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Paul establishes his credentials to both the Jews and the Romans, but he subordinates them to the person of Jesus. His defense rests on the authority and identity of Christ and his mission.
At this turning point in Paul's life, he is arrested unjustly for a life of faithful ministry. And in spite of these circumstances, and in spite of any opposition we might endure in our lives as we serve, we are called to look to the Lord.
The disciples in Ephesus, though committed, lacked the Holy Spirit, and it is through the Holy Spirit that we have access to and fellowship with Christ.
The three years preceding Jesus' death may have seemed, in many ways, a waste to the disciples. And to those who don't believe, Jesus' life, death, and resurrection are nothing more than an idle tale. But this Easter, we are called to marvel in the life-changing, resurrection power of Christ.
The people praising Jesus on Palm Sunday saw Him as a political figure, a conquering King. However, Luke paints a picture of a cross-bound Jesus, and we're pointed forward to the worship in Revelation 7 where all peoples will worship the crucified and risen King.
As disciples, we're called to follow the master and create more disciples to grow a Gospel community. It is our privilege and responsibility to serve the body.
The parable of the prodigal son is neither a story about the prodigal nor his older brother. Rather, we see a parable of God's unconditional love through Christ for both of his sons, regardless of their righteous actions or their sins.