White Hats, Black Hats & A Few Lone Rangers

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I’m blogging through the Gospel of Matthew this month .  As I was reading Chapter 1 I was reminded of the radio programs I listened to as a little girl . Yes, there was a time before television.

I’m a prairie girl & loved  Roy RogersThe Cisco Kid & of course The Lone Ranger.

Heroes  never lost  their hats.

The good guys wore White Hats;  the bad guys wore Black Hats.  A  Masked Man with a white hat  & his sidekick Tonto  always rode over the hill at the last minute to save the day.

Matthew completes the story that  began in Exodus. It tells how the promise made to Abraham that ‘You will be my people & I will be your God ‘ was  fulfilled  forty-two  generations later.

As I look at the family tree that led to Jesus I see White Hats  & Black Hats  & more then a few Lone Rangers.

The list is filled with family feuds, jealousy, murders, rapes, incest, lies, pride, battles, heroes & villains, prophets & kings, storytellers & soldiers, settlers & pioneers.

There are White Hats & Black Hats.

There  were good men who became bad men.

There were  bad men who became good men.

There were Lone Rangers who against all odds moved the story forward.

Two Lone Rangers caught my attention.
•    A carpenter named Joseph
•    A tax collector named  Matthew

 

Joseph: An Everyday Hero

EverydayheroThe family tree ends with ‘Jacob was the father of Joseph , the husband of Mary. ‘

Then comes the understatement: Mary gave  birth to Jesus who is called the Messiah

Joseph was a good man; a hurt man, a brokenhearted man  who still  heard & obeyed God.

Joseph had dreams; vivid dreams;  dreams that he wanted to be true; dreams that could just have been his sub- conscious desires.

Joseph  chose to believe  that the dreams  were from God.

Joseph  chose to obey.

Joseph chose to obey even in the most irrational of circumstances.

Why did Joseph believe that a God  who had not spoken for 400 years spoke to him?

Joseph was an everyday hero.

Joseph was an ordinary man who heard God in dreams & obeyed.

Joseph was an ordinary man who changed my life and yours through his simple obedience.

Here  is the  story of  Joseph: An Everyday Hero.

 

Matthew: The Tax-Man

Then there is Matthew.  Matthew changed his Black Hat for a White Hat .  Matthew is the author of the  Gospel of Matthew. Matthew was a Jewish tax-man who everybody hated.

Here is what happened.

As Jesus was walking along He saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collectors booth.  “ Follow me and be my disciple” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed Him. Later Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. The Pharisees saw this. They asked His disciples : “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?”

When Jesus heard this, he said “Healthy people don’t need a doctor- sick people do”. For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous but those who know they are sinners.  (Matt. 9: 9-13)

Hated, disregarded & called scum Matthew still followed Jesus.  Matthew’s story can be summarized as follows :

You are one of those chosen by Me .

You are  chosen for the high calling of priestly work.

You are chosen to be part of my holy people,

My instrument to do My  work and and speak out for Me.

You are to tell of the night and day difference that I have made for you.

From Nothing to Something

From Rejected to Accepted

Black Hat to White Hat

My Lone Ranger

In A Broken World

1 Peter 2:9-10

 

Jesus: Our Lone Ranger

He came into the very world he created

But the world didn’t recognize him.

He came to his own people & even they rejected him.

But to all who believed him and accepted him

He gave the right to become children of God.

They are reborn not with a physical birth

Resulting from human passion or plan

But a birth that comes from God.

So the Word became Human.

 He made his home among us. 

He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.

John 1: 10-14

White Hatters

white hatterRoyal White Hatters

I live in Calgary, Alberta.

When visitors come they are often given a White Stetson & are named as honoured citizens of our city.

 

Jesus Invites You to Accept His White Hat

From Rejected to Accepted

From Nothing to Something

Black Hat to White Hat

His Lone Ranger

Changing Your World

One Life At A Time

Wear Your White Hat Today

Virtually yours

linda

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