Turn the Other Cheek

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This past week we looked at Jesus telling us to let our “Yes” be yes and our “No” be no. We talked about being people of our word and being promise keepers. We looked at how Christ was the all-time promise keeper in terms of what He said, He did. We can take God’s word at face value and know that what He promises comes true. Christ said He would go to the cross and come back 3 days later. He did. Christ said He would make a way for you and I to be saved. He did. Christ said He would distribute his Holy Spirit into the church. He did. His promises come true. He never will leave or forsake you. Here’s one of those great promises we have from His word: 

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8: 38-39 

This Sunday we look at Christ saying, “But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.” Human nature demands an action for an action. It’s completely counter culture and counter intuitive to go in the other direction. It’s in the nature of Christ’s action as He went to the cross. As they spat upon Him, He did not retaliate. As they mocked Him, He was like a lamb to the slaughter. Christ laid down His divine rights and took on the form of a servant of humanity. He exemplified the best humans we can be. He lays out those attributes as He tells us the “I say” elements of His teaching.  

 We had one of our biggest attendances this past Sunday. It was great to see a packed house. Let’s continue reaching our community and intentionally connecting people to Jesus. It was great to see Megan Gillespie baptized into Christ during our 10:15 service. It was also great to dedicate 11 babies to the Lord this past Sunday. What a joy it is to serve a growing, thriving congregation! 

 I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. I look forward to Christ’s challenge unfolding in our lives. I look forward to each Sunday that we get to throw our hearts into encountering Jesus Christ. See you Sunday.

 

-Scott