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Weekly Moravian Message: June 10, 2012

Second Sunday after Pentecost

A new family

The religious experts thought Jesus was possessed. His family thought he was crazy. His simple acts of healing and his astounding message of hope had earned for Jesus the reputation of being a radical, and in those days radical was a dangerous thing to be. His mom and his brothers probably thought they had his best interests at heart when they came to the house where he was preaching, intending to convince him to go home with them. They wanted to save him (and probably themselves) from the embarrassment of undue notoriety.

Jesus came with a vision that challenged the way the world operates, and offered a way that is infinitely better. Often, when Jesus’ way challenges our modern perception of the world, we are like Jesus’ mother and brothers. We don’t get it. Even though we love Jesus, we’d rather not think about anything that upsets our worldview.

The decision to be a follower of Jesus Christ is one that cannot be taken lightly. It means that we must measure every thought and action by God’s standards, instead of by the standards of the world. But the good news is that when we get what Jesus is saying, and try to live according to God’s vision for the world, Jesus adopts us as brothers and sisters—members of God’s family.

Willie Israel, pastor, Rolling Hills Moravian Church, Longwood, Florida

Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, December 16 — Psalm 144:1–4
Nahum 3; Habakkuk 1; Revelation 14:17–15:8

Woe to those who plan iniquity, because it is in their power to do it. Micah 2:1 (NIV)

Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant.” Mark 10:42–43

God of humanity and humility, teach us the way of gentleness. May we be servant leaders. May we overcome iniquity by the power of your love. Amen.

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