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Sermons on Jesus

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Jesus Made Known: Truth Teller

Y’all, conventional wisdom tells us to separate ourselves from people who might pull us down.  But God says something different through Jesus. Jesus ate with sinners: not just sinful Jews but also Gentiles, people who didn’t want to have anything to do with God.  And through these parables, Jesus conveyed the deep truth that as people of God we’re supposed to eat and live and otherwise co-mingle with people who don’t want to have anything to do with God.  And the reason we’re supposed to do this is the same reason Jesus sent his disciples out into the world: so that by our faith and by our lives of following Jesus, God will transform everyone around us into something else, something better.   

Jesus Made Known: Teacher

Well, my friends, Jesus had something every person needs; and part of what Jesus had, God’s truth of the BEST way to live, could best be communicated with words, by teaching.  And Jesus shared what all people throughout time needed PRECISELY because people needed it…even though it cost Him His life.

Christ The King

Y’all, today is Christ the King Sunday. Today is the day when we proclaim with hope and with confidence that the whole earth will someday be Christ’s kingdom, that someday everything that divides people from people and even people from God will fall away. Today is the day when we celebrate the coming fulfillment of all that we hope for, all that we dream for, all that we trust in, through Christ Jesus! Amen.

Interruptions

I started the sermon by talking about the character Dug from the animated movie “Up”. And Dug had this way of stopping the important stuff to chase after squirrels. I’ll bet there are some Christians out there, maybe even in HERE, who think of taking the time and effort to share love with and be present with the seemingly most unworthy people is akin to chasing after squirrels. But in my reading of the scriptures, in my reading of the life and ministry of Jesus, it’s pretty much everything ELSE that is akin to chasing after squirrels. It’s pretty much everything ELSE that comprises the interruptions.

Changing the Rules

Which gets me wondering: how are we, FCCGJ, doing when it comes to seeing the rules of our faith through the lens of loving and helping other people? Do we spend more time telling other people what to believe and how to live or more time shining the light of our love in the their lives? Do we spend more resources on ourselves or on others? In other words, are we following the rules made by people, even US, to help us feel comfortable and good about what we have, or are we doing everything we can to follow God’s rules?

An Invitation to the Party – From Jesus

Y’all, the Messiah came to live in the midst of a fallen world, a painful and gloomy place, a place that literally felt like the Old Testament metaphor of “the wine ran out”. And in the midst of that, Jesus performed a miracle that absolutely shouted and screamed out…”the wine is still here; the wine is overflowing; and you’re invited to enjoy it.” YOU…are invited to enjoy it.