The theme of greatness is one that weaves its way through Scripture. And in all of it, there is a struggle between who will be called the greatest. It is a struggle that we revisit this Sunday. What is amazing to me is that they could even think of having this argument with Jesus in the room.
This week we will look at the greatness of Jesus but more importantly, we'll consider how His greatness challenges us to look at things differently.
Just before the Christmas season last year, we began a trek through the last week of Jesus' life here on earth. This week, we pick that journey back up with a look at the last hours before the Crucifixion as we look forward to our own celebration of the Cross and the Resurrection. As you read the words from Luke, it's hard not to wonder where the Father was in all of this or if He was truly in charge. However, it is my hope over the next 10 sermons, we'll see not only a picture of a loving God but one of a God who is completely in control.
Join us this Sunday as we begin our last few messages in Luke's Gospel by considering "The Last Supper".
We are asked a lot of questions every day of our life. And, if we are honest, most of them don't have much significance. Whether or not we want cream in our coffee or fries with our burger won't matter in 100 years. But the past several weeks we have looked at several questions that God has asked us. And how we answer Him is of paramount importance.
As we wrap up our time in Malachi, we know that God has asked us to answer a lot of questions. But in all of this, our response is what is crucially important. This week, we look at one last question we need to answer "What has God heard from you?" - it is the most important question we can deal with.
I remember many years ago sitting in a Sunday School class and the normal teacher was sick. The group of adults looked around and said, "Does anyone have anything that God has laid on their hearts from their quiet time?" I stood up and said absolutely. I told everyone to open their Bibles to Malachi 3 and challenged them, as God had me, to see if they were stealing from God. They never asked me to teach Sunday School again!
It's a hard question, to be sure. And it's the question that we will wrestle with this week as we seek to answer "How have I robbed God?"