In 70 AD, General Titus (destined to become Caesar) brought the Roman Legions to Jerusalem to quell a rebellion that had begun a few years earlier. He virtually destroyed Jerusalem and burned the temple (never to be rebuilt to this day). This monumental event signaled the effective end of the animal sacrifice system that had been in place since the time of Abraham and codified in the time of Moses. No longer would there be a ritual atonement offered by the high priest in the temple for the sins of the people.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.