On the road with Jesus

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26 June, 2022Pastor Andrew Brook

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We love to tell travel tales. There’s something about the idea of journey that touches us deeply. Perhaps it is the experience of putting ourselves to the test. It might be a sense of adventure. Journey is also a well-used metaphor for life itself. Today we hear about the journey Jesus is on. It will culminate on the cross in Jerusalem. Jesus walks this road alone, but through his perseverance and sacrifice, he changes the direction of our life journey. He walks alongside of us as our Saviour and Guide. His resurrection has filled us with new life and hope, and we now bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit as we share Jesus’ life and hope with others on the road of life.

 

Luke 9:51-62 - 51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, ‘Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them[a]?’ 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 Then he and his disciples went to another village. 57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ 58 Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ 59 He said to another man, ‘Follow me.’ But he replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ 60 Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ 61 Still another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.’ 62 Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’

Galatians 5:22,23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

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