The Redeemed Life

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24 July

A Glimpse Into Our Savior’s Heart – Luke 13:31-35

Luke 13:31-35 – Listen

31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. 33 Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35 Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

Redeemed Mind – Learn

This passage focuses on Jesus’ path to the cross.  Some Pharisees attempt to warn Him about Herod’s plot to take His life, but Jesus continues on, knowing that His purpose is not to die a senseless death at the hands of Herod, but instead to give His life as sacrifice to restore rebellious sinners to God.  Jesus foretells that His ministry work will continue until “the third day,”  referencing His resurrection from the dead on Easter Sunday.  As the God-man, Jesus mourns about the consistent hard-hearted “religious” people in Jerusalem who failed to live up to God’s standard and takes on a motherly tone and speaks of a mother hen’s desire to pull her children together to comfort and protect them.

Redeemed Heart – Worship

Jesus cared deeply for people who rejected Him.  In the face of hatred, misunderstanding, and ignorance, Jesus speaks words of love and patience.  This passage reveals a glimpse into the heart of our Savior.  He is heart-broken over the countless times His people had rejected Him.  Yet amazingly, He continues to offer His love and grace to the very people who had made themselves enemies against Him.

Reading this today, I am reminded that Jesus love for His people has not changed.  He still shows love and concern for those who hate Him.  His deepest desire is to bless those who curse Him.  To love those who hate Him.  And to make friends out of those who were once enemies.  When we think of God’s love, no words will ever be able to describe the scandalous affect that He showers on His unworthy people.

When was the last time you realized that His love for you doesn’t change, even in the face of sin, hatred and rebellion?

When was the last time you thanked Him for that undeserved love?

Will you take a moment now to worship Him in your heart?

Redeemed Life – Grow

Jerusalem was the religious epicenter of the Jewish world during Jesus’ day.  It was the recognized place of worship where all the Jewish elite gathered to practice their religious rituals.  To every observing eye, it seemed like the place where serious religion happened.

But Jesus saw right through that.  He saw their hearts.

While the people looked religious on the outside, their hearts were centered around themselves.  While they said all the “right” prayers with their mouths, their real desires played out in their sinful lives.  While they acted holy on the outside, their interior lives were putrid and filthy.

This Scripture passage functions as a mirror into our own lives.  It points the finger at us and asks, “Do you identify with the people of Jerusalem?”  Do you think you’re saved because you call yourself a Christian or do “Christian things” every once in a while?  Do you put up a religious mask around certain people to make it seem like you have it all together?

God sees past the our exterior facade and looks at the most important part of who we are: our heart.  He desires you to live in obedience and love 24/7, not just on Sunday mornings.

What does this passage reveal about your heart?

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