Following Jesus is often a difficult road, but stick with it because all sorrow and hardship will be replaced by eternal glory.

BibleGateway: Luke 6:17-26

ESV Text: Luke 6:17-26

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:1 and ends at about 3:25

17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. 19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

     20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. 22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. 23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. 24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. 25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. 26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 414 :
The Man is Ever Blest
— Organ Audio

1. The man is ever blest 
Who shuns the sinners’ ways, 
Among their counsels never stands, 
Nor takes the scorners’ place. 

2. But makes the Law of God 
His study and delight 
Amid the labors of the day 
And watches of the night. 

3. He like a tree shall thrive, 
With waters near the root; 
Fresh as the leaf his name shall live, 
His works are heavenly fruit. 

4. Not so the ungodly race, 
They no such blessings find; 
Their hopes shall flee like empty chaff 
Before the driving wind. 

5. How shall they bear to stand 
Before that judgment-seat 
Where all the saints at Christ’s right hand 
In full assembly meet? 

6. He knows, and He approves, 
The way the righteous go; 
But sinners and their works shall meet 
A dreadful overflow. 

Hymn: LSB 932 Jesus Sat with His Disciples

Jesus and the Father are equal, sharing the same work and deserving of the same honor.

BibleGateway: John 5:16-30

ESV Text: John 5:16-30

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:49 and ends at about 4:3

16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

     17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. 19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. 21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. 22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. 28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. 30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 248 :
Father of Glory, to Thy Name
— Organ Audio

1. Father of glory, to Thy name 
Immortal praise we give, 
Who dost an act of grace proclaim 
And bid us rebels live. 

2. Immortal honor to the Son, 
Who makes Thine anger cease; 
Our lives He ransomed with His own 
And died to make our peace. 

3. To Thine almighty Spirit be 
Immortal glory given, 
Whose teachings bring us near to Thee 
And train us up for heaven. 

4. Let men with their united voice 
Adore the eternal God 
And spread His honors and their joys 
Through nations far abroad. 

5. Let faith and love and duty join 
One grateful song to raise; 
Let saints in earth and heaven combine 
In harmony and praise.