Part 1: This is God’s Story
One day someone asked Jesus: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25)
That’s a very important question. In some ways that is the question that brings a lot of to worship each week. It literally is a question of death and life.
So what must we do to inherit eternal life? Jesus asks this person to remember what it says in the Bible (Luke 10:26), and he asks him to remember the story of ...
... well actually, he asked him to recall God's story.
That is it ... love and trust God above all things. It’s not really a doing like we might follow a “to-do” list. It’s not really doing in the sense of accomplishing anything or getting something done at the end of the day. What must be done to inherit eternal life, Jesus says, is to trust, to believe and to love because all that needs to be done has been done for us in Jesus Christ. All that’s left is faith and love. Or, rather faith active in love.
You see, like the man in the story the answer to your question has been standing right in front of you all along ... it’s Jesus; the answer to your questions have been hidden in plain sight in the faith we confess, the liturgy we use to worship and the inspired Word of God we read, mark learn and inwardly digest in scripture. Do, this ... in faith and love ... Jesus says and you will live.
And that should be the end of it ...
Unfortunately, we’re not very good at receiving good news and our answer to the Gospel is “Yeah, but ...” when it should be “Thank you.” But we’ll talk about that next week. When we consider the question ...
Who is my neighbor?
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