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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Keeping Christmas in the Context of the Gospel- December 7

Luke Chapter 7---(scroll down to yesterdays post to find out what this is all about..) an interesting read... so much in there today! (Click the title for the link- to Biblegateway- a free online bible resource) or read my synopsis here then click:
Verses 1-10 are about a faithful soldier. (Centurion) He (sends leaders) to ask Jesus to "say the word" and heal his servant. When Jesus went to heal the man--- the Centurion sent other servants- to stop Jesus on His way... telling him to just say the word, he believed it wasn't necessary for Jesus to actually come to the man. Jesus was "amazed" at the man, and commended his faith (actually his understanding of Jesus authority- specifically- that if Jesus SAID it- it was done- there was no need for proximity) to those who were gathered- in addition to healing his servant.
Verses 11-17 are about a widows dead son, and Jesus' raising him from the dead. The part that struck me was this verse in particular: 13When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry." There is Jesus- busily at work ministering--- and a (common for the time occurance) goes on in the background--- a boys' (sons anyway not really sure how old he is) body is being brought out.. (I'm assuming to be discarded) his mother is crying along side the body, as it's being carried out.
The poor woman is grieving- a widow- with only her son. We don't even know if she's aware of Jesus, that he is there- and that He is able to do the unthinkable.. bring her boy back to life. But Jesus knows SHE is there---- and He moves with compassion, He goes to her. Tells her not to cry- then raises the boy from the dead. She never even asked Him to. Jesus was simply moved. The savior in the manger- grows into a man of compassion. Moved to action.
Verses 18-35 Jesus answers questions from John the Baptist. (sent through his disciples.. -Johns disciples... those who folllowed John's teachings) John, doesn't pull any punches. He asks Jesus "Are you the ONE?" Jesus responds by pointing to His actions in line with God's prophecies:
21At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[b] are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. 23Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
Verses 36-50
37When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, 38and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
39When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner."
The Pharisees weren't too happy with the whole event. They pointed out the woman's checkered past. (ummmm MUCH checkered past) 39When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner."

40Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." "Tell me, teacher," he said.
41"Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[d] and the other fifty. 42Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?" 43Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled."
"You have judged correctly," Jesus said.
44Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."

48Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
49The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"
50Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
Lord Jesus- Your word is so rich. Help me to soak in as much of you as I can--- Help me to remember you are no longer a baby in a manger- but one who is the fulfillment of prophecy, moved with compassion and who offers much forgiveness, God I ask that you help me to remember to be thankful for the forgiveness you've given to me- I love you Lord- amen.

knit update 001knit update 002For the knitters who are wondering--- am I still knitting??? The answer is YES madly for Christmas! Pictured- Clapotis in Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb... Knit picks "gloss" in beige and brown for See Eunny Knit's new Mitten Pattern... (I think I can I think I can..) lots of Knit Picks "Swish"- for machine wash mittens for Christmas gifties..... and a pair of Fiber Trends Felted clogs- pre felting....;)

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