Friday, January 25, 2013
Posted by Kevin Creutz at 8:30 AM
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Mark 1:17 - And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men."
Immediately after Jesus said, "Follow me," to Simon and Andrew, they left their nets and followed him. We often talk about the great faith that Simon and Andrew had to drop everything and follow Jesus. It is true that it took great faith for them to do that, and we hope that the Holy Spirit works through the Word and Sacraments to bring us to faithful discipleship as well. It also demonstrates to us what kind of man Jesus was. Immediately before this event in Mark, the writer tells us about the Baptism of Jesus, His temptation in the desert, and Jesus proclaiming that his ministry is beginning. This is the Son of God, the long-awaited Messiah who had been promised for generations. He would begin to heal the sick, perform miracles, tell parables, and preach throughout the towns. He is God, yet he humbled himself and came down to earth as a little baby. He came to defeat death and sin, yet he would do it as he was humiliated on a cross. Thank God for the faith demonstrated by Simon and Peter, and may we also be given that same faith. More importantly though, thank God for the love shown to us by sending Jesus to be our Lord and Savior.
Image: Two Saints Fishing, Niall McAuley, uploaded via flickr July 5, 2007, Creative Commons License
Posted by Kevin Creutz at 12:28 PM
Friday, January 11, 2013
One of the many blessings that we have been given by our Heavenly Father is relationships. For example, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, grandparents, and many others make up the families that nurture and love us throughout our lives. We have relationships with friends that we enjoy each day. Some friends we have known for decades, others we have just met. Our teachers work very hard to develop relationships with their students. Day in and day out they challenge, welcome, care for, discipline, and love the children of our school. Relationships are everywhere. Ephesians 1:3 speaks of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a clear reference to the relationship within the Trinity. Just as God is our Father in heaven, he also is the Father of our Savior. The Father in Heaven, whom Jesus loved and prayed to, is the same Father who loves us dearly. It's a relationship that is held strongly together by the love he showed in sending his only Son to die for us.
Image: DSC_3174, Daryl Imanishi1, uploaded via flickr May 12, 2012, Creative Commons License
Posted by Kevin Creutz at 8:00 AM