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In the reading from Acts this morning we hear about the meeting between Paul and a woman called Lydia in the city of Phillippi. Lydia was a dealer in purple cloth. Now, usually I prefer modern translations of the bible, but in the old, authorized version, sticking closely to the Greek, it says that she’s “a seller of purple.” Just that: A seller of purple.
Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me, 26 but you do not believe because you do not belong to my sheep…”
Jim had an awful day fishing on the lake, sitting in the blazing sun all day without catching one. On his way home, he stopped at the supermarket and ordered for catfish. He told the fish salesman, “pick four large ones out and throw them at me, will you?” “Why do you want me to throw that you?”
Jesus was on trial from the beginning of the world. Every time humanity tried God’s patience God’s choices became more and more limited: send prophets send plagues send God’s only begotten son…
The trial that began Thursday evening with the arrest and detainment of a Galilean rabbi was one of the greatest farces of history.
You are probably wondering why I have a bucket of rocks this morning. Well, I thought it would be a good idea for us to have a “rock concert”. I see some of you are smiling. Don’t you believe these rocks could sing? Do you think they could even talk? Do you think they could tell you stories about Jesus? Well, you might be surprised to hear what Jesus himself had to say about that.
The Judeo- Greek world in which Jesus arrived and Christianity was born had long held that the elements of all life were Earth, Air, Water and Fire. God breathed life into the first humans in the Genesis account after fashioning them from the Earth itself. Water and Fire also play essential parts in the life story of our faith.
Christmas is a PUSH time of year…. Keep going until all the preparations are done and the long awaited guests arrive. And of course it commemorates and celebrates the birth of our Lord Jesus the Christ which certainly involved a time of physical Labor – since the conception was miraculous but no one noted that the birth itself was “unnatural”, painless or easy. Labor is all about PUSHing….
For the past several weeks the dialogue between people and Jesus is in response to their desire for something. The rich young ruler wanted to know how to ensure eternal life. The Zebedee brothers wanted to sit on Jesus’ right and left hand in the Kingdom and today a blind beggar wants to see! The common thread is that God is the source of our desires. This is, however, clearly a miracle account… or is it.