Sunday, August 30, 2015

NOT A CROWN of JEWELS but of THORNS: SCS No. 57

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Sunday, August 30, 2015, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 57

PRAYER for Today:
Father, we know You are able to heal the hearts of a broken nation.  All we ask is that Your will be done and whatever Your will is to give us the strength and wisdom to live Your will till Your Son comes back.  It is in His name we pray. Amen.

SCRIPTURE for Today: Mark 12:35-44 (KJV)
35 And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David?
36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.
38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:
40 Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.
41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.


SERMON for Today:

While in the temple, Jesus publicly raises a question that he has already discussed in private with his disciples (Mark 8:12): who is the Messiah?  Here Jesus is essentially asking is he the son of David or the Lord of David? Jesus’ point is not to deny that the Messiah is a descendant of David. Jesus is saying He anticipates being exalted to the right hand of God, and thus He will far transcend any expectation of a merely political, Davidic messiah.

The people and the rulers were expecting the Messiah to be an earthly King.  Jesus knew what lay ahead for Him.  Being crucified on the cross and resurrection was the future He had to look forward to not an earthly crown of a King but rather one of thorns.

Next Jesus contrasts the abuses of the scribes and the widow who gave all she had.  This story could have come out of any newspaper in America today.  Corruption among leaders even of churches is not rare and good people giving till it hurts is not rare either. This is a story that will be played out until Jesus comes again.

What is most needed is for people to read this and decide that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, the Son of God, and dedicate their whole beings to trying to live lives to honor Him and His Father.
Matthew 5:16 (KJV)
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
May God Richly Bless Your Life This Week and For Evermore. Amen.

  
© Ed Cooper, August 30, 2015, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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(Ed Cooper is an ordained Elder and minister in the Christian Church/Churches of Christ which are a part of the Restoration Movement started in Appalachia in the early 1800’s.  Ed started preaching as a teenager in the village churches around Mashoko Mission, Zimbabwe, Africa when he was there with his parents in the early 1960’s.)

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