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Sunday, July 23, 2006

What was the Question again?

I love Jesus. I love him for lots of reasons. Today I realized that I love him for perfectly demonstrating conversational segue. What got me thinking about this was the sermon that Tom Gee preached tonight. He was using Luke 12:13-34: cool. He said that it was very common for people in Jesus' time to approach a rabbi for matters of financial arbitration. The man in Luke 12:13 approaches Jesus, asking him to convince his brother to divide their inheritance. Jesus instantly makes the transition and answers, "take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." He goes from here to a presentation of the need to treasure God above all else and then to be reconciled with God while there is still time. Now that is segue.

My personal favourite is found in Matthew 12:46-50. Jesus, when told that his mother and brothers are looking for him, says, "who is my mother, and who are my brothers? Whoever does the will of my father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."

Again in Matthew (19:13-15), Jesus happens to be hanging out with some local kids (you've gotta love those local kids) and says to his disciples, "let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven."

If we are completely preoccupied with things of Christ, keeping our sights on what is above, I think we will segue just like Jesus did.

Thanks Tom.

Serve your king


Blogger tomgee said...

You are more than welcome, brother!

Thanks for the great article, too!

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