Friday, November 18, 2011

Psalm 22:1-5, Jeremiah 37:1-21, Matthew 27:33-56 - Lectionary for 11/18/11

Today's readings are Psalm 22:1-5, Jeremiah 37:1-21, and Matthew 27:33-56.

Sometime what we believe is impervious to evidence. Jeremiah, scouting out the positions of invaders, was arrested for treason. It didn't matter that he was not guilty. He was penalized just the same. And what of Jesus? Though he gave every indication of telling the truth he was sentenced to die a terrible death. When he died, he did so with such power that nobody could miss the results - an earthquake, a partial resurrection of the dead, incredible signs. Yet the reality and importance of Jesus' death is rejected to this day.

It would seem we are left with salvation by grace through faith, and that the faith to believe the facts laid down for us is not something we can muster up ourselves. The Lord has to give us eyes to see what's right in front of our faces or we will continue to deny the truth.

May God have mercy on us.

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