Sermon on 1 John 4:7-21
This Resurrected Life that we have been looking at over the course of the past few weeks during the Easter Season can be a little messy. That is part and parcel to the working of God. You take something dead, that has been in a tomb and raise it, well it will stink, can be dirty. Coming out of the grave would do that. Being someone raised up to newness, this new life, so we have to muddle around for a while trying to get our bearings and that is where we are.
We saw that the Resurrected Life, one who has died and been raised in Jesus (that is a Christian), is one who is called into relationship. Called from darkness to light where we have koinonia with God. Fellowship like a marriage that makes us one. We saw that before we were orphans, but now we are called children by God. His children. Sons, because of his Son Jesus. We are also those called to live as Christ, which means we die. We, all of our desires and wants of things that take the place of Jesus, die so that we might live in him and love as he loves. Because we wanted to know what love is, and it is Jesus.
Sermon of 1 John 3:16-24
The Resurrected Life, this series we are on through the Easter season, has brought us from 1 John 1 with our look at communion with God. Fellowship. The life of the Christian being one of connection and growth in this 2 becoming 1 flesh relationship. Becoming lost in the embrace of God’s mercy found in a body broken and blood shed for you. Immersed in his death for the sake of your life.
In the beginning of 1 John 3 from last week, we saw this description of the Christian as one who has been declared a child of God. That is a cliché we throw around without thinking about it, but if God has birthed us, a rebirth in Jesus, we have become his children. Born from above. A common Father. Common children. Made Sons. Sons of God. Meaning that regardless of your gender, God looks at you and sees his Son, i.e. – Jesus. So that our sin becomes his, the sins of others we hold in common laid on Jesus, and his beauty, his goodness, his righteousness becomes ours. The Happy Exchange is what Luther called it. This is part of where it comes from. Our sin, his goodness.
Part Two of our sermon series "The Resurrected Life" - 1 John 3:1-7 (8-9)
For those of you who are joining us since Easter, we have embarked on a sermon series around this notion of the Resurrected Life. Taking the texts we are given in the Sunday readings from 1 John, we are wanting to discover what it is that the cross and the empty tomb have to do with the Christian. We live in a world post-Calvary. Post-Easter. The cross has happened, Christ has risen. Now what? What does this whole history have to do with us? If it is to be more than just a nice story, but an actual happening upon our lives, where does this crucified Jesus, this Resurrected Christ play in relation to you?
The Resurrected Life - A Series in 1 John - Sermon notes and outline
The struggle of Easter is that we have this season marked by just a day. The day ends. We go home. Everything turns back to normal. But that is not the way of Easter in the church. In the life of the Christian. In you. For if Christ has died. If Christ has risen. If the cross killed your sin, and the tomb lays barren now because death has been overcome by Jesus for you, then Easter Sunday is more than a day. It means more than a good meal and family. It means something has happened to you. In you. For you. Because of Jesus. Not just in one day either, but the course of your life. In fact in the church Easter lasts 50 days. 50 days of Peeps and dyed eggs. So, for the course of Easter Sundays, we are going to be spending our time hearing the word of God spoken to us by John in his first letter.
Sermon for Easter Sunday, 2018 - Mark 16
Easter is, in one way or the other, one of the biggest April Fools jokes ever. Easter, Resurrection Sunday, is supposed to be this day that we are to remember that we are dust, and yet God came to us to rescue us from that. It is supposed to be a day in which we see death as a conquered enemy, a vanquished foe, in which we have been given freedom from all our attempts to destroy God and make ourselves the deity of our choosing, and what do we often do with it? He is risen. April Fools. The tomb is empty. April Fools. Your sins are forgiven. April Fools.
In our world at large, in our world it is regularly just a Sunday. Just a day. A special day, but only in so far as we fill the day with Easter baskets, bunny rabbits, chocolate, ham, grandma’s house, nice dresses and pastel colors. We live so often as though the resurrection has never occurred and yet here it is. Again. Easter.
Sermon for Good Friday, 2018 - John 18-19; Isaiah 52-53
Thank God it’s Friday. Thank God it’s the weekend. It’s the day we can let down our hair and set ourselves aside for a moment. Slaving away at work, at retirement, at play, Friday is still Friday. Friday Fun-day. Friday being the day when all that is good about life begins.
So today is good. It is good regardless of your view of death or the cross. It is good because of all that we think we need to do has been done. All of which we think we can make good on our own, God does to make this Friday a good day. A good day to die actually.
Sermon for Maundy Thursday - John 13
Maundate means commandment. Think mandate. Not some dudes hitting the club on Friday night, but a perspective of ability to accomplish something. Authority. When a politician, like a president, wins an election handily, along with his party, we say he/she has a mandate. An ability to command. Command being part of that.
So Maundy Thursday, not Mandy Thursday. A day where we hear: I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. So the expectation is a mic drop here. Love one another. Let’s go.