February 27, 2022: Pastor Prep Notes
Feb 27 Tough Times and Testing. You Are not alone.
Gospel Story: Luke 8:4-15 The Seed Sown THE WORD that remains.
Read: Hebrews 2:14-18
14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had[g] the power of death. 15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.
16 We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters,[h] so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. 18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.
Over the years I have treasured this scripture, "Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.” Hebrews 2:18.
I don’t know about you, but it gives me a lot of comfort knowing that Jesus understands. He truly understands what it’s like to be human. Get’s all the interpersonal things. Has been tempted and tested in every way…. and yet … (Heb 4:15).
I thought about using the temptation story of Jesus’. It’s a clear “tested”. But then I thought of the list of things in the parable of the Seed that gets sown. The seed either grows or dies. And that Seed is faith in Jesus. Satan’ wants to steal it. Life brings with it daily occurrences that have the potential to erode our trust in the goodness of God. And then cares, riches and pleasures that essentially have the power to “stunt” our growth. Finally, Jesus shares there are those who “cling” to their faith, and patiently produce a huge harvest!
Hebrews 2:18 has always been a reminder that Jesus did it! He faced all the trials, tribulations, testing and temptations that we might experience. He remained faithful. Clung to the call of God on his life. The fruit of which was an incredible harvest. One that is still in the making. And one that I am connected. What Jesus accomplished he did it for me. He did it for you!
Tough times and testing come. Pay attention to the parable. But even more than that, rejoice, because with you all the way is one who has lived your life, died your death and kept the faith.
Let him help and let’s look forward to the harvest that His seed in us will produce.