HERE’S WHERE WE’RE
Sunday, February 12
At 8:30 AM and 11 AM
“You Are Your Brother's
Matthew 5 : 21 - 37
I don't want to preach from these words. Really. Why? Because these words of Jesus meddle and challenge and convict. It doesn't go well for those whom God calls to preach when the preaching disturbs the comfortable.
“You have heard that it was said,” Jesus begins, and then Jesus has to double down: “But I say to you...” Soon, Jesus isn't speaking about murder, but destructive anger. For Jesus, adultery is just the tip of the iceberg, for the iceberg is about lust. He doesn't want us to swear oaths falsely; he doesn't even want us to swear at all!
After Cain murders his brother Abel in Genesis 4, God demands: “Where is Abel?” Cain lies: “I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?” If Cain was his brother's keeper, there would have been no murder, no anger, no jealousy over the way that God favored Abel.
So is Jesus being unreasonable, a killjoy in his expectations for us, his followers? Or does he warn us about murderous anger and lust and swearing, because the way that you and I treat any sister or brother matters? If your family matters, if your friends matter, if your neighbor matters, then come get Jesus' roadmap on how to be in relationship with them. The roadmap will be here this Sunday, and it leads to grace and love and life!