Sounding Out the Word (7)

1.  After the opening announcements the week before last Sunday, our Patch the Pirate Club began our morning worship with the song, “Humble Yourself Before the Lord.” 

Patch the Pirate Club

Patch the Pirate Club


Listening to these little ones, I thought of Matthew 18:1-4: 

At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

2.  It was a peculiar setup on this Sunday morning.  It is not normally this way.  We retained the setup from the Friday/Saturday ladies’ conference; a hundred ladies had gathered to hear Faye teach them from the book of Jonah.




The tables were the perfect objects in the auditorium for assisting us in thinking about the thirteen gathered around a table the last night of Jesus’ life on this earth.  One of them was the betrayer whom Jesus sovereignly dismissed.


John 13:18-30 reveals the humanity of Jesus.  This Man knew perfectly the utter depths of emotion, being “troubled in spirit”.  For the third time now, we see this in John’s Gospel.


And secondly, John 13:18-30 declares Jesus as the all-knowing Prophet.  He is the heart-knower of all.  And he knows whether you are real or whether you just wear the religious mask.


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