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My friends, we are part of a family, a new kind of family, a family forged out of resurrection…of miracle, and so a better kind of family than any other kind, a family steeped in new life. It is way past time we started acting and living more like the family we are…that we may become the family God desires we become.
Friends, my point is this. The Spirit has set each of you apart for ministry, and the Spirit has equipped you with a gift to perform what others will see as miracles to aid you in the fulfillment of that ministry. You might be wondering whether or not YOU are included in this statement, whether you have been called and equipped. The answer is YES!!!! And when you respond to Jesus’ resurrection by doing the work for which the Spirit calls you, the Spirit WILL perform miracles through you. There’s no doubt about it in my mind.
My friends, WE live in the midst of a post-resurrection world. This world, this kingdom of God, it’s all around us. But we have to respond to resurrection with a willingness to change in order to live into it.
My friends, Christ is risen! And the risen Christ calls us, no, COMMANDS us, to respond to resurrection by sharing the gospel of Jesus. It may seem scary, but you can do it. I KNOW you can do it. And, Jesus commands you to do it. So…let’s get started.
Friends in Christ, the Lord is Risen! (The Lord is Risen, indeed!) Everything humanity knew, or thought it knew prior to the empty tomb, has changed…and, as a result, everything about how we live should change. Please, please, please, don’t let the event of Jesus’ resurrection become just another in the long line of happenings to which we respond with actions and words suggesting there’s nothing to see here. Please, please, please, respond to Jesus’ resurrection with every minute of every day, with every fiber of your being, respond in a way that reveals that from here on out EVERYTHING has changed.
My friends, Jesus entered Jerusalem in a most unusual way to begin the last week of His earthly ministry. And He did so to show the people of His day that real triumph, success, victory, in the eyes of God and for the best way of living, looks very different than what was thought by the people of His time. Come to think of it, Jesus entered Jerusalem in a most unusual way to show people of OUR time that victory looks a lot different than most of us think.
While it’s true that Jesus’ righteousness makes us righteous, so that we don’t need to rely on our own righteousness when The Judgment comes, and while it’s true faith is what saves, not works, it is ALSO true that the way to live best while on this earth, the way to live INTO the Kingdom of Heaven right here and right now, is by DOING acts of love for others, by taking care of the needs of others that you can do something about.
March 31, 2019 Sermon Journey to the Cross: Readiness First Scripture Reading: Psalm 43:3-4 3 O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. 4 Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; […]
Y’all one of the things Jesus made clear through His ministry and through parables like this one is that God’s amazing and eternal party is going to include a whole bunch of people who wouldn’t get let in if the decision was made by the religious leaders of this world…or, well, any person. Because the criteria for “getting in” has nothing to do with the ways of this world but has everything to do with the ways of God.
As one of the last teachings of His earthly ministry, Jesus told this seemingly absurd tale of a landowner who paid every worker the same – regardless of how long or how hard each worked. And Jesus told us that God’s kingdom is like this. We all receive the same grace…which means none receive more or less than others…and THIS is what true fairness and justice looks like.