Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Shortest Sermon Ever Preached

Jesus Reading from the Scroll
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Gleaning from Pastor Jerry’s sermon as he was reading from Luke 4:14-21, I share the following:  The setting was Jesus had began his ministry and news of the miracles was being broadcast through out the region.  He was gaining a following and as was his custom he taught in the Synagogues. 

Now he was returning to his home town and as his habit was he went to the Synagogue to worship.  The service began with the Words, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.”  Singing followed - -

Because Jesus was a know teacher, he was handed the scroll from Isaiah 61 and began to read the familiar scriptures.  Yet it seemed as if they were hearing it for the first time.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me, to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Then Jesus closed the book and sat down as was the custom of the teachers, and all eyes were fixed upon him for the people were expecting to hear a sermon. 

His words were loud and clear: “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

These words shocked and angered the crowd, for they understood - - he was saying that he was the Messiah, and they did not like it one bit.  They expected Messiah to come, but on a white horse and to liberate them from the Roman Rulers that held them in bondage.

The audience was confused and filled with rage and they began to drag Jesus out of the temple and pull him toward the cliff intending to cast him over the side. 

How things can change so quickly.  One minute everyone was happy and now they wanted to kill Jesus.  An amazing thing happened; somehow Jesus passed from their midst; either they were blind and could not see him, or perhaps he simply disappeared, but he was no where to be found.

After that day, Jesus could no longer walk and minister in Palestine.

The announcement in the Scripture is familiar to us as we congregate here in our church as is our custom.  Yet it is fresh, new, vibrant and alive to us.  These words move to center stage and admonish us to understand and to push worries and fears aside and to lift up Jesus.

Let the world rush by with its terror, fear, evil and bad news, and may we be encouraged to trust in the one who is the healer of broken hearts, the one who brings liberty to those who seek him.

“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
  
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3 comments:

  1. Yes, Christ made numerous exits to avoid a premature death. It was only to come when He had finished his work. I invite you to visit my blog article on this matter.

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    1. Your article is awesome and thoughtful. Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on "The Shortest Sermon" post. Thinking about Jesus suddenly appearing on the water walking, surely he didn’t walk the entire way to the boat. In the garden when he spoke and said "I am He." and the soldiers fell back from what? - The light - the force of power or angels giving them a shove? Again the soldiers guarding the tomb and they fell asleep – How? Perhaps put to sleep miraculously. Thinking about Philip who was caught away by the Spirit of the Lord - - as he had been ministering to the Eunuch and simply disappeared from his sight. And lastly we who wait will be caught up in the twinkling of an eye!! Wonder of wonders!

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  2. Praise God! Jesus is my Savior!

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