In our travels through the book of Luke, we have made it to the Easter season 2014 at the same time we read and preach the last moments of Jesus life on the cross.
This past Sunday was Luke Part 123 in a series of sermons taking us all the way through the book of Luke. This has taken five years, yet has been met with interludes along the way like Christmas, Easter, B90X, and other short book or series studies.
I don’t think this is by accident that we meet right now with a intersection of these ideas.
The thought I had this morning related both to the sermon last Sunday and the group of men I have the privilege of meeting with every Wednesday morning. I don’t even begin to think that I have the all-inclusive, final answer to every section of scripture which I preach. For this past Sunday, the Holy Spirit lead me to share some particular ideas relating to the four verses surrounding the two thieves crucified at the same time as Jesus.
The cool thing which happened this morning at coffee was how much more there is to the story than meets the eye. Nearly all six of us which spoke up about it, had a little different take, inflection, or depth to the story than the others. Granted we all had the same foundational view. However, each of us brought a different light, perspective, or world-view to the passage. It was mighty.
One of the things our time together this morning reminded me was how alive and living the Word of God is. Taking the time to meditate on it can bring to light all sorts of things. Rather than me thinking I have to have all the answers for everyone each and every Sunday, some ideas are spread around like the sower and his seed in Matt. 13, and those seeds fall on different kinds of hearts and lives and grow (or don’t grow) in all sorts of ways.
This was a really rich time for me. Thank you Jim, Chris, Rick, Vince, Nathan, and Bill for sharing your hearts and thoughts on the Living Word of God.