Sunday, 9th Week after Pentecost

Text: Mark 1:21-27

Prayer Pointers:

For those who need to be set free

For the eyes to recognize Jesus at work

For those who teach in our churches

WE MUST NOT LOSE SIGHT of the fact that Jesus comes to us as both Redeemer and as Teacher: he is the one who sets us free, and he is the one who teaches us how to live in Godly freedom. Notice that when Jesus releases us from what holds us captive, we do not become “free agents,” so to speak; no, we now belong to him, and he belongs to us! We stay close to him as our Lord, and he covers us with his authority, his Godly cleanness, his holy power.

Life with Jesus is both freedom and obedience. As Martin Luther famously wrote:

A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none.

A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, subject to all.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


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