How are you? How is your week going?
This past Sunday, we finished our “The Stories that Transform Us” series by looking at the last parable in the Gospel of Luke: The Parable of the Wicked Tenants. This parable could have been entitled, “The Parable of the Beloved Son.”
Even though the wicked tenants rejected and ridiculed the servants that were sent to collect fruit, the owner was still patient and compassionate. He was so compassionate that he sent his beloved son to persuade them to give what was owed. Instead, as we would have predicted, the son was killed.
Jesus tells this last parable to show that He is the Messiah. He is the beloved Son sent by God to save the world through His own death. Through the parable, He is urging the people of Jerusalem to believe in Him and to trust in Him. He is not only giving a picture of redemptive history, but He is also speaking to us.
He is urging us to believe in Him. He is urging us to trust in Him as our Lord and Savior. He is urging us to live in and for Him. It’s because if we don’t believe and trust in Him, then we will be destroyed. We will be broken into pieces and crushed.
But if we believe and trust in Him, then we don’t have to fear. We can be saved forevermore. How? It’s because Christ was destroyed. He was destroyed so that we could be built up. Christ was broken into pieces so that we may be made whole. He was crushed so that we can be born onto new life.
Do you believe in the Christ? Do you live in Him? Would your coworkers, neighbors, friends, and family attest to that truth?
This week, we have the blessing of hearing the Word of God through Pastor Matt Morginsky. We will also partake of the Lord’s Supper. Please be praying for both Pastor Matt and for our hearts for worship.
Also, we will continue in our “How Do You” Topical Study series on the following topic: “How do you pray?” Come out after fellowship!
Lastly, please be praying for our next sermon series: “The Fruit of the Spirit.” We will launch our new series at the winter retreat as we will be looking at the first fruit: Love. I can’t wait!
May His grace give you strength, and may His peace sustain you. Love you all.
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