Readings for the 2nd Sunday in Lent
Luke 13:31-35; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Jeremiah 26:8-15
A light on your car dashboard warns of problems with the engine. A high-blood pressure reading at the doctor’s office warns of problems with your body. But what are the warning signs of trouble in our spiritual lives?
The residents of Jerusalem were quite comfortable in their sin. They had no use for prophets who confronted them on their sins. Such prophets didn’t survive long in a city that worshiped the status quo. A heartbroken Jesus announces the coming judgment (Luke 13). In similar fashion, Jeremiah pleads with Judah to reverse course and repent of her sins before it’s too late (Jer 26).
The apostle Paul warns us not to trade in our heavenly citizenship for an earthly one. Having an eternal perspective changes the way we look at life here and now (Phil 3).