By Melody Carlson
Bestselling writer deals teenager ladies much more sensible devotions according to the phrases of Jesus.
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Now Jesus was telling them that the lowlifes—the ones they considered to be the bottom-feeders of society—were going to make it into heaven ahead of them! They must have been seriously annoyed. In that culture, no one was considered more messed up than prostitutes and tax collectors—prostitutes for obvious reasons, and tax collectors because they were considered “legalized” thieves. Jesus was declaring that messed-up people like that were actually going to heaven? How was that possible? Yet Jesus made it clear why messy lives would be welcome in heaven—it was because they welcomed the message that both John the Baptist and Jesus had shared with them.
Yet it’s this very foundation that anchors that huge building to the earth. Unseen but essential. As important as that foundation is, it’s the cornerstone that really holds things together. The cornerstone, an integral part of the foundation, is the piece that ensures the building is straight and level and square. Without a true cornerstone, the Empire State Building would tip, the structure would fall, and all that would be left is a heap of rubble. Jesus is like that cornerstone. He is the true foundational piece that God built his church on.
In those days, taxation was more corrupt than ever. Most of the tax collectors were a slippery bunch of private contractors who went around demanding taxes from their own countrymen in a random and unfair way— adjusting the rates to whatever suited them at the moment. Then they would pocket much of what they collected and give the Roman government the rest. In most people’s eyes, tax collectors were no better than thieves, and maybe even worse. The religious leaders figure that if Jesus says it’s fine to tax, it might seem he’s condoning thievery.
Always. A Teen Devotional by Melody Carlson