Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection – 10-12-20

467 10-12-20 28th WOT Luke 11:29-32

“‘What is the sign of Jonah? The stumbling block of the cross. So, it is not the disputers of knowledge who will be saved but those who believe true teaching. 

For the cross of Christ is indeed a stumbling block to those who dispute knowledge but salvation to those who believe. Paul testifies to this:  ‘But we, for our part, preach the crucified Christ – to the Jews indeed a stumbling block and to the Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God’  (1 Corinthians 1:23-24). Why do the Jews seek signs, and the Greeks seek wisdom? God pointed to the sign of the stumbling block of the cross to both the Jews and the Greeks.  Thus, those who wish to find Christ not through faith but through wisdom will perish on the stumbling block of foolishness. Those who wish to know the Son of God not through faith but through a demonstration of signs will remain trapped in their disbelief, falling on the stumbling block of his death. It is no small wonder that the Jews, considering the death of Christ, thought He was merely a man, when even Christians – as they purport to be but really are not – because of His death are reluctant to declare the only begotten, the crucified, as incomparable majesty God will transform us if we listen to his word and allow his Holy Spirit to work in our lives.

Ask the Lord to renew your mind and to increase your thirst for His wisdom. James says that, “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity” (James 3:17).  A double-minded person cannot receive this kind of wisdom. The single of heart desire one thing alone – God’s pleasure. God wants us to delight in Him and to know the freedom of His truth and love.     

Do you thirst for the holiness, without which no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14)? 

“Lord Jesus, give us hearts that love what is good and in accord with your will and fill us with your wisdom that we my understand your ways. Give us the grace and the courage to reject whatever is evil and contrary to your will.”

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