The Story of Jesus
The gathering of family and friends over the holidays sometimes leads to after dinner discussions over life stuff. We try to avoid talking politics with those we know do not agree with us. We also avoid talking about religion, at times, for the same reasons, don’t we? We do not “want to go there” for we may fall into an abyss of misunderstandings over minor details of religion resulting in a marred relationship. Words and actions matter.
So, it is refreshing to read how Jesus handled those who were trying to trap Him into a discussion to nowhere but evil. What I mean, is their motivation was not to dig deeper for an explanation of God’s Word, it was an attempt to discredit the Truth, the person of Jesus Christ, that was standing right in front of them. He reminds us, in simple, yet profound terms, what is the most important for our hearts, minds and souls to wrap around, take in, and then live it out loud in Spirit and in Truth.
Matthew 22, Msg
34-36 When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?”
37-40 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”
Simply, counterculture, upside kingdom thinking, revolutionary, Jesus’ way…Love God. Love Others. The most important, the main focus.
Dear Heavenly Father, I love how Your Word speaks volumes to our heart in simple understandable terms. Because of Your love for us, we love you back. Our love grows deeper in You when we love others You put in our path. We see how this could change our world when we love passionately and excellently. Help us to love deeper still. In Jesus Name, Amen