Summary: Pentecost 9(C) - Come, sit at Jesus’ feet leaving behind all worldly distractions and looking forward to divine attraction.
COME, SIT AT JESUS’ FEET
August 6, 2006 - PENTECOST 9 - Luke 10:38-42
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In our Savior’s Name, Greetings, Blessings:
Sit back and take a deep breath. Take this precious time to relax this morning. I wanted to come a little earlier to church this morning. Being delayed I am now rushing around. That is not a way to come into God’s house. Sometimes that does happen to us. Rather than rush around needlessly we need to sit back and relax and enjoy God’s message. We also want to pay attention, keep awake and alert for what God has to say to us. What he wants to say to us is to sit back and relax. In our Gospel Lesson Jesus takes his disciples away to a quiet place. Today, we are in that quiet place, in God’s house. It should be a place where we can let everything in the world behind us. Close the doors and here it is cool and comfortable. God speaks to us. He invites us to come to him. God invites us to come to him that we might hear his word and give rest to our weary souls. We know what Jesus says when the disciples were worried and distraught and wondered what was going to happen next and what they would do. Jesus said to them: "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:33,34). We would all agree that this is true. Easy to hear and understand, but maybe a little bit harder to put into practice because we are caught up in this hectic life of ours. Today, Jesus invites us once again, "Come sit at my feet."
Our theme today – COME, SIT AT JESUS’ FEET
I. Leave behind worldly distractions
II. Look forward to divine attraction
I. LEAVE BEHIND WORLDLY DISTRATION
The setting for our text--Jesus and his disciples traveled around as they worked carrying the Gospel from one city to another. We are told: "As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him." We know about Martha, Mary and their brother Lazarus. They lived in a little town called Bethany, two miles southeast of Jerusalem. It was a good place to stop. If you were going to Jerusalem, you would want to have the next morning’s walk to be short. Two miles is not too bad of a walk in the time of Jesus. On the way to Jerusalem they would go generally on the road that would take them to the Mount of Olives to overlook Jerusalem. This was a beautiful, refreshing walk.
Jesus and the disciples stop at the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Martha welcomes them in. We see what happens next. She has them there, and she realizes she has to get things ready. We are told in verse 40: "But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made." She has guests in her house, and not just guests, but Jesus and also his disciples. This was quite a group of people. Martha did not go to the freezer of fridge to look for leftovers. Everything that they had, day by day was made fresh. It had to be cooked over a fire with no temperature settings. There were no microwaves. Even the water had to be brought into the house from a well at a distance. Everything had to be made from scratch. Martha was quickly distracted by all these preparations.