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I preparing for my School lesson this last week (click here for audio) I began to realize why it is so many people find Jesus so offensive, especially those who thing they are righteous enough for heaven. I taught on the parable of the Two Sons in Matthew 21 and the Lost (Prodigal) Son in Luke 15. As I studied the first parable regarding Christ’s authority I began to realize that everything Christ did on earth (teaching, preaching, healing, casting out demons) was meant to point to the fact that He had authority to forgive sins. Then as I continued to study Luke 15, I realize that was exactly the problem that the Pharisees had. They were angered at the fact that Jesus determined when a person was to be forgiven and not them. Just as the older son in the story of the prodigal son was angered at the father forgiving the younger son. In short, they were angry, because Jesus had mercy on whom He had mercy and compassion on whom he had compassion. They were mad, because as God, Jesus was the sovereign dispenser of mercy, grace, and compassion.

This last Sunday I had an opportunity to teach the Adult Sunday School at Omaha Bible Church.  We have currently been going through a series on the parables of Jesus. I was privileged to be able to teach the parables dealing with Christ’s imminent return, including the Rich Fool, the Watchful Servant, and the Faithful & Evil Servants in Luke 12. It was a great opportunity to remind myself and others to live in light of eternity. As Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” If you desire to be wise, you must begin by numbering your days. You must begin by recognizing that you will one day have to give an account for your life to your maker, Jesus Christ. So let each of us remember to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. (For the audio of the lesson, click here.)