Thursday, March 21, 2013
Morning Psalms: 131, 132, 133 | Evening Psalms: 140, 142
Jeremiah 26:1-16 | Romans 11:1-12 | John 10:19-42
No one likes to be the bearer of bad news. Who wants to be responsible for telling someone something that they don’t want to hear. More than that, who wants to face the brunt of someone’s anger when they don’t like the news that they receive from your mouth.
This is exactly the situation in which Jeremiah finds himself today. The Lord tells Jeremiah to speak this word to all the cities of Judah:
“‘Thus says the Lord: If you will not listen to me, to walk in my law that I have set before you, and to listen to the words of my servants the prophets whom I send to you urgently, though you have not listened, then I will make this house like Shiloh, and I will make this city a curse for all the nations of the earth.’” (Jer 26:4-6)
This is a word that I would be nervous to deliver. In fact, as Jeremiah speaks it, the priests and the prophets proclaim, “This man [Jeremiah] deserves the sentence of death, because he has prophesied against this city...” (Jer 26:11). Undaunted, Jeremiah reminds them that this word is not his but the Lord’s. He was determined to deliver this message from God, even if it meant his own death.
Jeremiah’s determination is the same determination that each of us should have in proclaiming the Gospel. Remember, the Gospel is offensive. There can be no “good news” of salvation without the “bad news” of coming face to face with our own sinfulness. No one wants to be called a sinner, but that is exactly what all of us are, and the only way out of our condemnation is through the one who bore that condemnation for us, Jesus Christ.
We live in a world that is full of sin, a world that faces judgment, just like the cities of Judah. Every person on the planet has a choice to make, they can either repent and turn to the Lord, or they can deny the offense of their sin and remain condemned. Regardless of which option they choose, we must be diligent to call people to this repentance. May God give each of us the strength and the resolution of Jeremiah to proclaim His message of salvation to the world, whatever the cost.
Lord, help me to share your Gospel with the people in my life. Give me the words to say, and give them the ears to hear, that they might turn to you and be saved. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
The Rev. Christopher M. Klukas (DMin Student)
Church Planter, St. Joseph’s Anglican Church
Director of Communications, Trinity School for Ministry
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