"Without shedding of blood is no remission." - Hebrews 9:22
"Let justice run down like waters," quoted Dr. King from Amos 5:24 in his August 1963 speech, "and righteousness like a mighty stream." Never forget it was Christianity that impelled the civil rights revolution.
Is my salt savory or spoiled? Is my light bright or dim? Will my conduct today delight Jesus or dismay him?
When Jesus said the meek will inherit the earth, he didn't say when or how. It's not yet evident in politics, sports, or even religion. Mysteries abound.
"Straightway they left their nets and followed him." - Matthew 4:20
"The people who sat in darkness saw great light." - Matthew 4:16, quoting Isaiah 9:2
"Let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven, and let us make us a name." - Genesis 11:4
How embarrassing if I showed up for school still nursing on a baby bottle.
"Make not my Father's house an house of merchandise." - John 2:16
"And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark." - Genesis 7:17
When the Magi saw the young child with his mother, they fell down and worshiped him, and opened their treasures to him. Can I do less?
"And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." - Genesis 5:24
"Master, where dwellest thou?" - Andrew to Jesus, John 1:38
"You shall be as gods." - Genesis 3:5
"I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord." - John the Baptist quoting Isaiah, John 1:23
"As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God." - John 1:12
"Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." - Jesus in Matthew 25:40
"The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." - Revelation 22:2
My 2016 old year's resolution is to make a few 2017 new year's resolutions that at least survive January. (Check back with me on February 1.)
"The angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them." - Isaiah 63:9