I don’t know if you have this problem, but one of my daily challenges is keeping a mask on my person at all times. Often I find myself getting out of the car and heading into a store, and then having to backtrack to get my mask! I’m then greeted by a store full of fellow mask wearers, some of whom are now writing slogans on their mask fronts like “if you are reading this, you are too close”!
When I think about our mask-wearing culture, I’ve been reminded of how the Scribes and Pharisees of Jesus day wore hypocritical masks. Rather than being repenters, they were pretenders who “flattered themselves too much to detect or hate their sin” (Psalm 36:2). When Jesus got too close to these pretenders with the truth of God’s Word, they plotted to kill him, rather than repent from their wicked ways.
This coming Lord’s Day, we will be exploring Jesus Parable of the Two Sons, whose father asked them to come and work in his vineyard. One said yes but never went. The other said no but later went. The one who never went was a pretender. The other was a repenter!
This ancient parable provides us with many divine insights for how we can live our lives to the fullest during these very challenging days (not to mention how we can help others do the same)!
Looking forward to gathering with you this Sunday to worship the Holy Trinity!
Your servant in Christ,
Dean+ - Christ the Redeemer Church in Springfield, VA