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March 17, 2019

An Everlasting Promise

Luke 13:31-35The Lament over Jerusalem

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, ‘Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.’ He said to them, ‘Go and tell that fox for me, “Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed away from Jerusalem.” Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” ’

For God is determined to bless us  and to make us a holy and special people in the world, bearers of unconditional love to those we encounter because of this promise of unconditional love towards us. Which means that we continue to live and love the world as fiercely and unconditionally as God sees it. Ready to love those in need, ready to provide for those who have lost hope, and ready to build up the broken hearted. Because God has made a promise to us, to love us, we are ready to make the promise to others, to love them, to protect them, and provide for them. And there are certainly many in our world that need that reminder, perhaps this week especially our Muslim cousins, but so many in this world need to know about God’s great promise to Abram, to us, and to them. So let’s help them understand this profound truth of scripture in strange and wonderful ways… because Abram reckoned it as righteousness, and so do we, we remember how deeply God loves and cares for us. …

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