Treasuring And Pondering
This time of year is rich in big events that cause us to remember, recall, to reflect. Graduations, weddings, anniversaries...these tend to bring to mind past situations, stories, and relationships that bring great joy, or possibly great sorrow, to mind. Tonight Terry focuses on Luke 2:19, " But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart". When reading this verse, many of us tend to think that Mary had similar thoughts, reflections, remembrances of her pregnancy and the birth of her son. But as we see in tonight's message, treasuring and pondering goes well beyond sentimental feelings and stories of difficult and amazing times.
Terry proclaims the one Gospel through the history, research, rememberings and faith expressed in the text of the Gospel According to Luke. Jesus himself is the good news expressed by Luke. Beginning with the birth narratives unique to Luke's presentation, the good news of the Kingdom explodes into faithful view as each account, teaching, parable and event lived out and offered by Jesus, the Messiah-King, is examined the way Luke seemingly examined Jesus in his own work. Here we find a Jesus to love, a Jesus to follow, and ultimately a Jesus to worship.