Well, There is One Loophole Here

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 King 7-9; John 1:1-28

 

 The true light that shines on all people

    was coming into the world.
10 The light was in the world,
    and the world came into being through the light,
        but the world didn’t recognize the light.
11 The light came to his own people,
    and his own people didn’t welcome him.
12 But those who did welcome him,
        those who believed in his name,
    he authorized to become God’s children,
13         born not from blood
        nor from human desire or passion,
        but born from God.
14 The Word became flesh
    and made his home among us.
We have seen his glory,
    glory like that of a father’s only son,
        full of grace and truth.

15 John testified about him, crying out, “This is the one of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than me because he existed before me.’”

16 From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace;
17     as the Law was given through Moses,
    so grace and truth came into being through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God.
    God the only Son,
        who is at the Father’s side,
        has made God known. (John 1:9-18, Common English Bible)

It is said that when W.C. Fields died in 1946, Americans remembered him as one of the funniest actors to appear on the big screen. Many critics in Hollywood today consider many of his films, such as My Little Chickadee, as classics. During his years of fame, friends of W.C. Fields knew how he felt about God. W.C. Fields considered himself an agnostic. That is why many of his friends were surprised to find Fields reading a Bible as he was dying. When a friend asked Fields why he was reading the Bible – a book he did not believe – he responded, “I am trying to find a loophole.” After he spoke these words, W.C. Fields died. (Homiletics, January 5, 2003,  https://www.homileticsonline.com/subscriber/btl_display.asp?installment_id=314)

Like W.C. Fields, we are always trying to find a loophole for something. We look for a loophole to lower our taxes. “Can I find a loophole that will let me pay less child support?” Is there something I can come up with that will keep me from getting fired even though I haven’t actually worked in six months? Is there a loophole that will get me out of this rule or this law?

That last one is like the picture above. He isn’t on a bicycle, rollerblades, rollerskates, a skateboard, or a scooter. He is on a unicycle. It must be OK. He at least thinks he has found a loophole.

John wrote in our lesson today, “The light came to his own people, and his own people didn’t welcome him. But those who did welcome him, those who believed in his name, he authorized to become God’s children, born not from blood nor from human desire or passion, but born from God.”

I doubt W.C. Fields could have found a loophole in that. But, I would submit to you there really is one. It is the loophole of grace. Because we have all sinned, because, at least at times, we don’t welcome him and yet God welcomes us as God’s children. Those are John’s words, not mine. But, I do know what that is called. It is grace. Grace is a free gift from God. We can’t buy it, borrow it, steal it, or in some other way receive it accept as a gift from God. Your mama or daddy, your Sunday school teacher or your pastor, your friend or foe, or anyone else can give it to you. It comes from God alone. That free gift opens up eternity for those who became God’s children, born from God.

W.C. Fields could have found that loophole. He knew he deserved what was coming and sought a way out of it, a loophole. All he had to do was confess Jesus Christ in his heart and he would have the loophole he was looking for but more importantly, through grace, he would have eternity with God.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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