Lost and then found

Sunday February 11th, Luke 6: 17-21 They had come both to hear him and to be cured of their ailments. Those disturbed by evil spirits were healed. Everyone was trying to touch him—so much energy surging from him, so many people healed! Then he spoke: You're blessed when you've lost it all. God's kingdom is there for the finding. The original sin in the Bible is the one in Genesis where the first humans eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The sin wasn’t the eating. Blame is not assigned by asking who ate first and who tempted whom to eat. The sin was in succumbing to the temptation to be like God. (Genises 3: 4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.") Our temptation is always to be in charge, and therefore to be like God. When you have lost it all, you are at least spared for the moment, the illusion that you are, at least in some ways, the center of it all. When you have let go of all the crutches, all the pretenses, all the illusions, you find God. In that moment you know you are truly blessed.


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