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Sunday, January 4, 2015

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In the chapter before us educated men come to Jesus (verses 1, 27).  They watch Him, they ask Him questions, and they listen to what He has to say (verses 20-22, 27-33).  They come to trap Him in His answers in front of a large crowd.  They are not ashamed of doing this.

But at the end of the day, what are the results?  Are they blessed?  Are their hearts melted and changed by the Savior’s matchless love and His wise, careful answers?  No!  Jesus said, “for their pretense they will receive great condemnation! (verse 47). 

Why? Their motive was wrong.  They came to criticize Jesus, to find fault with Him, to condemn Him.  His death was their motive!  Their lifestyle could not continue in His presence; so He had to go.

What is your lifestyle?  Can it continue in His presence? What is our motive as we come to Him today, reading His Word and asking Him questions? Is it Jesus we desire to change and correct?  Or with humble hearts do we want to be changed and cry, “God be merciful to me, a sinner?”(Luke 18:13).

The humble heart He will revive, the contrite spirit He will bless and change.   (Isaiah 57:15).

May such be our experience today!

Lynn Carpenter
Missionary Nurse  (retired)