Sunday Preview for January 20, 2019

The Calling of St. Matthew (1502) by Vittore Carpaccio

The Calling of St. Matthew (1502) by Vittore Carpaccio

On June 16, 1953 over one million citizens rose up in protest against the Communist government of East Germany.  After the uprising had been brutally suppressed, the East German poet Berthold Brecht wrote a poem that sarcastically criticized the government:

After the uprising of the 17th of June
The Secretary of the Writers’ Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. 
Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?

No doubt many leaders have wished that they could replace their subjects, but there has only ever been one leader with the right to do so had he desired.  No kingdom made up of sinners is worthy of King Jesus.  So who does he make his subjects, and why does he tolerate them?

This week’s passage, Mark 2:13-17, tells how Jesus called Levi (Matthew), a tax collector unworthy of Jesus’ attention.  In his story we will see how our King reveals his glory by turning the worst people into his loyal subjects.  Come and worship with us at New Hope at 10 AM and hear of the power and love that Jesus has for you!