We make our resolutions and our commitments, but in the end our faith is an up and down journey. We all have times of faith and times of doubt. Baptism in our foundational promise: we are claimed by God forever. There is not need to fear for this is God’s doing not ours.
Who has invited you to, “Come and see Jesus?” Sunday January 14, 2018
What were you thinking God? Sending us Jesus who says things lie forgive 70 times 7 times? And what about all the ways Jesus seems silent when we need him most?
The promise though is not that we get what we want, but that we get what we need.
Finally, what we need is the gift the angels announce to the lowly shepherds: A gift of great joy to all people. And those angel messengers continue coming into our lives. They may not have wings and halos, but they do come offering comfort and gifts of love that say, “I know you and care about you.” (Which probably does not include gift cards.)
The greatest gift of all Jesus: coming to bring comfort and peace.
Maybe God did have it right all along.
John knows his limits and understands his calling. He points to Jesus and you cannot tell the gospel sorry of Jesus without John the Baptist. You can leave out the Last Supper (John’s gospel does) and you can leave out stories of Jesus’ birth (Mark’s gospel does) but you can’t leave out John the Baptist.
And Like John the Baptist we are called to point towards Jesus and his revealing light with everything we do.
It is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. Everything is supposed to be perfect. But what if it is not? What if we are waiting and waiting for things to live up to some ideal so we can see Jesus? Are we missing something along the way?
And how did the VanMoof bike company stop having so many of their bikes damaged while being shipped?
Jesus healed ten men and only one gave thanks. Jesus said, “You faith has made you well.” The gift for us is when we fail, when we don’t give thanks, Jesus’ faith heals us.
God’s blessing is both promise and invitation. And all of that is wrapped up in some hard truths for our lives.
Sermon for Sunday October 22, 2017. What does it mean when Jesus says, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s”?
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