When you read about Jesus in scripture do you find any running theme in all four gospels? Although written to different groups and from different perspectives we learn Jesus was concerned with only one things really. That was to do the will of the Father. In fact, this desire to be obedient to the Father is impressive to say the least. From His first quoted words in the Temple where he said; Luke 2:49, “Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affairs?” to the words we are journeying to this Lenten season that says: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” Luke 23: 46.
My own father said to me after I had my first child that your children will learn more seeing what you do than what you say. No truer statement can be said. Jesus In the early parts of Johns gospel 5: 19 says “The Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees the Father doing” It is through strict obedience that God's will is the will of Jesus. If we had to say one word about Jesus I think a case could be made for the word, obedient. The center of his life is this obedient relationship with the Father.
In our world obedience has a negative connotation in many ways. But none of this negativity applies to Jesus' obedience or our call to obedience. His obedience; a total, fearless listening to his loving Father.Making a choice above all the noise of this world to what He sees the Father doing.
As we begin our journey in Lent may we ask ourselves are we being obedient to the Father's will. Are we spending time with Him in prayer, worship and fellowship. If not, let us start. I pray I will see you this morning as we come to the Table of grace in our worship
Amazing God, I too see how my following your Word brings me peace and a joy that can be found no where else. I pray that I may grow closer through my relationship with the Holy Spirit, fellowship here at EOCC and in my daily walk. Father may your will be done in my life. I pray all this in the name of Jesus, Amen.
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Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006