Has the Baby Grown up Yet?

On earth peace, good will toward men

Luke 2:6-35 — Baby Jesus has grown up, OK?!

Imagine celebrating your birthday the way Christmas is celebrated. We would hang up pictures of you in your crib — to show we know who this is all about, you know. Generally, though, we would disregard you in favor of other festive and seasonal activities. If anyone would get around to remembering you, it would be to reminisce about your birth and baby days. We would give each other gifts we think we would enjoy…and maybe give you a baby rattle. You would probably say “bah humbug” on birthdays, at least yours.

In the US, the birthdays of certain Presidents rate a national holiday of sorts. That is appropriate for any country to do. But how inspirational would it be for the citizenry to remember these men only as newborn infants?

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To Whom Much Is Forgiven

Master, say on (Luke 7:40)

Luke 7:36-50 — to whom much is forgiven

“And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat” (Luke 7:36). Did this man need to be forgiven?)

  • Jesus knew what would happen in that house. He had two messages to deliver to two individuals at opposite ends of the societal totem pole…and at opposite ends of the spiritual spectrum. Each person got to hear both messages. Notice how this compares with Jesus’ parable in Luke 18:9-14.

“And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment” (Luke 7:37).

  • She was a sinner with many sins.
  • Apparently they were sins of immorality, though we aren’t told that explicitly.
  • Apparently she was accustomed to men holding her in contempt, and using her for their gratification.

“And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment” (Luke 7:38). Read it all

Out of the Treasure of the Heart, Fruit

Luke 6:37-49 Good fruit from the heart treasure!

“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” (Luke 6:37).

  • Plant for the harvest you want.
  • We offer to others from the treasure of our hearts.

“And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?” (Luke 6:39).

  • As a blind person cannot safely lead another blind person, so those with evil treasure in their hearts cannot seek out the best for others (forgiving and giving).
  • Is that a true statement? What about the noble unbeliever?

“The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.” (Luke 6:40).

  • This is the key to having good treasure in our hearts.

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Above all, love God!