An un-asked question...a bold statement...and the path to LIFE.

“Do this and you will live” said Jesus.

Wow– that’s a statement!  Surprisingly enough, this statement came from Jesus as a response to an un-asked (but altogether necessary) question.  Let’s listen in on Luke 10:25-28 — as Jesus talks about the greatest “commandment.”

One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”“Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

You see, a religious man asked Jesus about the way to eternal life.  This particular man seemed to be concerned about what would happen to him after he died.  Jesus, quite masterfully seizing the opportunity, redirected the conversation to what LIFE was really all about…real, abundant, eternal, meaningful life!  He did this as he referenced the “Law of Moses” or commandments.  Seems strange, doesn’t it?

So often we find ourselves asking the wrong questions,  looking to the wrong sources, and travelling on the wrong roads to find the way to life.

In the passage above, life begins with a reference to the first commandment.

      “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me." (Exodus 20:2-3)

There is so much packed into this tiny statement!  Maybe, this is where LIFE begins...

You will not want to miss this weekend at McLane Church Erie...because we're talking about how to truly LIVE.

Invite a friend to join you...come ready to be challenged...and I’ll see you Sunday!

Paul