Today...Ladies' Hat Day
November 11th...Veterans Day...7:00pm...Business Meeting & Birthday Social
November 12th...6:00pm...Ladies On a Mission Meeting
*The Bible Study in Revelations has been postponed until after the holidays.
Next meeting in January.*
November 26th...Thanksgiving Day
November 29th...11:00am...The Lord's Supper (Communion)
The Lesson of the Extra Mile
In Jesus' day, the Jews were an occupied people under Roman authority. There was a law that any Roman soldier could press any man or boy he passed into carrying his pack for one mile, but no more. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addressed this when he said, “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.” in Matthew 5:41, KJV
Can you imagine how the Jews felt when Jesus said, “Go the second mile?” No doubt, the audience said, “He must be jesting.” “Does he really expect us to do more than the law requires us to do?”
What is the principle of the second mile? It is to do more than is required or expected of us. Jesus is saying that any pagan or unsaved person can go one mile (5:46,47). The first mile is to love those who love us. The second mile is to love those who do not love us. We must always remember that life is lived on three levels. The hellish level is to return evil for good. The human level is to return good for good and evil for evil. The heavenly level is to return good for evil. The second mile is to return good for evil. Jesus went the second mile for all of us!
When a Jewish man or boy is carrying the soldier’s backpack for the first mile, he is a slave. However, when he chooses to carry the burden for a second mile, he then takes control of the situation. The character mile moves us from slaves to masters. The first mile is the “have to” mile, but the second mile is the “want to” mile.
THANK YOU to all of our Veterans who went the extra mile for us!