Have you ever heard a voice on the radio and formed a picture in you mind imagining the person speaking only to find out they don't look at all what you imagined. Expectations have the same effect in us. They are like painters working on an image inside of us but would be far from the reality. If we stay attached to the image in our mind rather than reality, we run the risk of being offended. Jesus was, for the religious elites, an offense simply because the expectation they had painted inside was not even close to the revelation of the Image of God found in Jesus. Matt Peterson does a fantastic job at helping us navigate through our expectations without being offended. Enjoy!!!
When it comes to courage, once again the women in the Gospel are the highlight. At the end of His life, Jesus finds Himself deserted by the male disciples who for fear of being caught walked away from Jesus. Even after His body is laid to the tomb, none of the disciples dared to venture out. But Mary Magdalene isn't afraid of the consequence, and rushed to the tomb to prepare Jesus for a proper burial. It is there that she meets the Lord in a whole new way. In this episode of "Encounters" Melissa brings us a word about the need for grit in our lives and courage to face our greatest fear.
While Jesus was on a ministry trip far away from Bethany, He received a distressed message informing Him to come back because His friend whom He loved was dying. Instead of hurrying back to His friends' house, Jesus stayed two more days where He was instead of going where He was needed, to help the people He supposedly loved. This passage has always stumped mean people. Was Jesus callous about the plight of His friends? In this episode of Encounters, Martial Ferigo tackles what is really going on in this story, and the answer might surprise you.
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