July 12

About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. John 7:14

Jesus traveled to the festival secretly.  This made his opponents proud.  But Jesus was obedient to God and wasn’t afraid of their defiance.  He didn’t merely go to Jerusalem; he went to the middle of the temple.  This was the place where his worst enemies, the priests and Pharisees, had great power and ruled.  Setting aside all fear, Christ took them on at their own game.  He ignored their religious authority and civil status and didn’t ask for permission.  Instead, he entered the temple with enthusiasm and spiritual power and began to teach.  Christ didn’t ask, “Mr. Annas, Mr. Caiaphas, do you mind if I preach?”  Instead, he took over the priestly ministry for himself.  He was very brave to walk right before their eyes.  Earlier they had challenged him and called him afraid and timid.  Now they had to stand there and listen to him preach.

John describes this event for our comfort.  No one should become worried when God allows himself to appear weak while the world boasts and struts around.  They are often weak and timid while their powerful adversaries stomp their feet and threaten.  This is nothing new.  We have to get used to it.  It doesn’t happen only to us.  It happened to all the prophets and apostles.  They appeared weak compared to their oppressors.  Yet it was in their weakness that they were the strongest.

Life of Luther

Barnas Sears, D.D.

An historic and comprehensive biography of early Christianity’s most influential leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther.

Controversial and visionary, Luther’s life is revealed in this rare presentation of his work as an educator and church leader. From his birth and childhood, to his religious education, and the events leading up to the Protestant Reformation, you will discover the views and experiences that led to his excommunication by the Pope in 1520. Correspondence and accounts shed further light on Luther’s defiant translation of the Bible from Latin to the language of the common man.

This unique biography is reproduced from an 1850 American Sunday School Union original, and in it you will be introduced to the pivotal life of this enigmatic man before, during, and after one of Christianity’s defining events.

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