Pastor Fred Choy
Today is the second Sunday in Lent. It is a time when many Christians participate in “fasting.” Traditionally, fasting involves not eating food for a certain period of time so that people would be reminded of their weakness and dependence upon God. But these days people will fast from other things; like watching TV, coffee, or the internet. I’ve even heard some people say that they are fasting from chocolate. Whatever you’re fasting form, it’s good to practice some spiritual discipline. In the midst of Lent and fasting, I want to share a passage with you from Isaiah 58:3-9. Spend a little time reading and thinking about it. It’s quite a challenge.
As Jesus was going toward Jerusalem and the cross, he taught and healed many people. In his teaching, Jesus quite often offended the rich and the powerful. Whether it’s to get Jesus and his offensive comments out of their community or in sincerity, the religiously powerful Pharisees tell Jesus to get out of town because Herod is trying to kill him. In response, Jesus says, “I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work.” What does all this mean?
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