Saturday, September 9, 2017

Be patient, beloved

Morning: Psalm 30, 32; I Kings 12:1-20; James 5:7-12, 19-20
Evening: Psalm 42, 43; Mark 15:33-39

Early Christians reached two conclusions about Jesus. A centurion gave voice to the first – “Truly this man was God’s son.”  Secondly, they came to believe that Jesus would return soon to bring the promised Kingdom into being.  The debate continues about what both conclusions mean. Jesus has not yet returned, although many believe his Spirit is with us.  This is the context of James’ exhortation, “Be patient, therefore, beloved.” Patient endurance, kindness and hospitality are good ways to live in the time between where we find ourselves now and what we hope for, whatever that may be.

Graham

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