There is a background to every story. The Jewish culture into which Jesus was born and which was the background of many of his hearers was a very exclusive culture. The Jews were God’s chosen people, all other peoples were pagan, unclean and fit only for fuel for the fires of hell. It is very hard to live with a
Monthly Archives:: September 2015
Life can teach us hard lessons and one of the first and hardest lessons that even a child learns is that we do not always get what we want. As we grow and change, so do the things we desire. We wish for different things at different times of our lives, according to our understanding and priorities at each time.
Meditation: Who is Jesus for you – and what difference does he make in your life? Many in Israel recognized Jesus as a mighty man of God, even comparing him with the greatest of the prophets. Peter, always quick to respond whenever Jesus spoke, professed, “You are the Christ” (Mark 8:29) – “the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).