Horn of Plenty (4)

Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you.  Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’  But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you.  Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’  I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.  Lk 10:8-12 ESV

Yesterday, we saw how Jesus said to speak peace.  The challenge was to define “peace” the way the original hearers would define peace – communal well-being, security, and plenty.  Scripture is clear that true peace can only come through Christ Jesus.  Therefore, the only way we can offer peace is via our relationship with Christ.  Notice verse 9 again.  Heal the sick… I’m reminded of a few texts in the Gospels.  People that were “less than whole” – blind, lame, etc. inquired of healing.  Remember what Jesus said?  What do you want me to do for you?

Is it safe to say that not everyone realizes they’re sick?  The last few days, I’ve been chewing on Romans 7.  Paul is struggling with the sin in his life.  Scholars debate as to what point of his life Paul is referring to.  Nevertheless, it’s evident that he recognizes he’s “sick.”  I’m convinced that we don’t recognize our illness because we compare ourselves to one another – especially to those we think we’re a bit “further ahead.”  But once we measure up against Jesus, we realize just how inept we really are.

Secondly, are there those that don’t want to be healed?  I think so.  The eyes have cataracts.  The ears are stopped.  The heart is fat.  I know people (you do as well) who choose to live blind, lame, or unwhole for their entire life.  If we don’t understand that, we’ll be sorely disappointed when they choose bondage over freedom, blindness over sight, the here and now over what’s to come, etc.

Jesus is clear that not all will receive the message.  And for those who refuse, what’s worse than the outcome of Sodom (Read Genesis 19)?  There comes a time when wickedness eliminates even the wooing of the Holy Spirit.  Arrogance and pride causes them to believe there’s no need for a physician.

What does all this have to do with peace?  Peace was in the Garden prior to the Fall.  Peace will be restored at the return of Christ.  Peace was what was intended all along.  Satan is interested in chaos.  Christ is about bringing peace.  We must choose!

Tomorrow, find some time after the turkey to read the conclusion of Horn of Plenty.  Happy Thanksgiving!


3 Responses to “Horn of Plenty (4)”

  1. I think we find ourselves trying to “measure up” and “measure down” way to often. I catch myself looking at other Christians and thinking “Why can’t I be like them.” I have to remember that we are not called to be like other Christians, but to be like Christ. We all have gifts that God has placed in our hearts. It may not be the same as those we are trying to measure up to. In the same way we cannot pride ourselves on what we have done in comparison to someone else. We do not live their lives, have their struggles, or pain. God loves us all and asks different things from each of us.

  2. I love this post. Growing up our friends and family always greeted each other with “Paz de Cristo” which means “peace of Christ”. And I DID think it meant more like “I come in peace”.

    You said “the only way we can offer peace is through our relationship with Christ”. That just made me smile so big because that knowledge gives the greeting “Paz de Christo” so much more meaning and depth and commitment ! To our friends and family!

    Verse 9 “heal the sick”. Another revelation of the commitment I have but what is truly amazing in what I have learned today is that in the midst of what I am called to do, I can rest assured, that peace will be restored not in anything I do, but in what Christ has already done and What Christ wants to do through me.

    So much to think about.

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