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Y’all, our hope should have NOTHING to do with our circumstance. Rather, our hope should have EVERYTHING to do with our trust in God and God’s assurance that God is at work through us, that God will continue to be at work through us, that God will fill these seats again if we trust and listen for what God calls us to do individually and collectively.
I believe God discovered that people’s hearts were so stuck that they were going to make the wrong choice. And, God being God, God figured out a way to work with THAT. God figured out a way to work with the most horrible, awful choice people could make. God figured out a way to work with Jesus’ crucifixion. God figured out a way to turn worldly sin into Godly victory. That’s what I believe. And…God can STILL do that….regardless of what we choose.
Y’all, there is ALWAYS a truth. As followers of Jesus, followers of God, our job is to always, always, ALWAYS do our best to be a part of the truth, to always do everything we can to discern and reveal the truth, even to be honest about when we’re not 100% sure what the truth is. Our job is to be a part of the truth, to reveal the truth, instead of MANIPULATING the truth, creating and spreading a FALSE TRUTH, to get what we want.
Y’all, this scene John describes, this scene of two interrogations, it’s one of the best known scenes in the gospels. It’s the scene that DIRECTLY led to Jesus’ crucifixion. And it’s the scene that describes THE FAILURE of humanity that led to Jesus’ crucifixion. Which gets me wondering every time I read it: why do we keep allowing the scene to repeat itself over and over and over again? Haven’t we learned?
And y’all, these things Jesus offered so long ago when the bad stuff happened, they are STILL what Jesus offers you and I today.
As we will discover this Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, the darkness is all around us. Time is getting short. The cross is near. The hour is getting late. Fortunately, Jesus came to BE light in this world of darkness. And he has given us the ability to see, reflect, and share his light. Now, the task is ours.
The reason to follow Jesus is because he is the life-giving water to life as God intended for it to be lived. The reason to seek God’s will with every action of your life is not to avoid punishment but to ENJOY life here on earth as it is in God’s eternal home. The reason to follow Jesus is because he offers life as the author of life intended for it to be lived…which HAS to be better than anything a mere created being can offer you.
But on this day, as I think back to a few moments ago and looking out on all the people who have served God as leaders in this congregation in the past year and who are committed now to serving God as leaders of this congregation in the coming year, I am reminded and inspired that God is very much alive and active, that God’s Spirit STILL calls and offers me new life in Christ, still offers me the chance to be born of the Spirit in the week to come and forever.
Because it’s very likely we’ve become accustomed to the ways of the world’s kingdom, so accustomed to the ways of the world’s kingdom that we’re going to have to be open to some RADICAL CHANGE if we want continue Jesus’ ministry of ushering in a different kingdom, God’s kingdom, a kingdom devoted 100% to God’s desires with NO DISTRACTIONS, here on earth.
January 14, 2018 Sermon A Kingdom of Abundance Scripture Reading: John 2:1-11 2 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said […]