July 2, 2017


Passage: Jeremiah 28:5-9,Romans 7:1-13,Matthew 10:34-43

Jesus came to bring a sword rather than bring peace? These are challenging words to hear. But we also know that Jesus experienced the terror of the cross so that we might have salvation. Through the waters of Baptism we receive the temporal and eternal benefits of His death, burial, and resurrection. As Paul proclaims, “We are dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus!” A great reward we did nothing to receive. How might we respond?