Dear Friends in Christ,

 

It is a crisp Autumn day. I love these days. I was reading some devotional

material this morning and I was struck by how BRAVE Jesus was and can be when

we allow Jesus to live in us.

 

I could sight many examples. First Jesus sought with all his heart to include

people and invite them in. He drew the circle wider and wider. Lepers, so

excluded in Jesus’ day: they were not to enter the towns or the cities. In

including them Jesus went to the length of embracing them and touching them.

They were excluded, in part, because people were afraid of contagion, but we

exclude people for all sorts of reasons like hatred and fear and prejudice. Jesus

was BRAVE.

 

Jesus was not afraid to correct the behavior of people when it needed to be

corrected. Remember the mob chasing the woman caught in the act of adultery.

Remember the violence. Jesus stood face to face with that mob. Violence is

never the answer.

 

Jesus was BRAVE.

 

Jesus said so many wise things. “Judge not unless you want to be

judged.” (Matthew 7) ” And then there’s this one “If a man wants your coat, let

him have it and your overcoat as well.” (Matthew 5) And this one, “It is not

what goes into a man that makes him common or unclean. It is what comes out of

a man’s mouth that makes him unclean.” (Luke 15)

 

Jesus worked so hard at keeping us: his beloved, on the right path. He was so

brave.

 

As we go through the beautiful season of Fall and into the wonderful days of

Thanksgiving and Light let us turn to Jesus who worked so hard at transforming

us into people of character and compassion.

Enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.

 

In the love of Jesus,

Pastor Tom