5/19/19 It's Not Complicated We cannot truly love God while neglecting to love those who are also created in his image, even if they are just little black boys who only want to play baseball with other little boys.
There probably aren't too many issues where we couldn't reach some sort of common ground, but the hatred and disdain is so great that neither side is willing to yield, for fear it might be seen as some sort of weakness.
I think the message here is that we will all be called upon to do things in the service of the Lord that we may not want to do, but do it, we must.
Peter tells us that the day of the Lord will come like a thief, when you least expect it, when you aren't prepared, catching you off-guard.
In that one sentence, Peter referenced the trinity, the triune God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, all working together for the benefit of everyone, with Jesus as the human being for others.
To announce that he was indeed the Messiah, Jesus chose a time when all Israel would be gathered at Jerusalem, a place where huge crowds could see him, and a way of proclaiming his mission that was unmistakable.