Thursday, July 04, 2013

This week's lesson: Revelation 3:14-22

If you want to experience Christ's message to the church in Laodicea, then all you need to do is:
  • open a can of pop,
  • leave it on your kitchen counter for a couple of hours,
  • then take a big gulp.
A good way to induce vomiting, right?

And that's the point Jesus makes about this church: it's not that "lukewarm" equals "apathetic -- and it's certainly not the idea that an apathetic church is worse than one that actively opposes the gospel.

No, the point is that Laodicea's hypocrisy is absolutely revolting -- revolting in the same way that a big gulp of lukewarm pop makes you want to throw up.

To be sure, you could spend this week's lesson discussing just exactly why Laodicea's hypocrisy is so nasty -- nothing's more enjoyable than discussing other people's faults, after all.

But I hope you'll spend most of your time discussing Christ's invitation in verse 20 -- an invitation that he extends to a bunch of nasty, loathsome hypocrites who see no need for him.

It's one thing to eat with your friends, after all.

But Jesus is willing to eat with the very same people . . .

Who make him want to vomit.

1 comment:

Jann Haley said...

Pastor Greg,
My husband David and I live in Alabama and know your daughter CJ. We were thinking of her this morning and I stumbled on your blog. In a few short paragraphs you took Laodicea, brought it close to home making it very personal to me. Thank you and I hope that you and your family have a blessed Sabbath.
Jann Haley
Maylene, AL
July 6, 2013