QT – Matthew 22

Vs. 37, “Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” How can I not share this passage from our chapter today? This summaizes all that we are created to be! Earlier in this chapter we see the parable of the Wedding banquet and are reminded that the Gospel is for everyone, not just a select few. But some could come to arrive only to find out the road to salvaton was not based on how often the world views the criteria to heaven. Just live a good life, don’t be too bad of a person and as long as you believe in something it will lead to heaven, nirvana, afterlife, etc. We also see the Pharisee’s come to challenge Jesus again as they try to trap hiim saying the wrong answers (vs. 15-46). It’s important to note that normally the Pharisees and the Herodians (those who supported Herod) came together for that one goal to eventually kill Jesus.

Regarding application…Love Others. Vs. 39, “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” We were reminded of the two greatest commandments in our passage today. I think deep within ourselves as Christians we acknowledge the reality of God loving us and the need for us to love Him. But as we look to our appliction today…loving others is pretty tough at times. There are times throughout the day that I have to pray to the Lord to help me look upon a certian customer at the bank from His eyes and not mine. Sure, it’s easy to love those who love us (Matt. 7:11). It’s easy to love those who are like us. But that does not give us an exemption to not step out of our comfort zones and reach out to others. I’m really praying for the CTC Epic Youth to break down the walls and truly love each other as God intended. Whether you are here with me now are in your own churches, make an effort to extend your love a bit further this weekend as we follow Jesus’ command to love our neighbors!