Why have you underlined those three words? Because the Gospel of Luke has a trajectory. Like every story, it has a plot. It is a narrative heading somewhere. And there are little hints in this text taking us there.
In Verse 1, what word did I ask you to remember?
In Verse 2-6, what word did I ask you to remember?
In verse 6-9, what phrase did I ask you to remember?
- One more year.
This passage, then, is a catalyst for repentance and as well as long term motivation.
When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.Jesus has therefore sat on that stool with you and for you.
That kind of love; that kind of suffering; that kind of God-immersed-the-real-world-of-Sin-and-Pain; may well be the motivation that you and I need to turn to him.
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