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Luke 21:34-22:6, Jesus Speaks—People Listen . . . But Do They Hear?

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Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called. And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple.
— Luke 21:38-39

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, March 13, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Considering Jesus’ popularity during the time he walked and taught on earth, don’t you find it strange that they killed him? I, for one, would have a hard time getting up early in the morning to go and listen to anyone! But the people—his kin—made the effort to listen what this new, radical preacher had to say. Since he taught with such authority and simply (through stories, parables), one wonders how everything went sideways the week prior to his execution on a cross.

But maybe it’s no different than anyone who speaks the truth and who wants to upset the apple cart. The apple cart is nice because it supplies us with fresh, juicy apples. We even let it go knowing that the apple vendor charges a bit too much. But once someone comes and turns the cart over, we wonder how we’ll feed our families.

Jesus didn’t simply give us niceties to post on a calendar as encouragement and wisdom. Jesus was a radical who wanted God’s reign here on earth.

And more often than not, that takes someone who upsets everything. Do we listen, but do not hear the real message God is giving us today? Perhaps there are carts that need overturning today.

Will you be willing to change so much in your life that it’s not just inconvenient for you, but wholly life-changing for the sake of justice?

 

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