Luke 9:28-62; Genesis 16; Psalm 9
Sometimes I have a difficult time hiding my laughter when a student does something they shouldn’t. As funny as it may be, I have to avoid laughing, knowing that it won’t help discipline with the rest of the class even as I send the kid to the office. Our world has a similar attitude about greatness. We love it and we want to destroy it. “Everyone was overwhelmed by God’s greatness. While everyone was marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Take these words to heart: the Human One is about to be delivered into human hands.’” (Luke 9:43-44) Even though people recognized God’s power in Jesus, the ultimate result was that He would be arrested and crucified. That is part of the world we live in. Was it God’s plan for that to happen? Yes, of course, but it was a plan made with knowledge of who we are as human beings. It was made with the knowledge that the very people who would welcome Him on Palm Sunday would also call for His crucifixion less than a week later. That’s our world, and that’s why God sent Jesus: to bring forgiveness and healing to our crazy mixed up world.
Lord, how often do I bless You with my mouth and then show a completely different side to others around me? Let me recognize Your greatness at all times. Let me show the forgiveness and healing to others that You desire they experience.