Scriptures for the week of November 1: Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 24, Revelation 21:1-6a, John 11:32-44
Hospitality is the twin sister of reconciliation. In order for there to be reconciliation there has to be acceptance of the other person. God’s people have had a rough time, and they are asking questions of where God is. When are things going to get better? The words of scripture say that God is offering a place of hospitality for us. A place to come and be healed. A place to come and to know that God loves us and cares for us. Jerusalem is actually that place to come to know the presence of God.
How many times in our lives do we come face to face with death? There are times when we are depressed, or involved in a very bad habit, or not on the right track about life, when we are spiritually dead. And we like Mary complain that if Jesus had been present our spirit would not have died. The story of Lazarus has a distinct purpose for John. This is the last of the miracle stories, and the ultimate demonstration of healing. John wants us to understand that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. That we can depend on Jesus for anything – even new life in the face of death.
Questions Where are the places that you go to find hospitality and love? Is Cornerstone church a place where others can come to find the love of God? How or How not? Is there a time in your life when you felt that you were dying? What was it that brought you back to life? How do we know Jesus is bringing healing to our lives?