Today, the nation, the Christian community, and the little town of Sutherland Springs, TX, in particular, are mourning the senseless carnage of another mass shooting. This morning, while the carnage was going on in Texas, I was preaching on a text (Matthew 10:24-42) that predicted that such things would be the part of the Christian experience.
Jesus warned us of these days would come.
He told us that there would be those who would seek to do harm to those who followed Him. And He told us how to behave in the world when it did. And He taught both of these things because as followers of a crucified Lord . . .
we aren’t immune from the kind of treatment in this world that was inflicted on Him.
24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. (Matthew 10:24-25)
He told us what He desires of us. If we are His followers.
- Be Fearless (vss. 24-28, 31)
- Know You are Highly Valued (vss. 29-31)
- Confess Him before Men (vss. 32-36)
- Love Him above All (vss. 37-39)
- Love One Another (vss. 40-42)
So where will the people of God be next Sunday after a domestic terrorist murdered almost an entire congregation as they worshiped on Sunday morning?
All over the country, we will reassemble in our church families to worship the King of Kings who told us that even when these things happen, . . .
He is worthy of our Love and trust.
Between, now and then, let’s go out and bless our neighbors. Serve them. Love them. Pray for them and give them a picture of what it looks like to live fearlessly because you know you are valued by the King of Kings.