again that His people will be met with resistance andpersecution because He was met with resistance andpersecution. This Sunday we look into some of theBible verses that describe how our suffering and Jesus’ suffering fit together.
Reflecting on the Readings:
– Injustice isn’t easy – Isaiahdescribes how God Himself bemoans theinjustice that his people inflict on one another.Where and when have you expected justice butfound bloodshed?
– Restoration isn’t easy – ThePsalmist Asaph cries out to God for therestoration of His people, echoing the words of Isaiah from the OT reading. What do you feel isdifficult about being restored to God and yourneighbor?
– Righteousness isn’t easy- The church at Philippi hears that even Paulhas not even attained full righteousness butcontinues to strive. Do you feel that you haveobtained all the righteousness you shouldhave?
– Following God isn’t easy– Jesus tells a parable about how God’s peoplehave routinely been killed and persecuted forfollowing His will and working in His vineyard.Are you put off when God calls you tosomething difficult?
Law and Gospel:
: Righteousness, the perfect actions andthoughts we are called to by God, is so difficultfor us that it is impossible. To add to this, thesinful world will attack us when we do live outthat righteousness. We need a Savior who willtake the attacks and live the life we couldn’t.