Sunday, January 31, 2010

Epiphany 4

Back at campus chapel. Today's readings were Jeremiah 1:4-10, 1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:13, and Luke 4:31-44 (sermon text).

Comfort zones, areas of peace, were invaded by Satan in the reading. "What have You to do with us?" We answer differently because we're filled with a different Spirit. Unlike His hearers, we don't oppose Him. Is this or is this not the Messiah? As we meditate on that question, Satan encroaches and distracts, never missing a Sunday in church. He knows our weaknesses. We can't overpower Him. Hence, Jesus comes.

Jesus had to die in the war against sin - for the Father cannot look the other way. Our sins crop up, painful to give up. Realize the grip sin has on you. But realize also that Jesus suffered all of this for you. This peace is more than just knowing who He is (even demons do!), or being "spiritual." It is knowing Him, believing in Him, trusting that He can remove the bad and replace it with Himself.

"What do You want with us, Jesus?" Be His vessels to fill with the Spirit. Be silent and let Him remove the evil. Be emptied of yourself and filled with Him. His love casts out evil, which can now do you no harm. Receive eternal life! Be His forever.

Soli Deo gloria.

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