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The Lenten Journey 2016 – The Warning Is Still Relevant

Velma-1The Warning Is Still Relevant
Scripture: John 15:18-27 (NIV)

These verses reveal that Jesus issued a warning and encouragement to the disciples.The world’s direct hostility towards the disciples was not on full display until after Pentecost so Jesus’ cautionary message was to alert the disciples of the troubles to surface in the future for Christ’s sake. Those who hate/reject Jesus will act in a similar manner to the followers of Jesus and those who have no love for Christ will also not have love for God. To prepare the disciples for His departure and ill treatment from the world, Jesus offered encouragement and reassurance that God’s presence would be experienced by the coming of the Comforter.

Key Points to Ponder:

• The warning issued by Jesus Christ to the first century disciples is still relevant to 21st century disciples, modern day followers of Christ.
• One cannot fulfill the mandate of a disciple while simultaneously fulfilling the mandate of the world, there should be some conflict. Are we enough like Christ eliciting the ire of others who hate Christ?
• Acting like Christ means that one should speak out against or confront the injustices of the world. Acting Christ like means that one has embraced the spirit that rejects injustice, racism, classism and any other barrier that does not promote Christ principle of “love thy neighbor.”
• Are we hated enough for Christ sake or liked too much by the world’s community? Being hated by the world is evidence of being on God’s side, in God’s judgment of the world.
• There is confidence in knowing that God’s presence is eternal and not temporary whether the presence is through Jesus or the Holy Spirit, which is great news.

Prayer:

Eternal God our Savior, we give thanks for Your warnings, encouragement, and most of all Your divine love for those who are called by You into the beloved community of disciples. Equip us to be more Christ like and help us to exhibit a spirit of love to those whom we encounter each day. Develop in us the strength to reject the ways of the world that lead to injustice, racism, discrimination, and classism. Hear our prayer as we walk through this season of Lent living the cross-shaped life. Selah!

Rev. Velma E. Grant
First Saint Paul A.M.E. Church, Lithonia, Georgia
www.twitte.com/ RevVelma

BELOVED,

As we prepare to celebrate the praise parade of Jesus Christ’s triumphant procession into Jerusalem once again, take a few moments to reflect on your Lenten Journey. Are you strong, better and wiser for taking additional time in Bible meditation, daily devotion and increased prayer? Has the Lord revealed anything to you or answered a prayer? Let me know in the comment section.

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Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie



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