This is already proving to be a whole lot of fun.
Thank you all for the great contributions to this very first exchange of ideas in the Read the Red series.
(You can refresh your memory on Read the Red (No.1) by clicking: RTR-1)
I have to divulge that my FCA group had a bit of an issue focusing in on the true target of this exercise. Many of their responses resonated with the regurgitating sound of the book reports to which they had all become accustomed:
“Joseph and Mary took their son Jesus to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Jesus was about twelve years old. They left Jesus behind when they left to go home. When they discovered that Jesus was missing, they got real worried. They returned to Jerusalem and found Him sitting in the temple talking to the teachers, and then He said…”
You get the idea.
Read the Red (no.1)
Luke 2:49 (NIV) 49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
Again, the ideas that were put forth in regards to this first scripture were wonderful.
Perhaps the funniest of them all was:
“Now I don’t have to feel so guilty because that is pretty much what my nine-year-old said to me when I forgot her at my in-law’s house one Christmas.”
The great majority of the responses likened Jesus’ first words to an invitation for the reader. I could not agree more with that assessment.
Following are some of your interpretations (or translations):
“How can I help you, my child?”
“You never need to feel alone, for I am always here with you.” His first words bring full circle His final words before going to heaven (Matthew 28:20).
He is telling us where to go when we need help, to church (His father’s house).
He is inviting us to church.
Is it not abundantly appropriate that we are considering this first passage as all of us approach the new year and many are seeking the way to a new beginning?
Read the Red (no.2)
Below you will find our second red phrase to be considered:
Matthew 3:15 (NIV) 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”
The idea is simple: Isolate and focus on those words and parables in the Bible that are written in red-those attributed to our Lord Jesus Christ.
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