Both Cain and Abel offered sacrifices to God. Yet, only one was accepted by God – the sacrifice that was offered in faith and thanksgiving to God.
That’s what Jesus really said to Bartimaeus in Jericho, by the way. Jesus really said, “Recover your sight; your faith has saved you.” God doesn’t work the way man does. He doesn’t forgive, save, or choose based on anything that is in us. He didn’t choose David based on appearances, but because of the faith He created in David’s heart. Not even having faith is something we can do. It is the work of God the Holy Spirit in us.
“Beloved, we are God’s children now.”
Text: Luke 19:41-48 During Holy Week, while Jesus was teaching in the temple, He told a parable about a man who planted a vineyard and rented it out to tenants. When the time for fruit came, the man sent his servants to the tenants, but they beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again, theContinue reading “The Day of Your Visitation”
Text: Matthew 8:1-13 Over the last few weeks, we’ve been thinking about how in the Epiphany season we confess that Jesus, the Son of Man, is also the Son of God. We witnessed this in the visit of the wise men. We heard the God the Father proclaim from heaven that Jesus is His belovedContinue reading “Of Faith and Mercy”