in American lives.” But Fitzgerald was wrong. There are plenty of them. Pentecost Sunday celebrates the power of the Holy Spirit in enabling us to have not only second, but third, fourth, fifth, or more, chances to get it right. This is the power and mystery of God’s grace and powered by the Holy Spirit.
If the disciples had remained focused on looking for Jesus they would never have spread the good news throughout the world. Do we spend our time looking up, waiting for Jesus’ return, or are we engaged in the world and taking Jesus everywhere we go?
We are easily distracted from our focus on God’s plan and will for our lives. Like the Romans, we may be worshiping an “unknown” god or allowing the world to pull us away form worship of the living God. This season of isolation is a good time to reorient yourself and your priorities.
How much is prayer worth to you? What would you do if you couldn’t pray? Either struggling to know how to pray and having motivation to pray might be contrasted against our taking prayer for granted. God has given us the incredible gift of being able to communicate with him directly and to call on the power of all heaven.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.
Jesus finds us where we are Today’s Scripture – John 20:19-29 We typically focus on Thomas as the doubter, the one who dares question the resurrection. We ought to see him as who he is, one who loved Jesus and was in deep grief following the resurrection. The notion that Jesus actually was alive and had come back was shocking. For Thomas this was a pivotal moment of faith for him and affirmed him worthy of Jesus’ love and affection…
Who are we that Jesus the Christ should suffer and die as he did? The high drama of Jesus’ death is rooted in history. His resurrection conquered death and has an eternal impact for us all. It is a story of a God who loves us all, pursues us all the days of our lives, invites us to accept his offer of complete forgiveness and calls us to use our potential for serving Him by serving others.
The day Jesus was crucified is powerful, this end of the Passion Week, but it is that morning, three days later, which changed the world. That was the moment when God proved his love, proved that he, and he alone, can overcome death – and forgive our sins.
The disciple whom Jesus loved tells the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, a story of the power of God to forgive sin.