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Hearing the Word vii

John 5:31-47 (CEV)

Witnesses to Jesus

31 If I speak for myself, there is no way to prove I am telling the truth. 32 But there is someone else who speaks for me, and I know what he says is true. 33 You sent messengers to John, and he told them the truth. 34 I don’t depend on what people say about me, but I tell you these things so that you may be saved. 35 John was a lamp that gave a lot of light, and you were glad to enjoy his light for a while.

36 But something more important than John speaks for me. I mean the things that the Father has given me to do! All of these speak for me and prove that the Father sent me.

37 The Father who sent me also speaks for me, but you have never heard his voice or seen him face to face. 38 You have not believed his message, because you refused to have faith in the one he sent.

39 You search the Scriptures, because you think you will find eternal life in them. The Scriptures tell about me, 40 but you refuse to come to me for eternal life.

41 I don’t care about human praise, 42 but I do know that none of you love God. 43 I have come with my Father’s authority, and you have not welcomed me. But you will welcome people who come on their own. 44 How could you possibly believe? You like to have your friends praise you, and you don’t care about praise that the only God can give!

45 Don’t think that I will be the one to accuse you to the Father. You have put your hope in Moses, yet he is the very one who will accuse you. 46 Moses wrote about me, and if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me. 47 But if you don’t believe what Moses wrote, how can you believe what I say?

I’m here to speak God’s word,
to say what he wants to say
to you,
each one of you.

I’m here to show God’s ways,
how to live,
to love
as he would.

What you see me do
is what he would do,
what I say
are his words,
my actions
are his.

I’m not bringing something different,
but what God has been trying
to say
and do
all along.
I’m trying to do it in a way you can grasp,
understand
and copy.

I’m here
so that you can learn to live like God,
to see
in a human reality.

I am showing you the way
to fullness of life.

Follow me,
hear my voice,
God’s word.
Let that be your strength,
your support
as you seek
to live God’s way,
to follow his path.

It’s All About You Jesus and I surrender to your ways

Star struck

Matthew 2:1-12

The Wise Men

When Jesus was born in the village of Bethlehem in Judea, Herod was king. During this time some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem and said, “Where is the child born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard about this, he was worried, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem. Herod brought together the chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses and asked them, “Where will the Messiah be born?”

They told him, “He will be born in Bethlehem, just as the prophet wrote,

Bethlehem in the land

of Judea,

you are very important

among the towns of Judea.

From your town

will come a leader,

who will be like a shepherd

for my people Israel.’ ”

Herod secretly called in the wise men and asked them when they had first seen the star. He told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, let me know. I want to go and worship him too.”

The wise men listened to what the king said and then left. And the star they had seen in the east went on ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  They were thrilled and excited to see the star.

When the men went into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they knelt down and worshiped him. They took out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh and gave them to him. Later they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, and they went back home by another road.

They came a long way to see Jesus, an arduous journey, but they were determined.

How out of place they must have looked.  Apparently wealthy, men of learning and study, but they knew this was important and so they searched and followed the signs.

How unlikely that a King, for that is what they knew him to be, would be born, not in the palace, but in a backwater; not in luxury but into an ordinary life.

God didn’t come into the world to live apart.  He came to live an ordinary life – to live the life of you or I.  Jesus understands what it is to be human – that is why his life is such a gift.

Whatever we come up against, Jesus has been there.  He was homeless, harassed, persecuted; he had to work, eat, sleep.

Jesus was very special, but very ordinary.  God didn’t save him from the mundane things of life, he lived it all.

This is God, here with us now, here in the world.

I followed where they led.

And in a hovel rude,

With naught to fence the weather from his head

The King I sought for meekly stood;

A naked hungry child

Clung round his gracious knee,

And a poor hunted slave looked up and smiled

To bless the smile that set him free;

New miracles I saw his presence do,

No more I knew the hovel bare and poor,

The gathered chips into a woodpile grew

The broken morsel swelled to goodly store.

I knelt and wept: my Christ no more I seek.

His throne is with the outcast and the week.

“His Throne is with the outcast” by James Russell Lowell

Star struck

Matthew 2:1-12

The Wise Men

When Jesus was born in the village of Bethlehem in Judea, Herod was king. During this time some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem and said, “Where is the child born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard about this, he was worried, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem. Herod brought together the chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses and asked them, “Where will the Messiah be born?”

They told him, “He will be born in Bethlehem, just as the prophet wrote,

Bethlehem in the land

of Judea,

you are very important

among the towns of Judea.

From your town

will come a leader,

who will be like a shepherd

for my people Israel.’ ”

Herod secretly called in the wise men and asked them when they had first seen the star. He told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, let me know. I want to go and worship him too.”

The wise men listened to what the king said and then left. And the star they had seen in the east went on ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  They were thrilled and excited to see the star.

When the men went into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they knelt down and worshiped him. They took out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh and gave them to him. Later they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, and they went back home by another road.

They came a long way to see Jesus, an arduous journey, but they were determined.

How out of place they must have looked.  Apparently wealthy, men of learning and study, but they knew this was important and so they searched and followed the signs.

How unlikely that a King, for that is what they knew him to be, would be born, not in the palace, but in a backwater; not in luxury but into an ordinary life.

God didn’t come into the world to live apart.  He came to live an ordinary life – to live the life of you or I.  Jesus understands what it is to be human – that is why his life is such a gift.

Whatever we come up against, Jesus has been there.  He was homeless, harassed, persecuted; he had to work, eat, sleep.

Jesus was very special, but very ordinary.  God didn’t save him from the mundane things of life, he lived it all.

This is God, here with us now, here in the world.

I followed where they led.

And in a hovel rude,

With naught to fence the weather from his head

The King I sought for meekly stood;

A naked hungry child

Clung round his gracious knee,

And a poor hunted slave looked up and smiled

To bless the smile that set him free;

New miracles I saw his presence do,

No more I knew the hovel bare and poor,

The gathered chips into a woodpile grew

The broken morsel swelled to goodly store.

I knelt and wept: my Christ no more I seek.

His throne is with the outcast and the week.

“His Throne is with the outcast” by James Russell Lowell