Sunday, October 26, 2014

Reformation Sunday

John 8:31-36 - Reformation Sunday - October 26, 2014
Jesus Sets Us Free
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you remain in My word, you are truly My disciples. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s seed, and have never been enslaved. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Amen amen I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. Therefore if the Son frees you, you shall certainly be free.”
When Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by executive order in 1863, the opponents of slavery rejoiced.  Though the war was not yet over, they had won the day.  They had fought against the institution of slavery for so long and finally the institution was crumbling.  Those who had been held against their will and forced to labor under a heavy burden were pronounced free to reap the fair value of their work.  No longer would they be held captive, but would work for wages as free agents.  No longer would they be bred like cattle so that their sons and daughters could be sold and forced to work for someone else’s profit.  They were free and so were their children. 
So what did they do?  Did they all draft up resumes and get well-paying jobs?  Did they begin to open up their own businesses and pull themselves up by their bootstraps?  No!  Most of them continued to work for their former masters.  That’s all they knew.  Sadly, the legal declaration of their freedom achieved very little in reality.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Trinity 17

Luke 14:1-11- Trinity Seventeen - October 12, 2014
God Humbles the Exalted and Exalts the Humble
Christ is our Physician.  He heals by the almighty power of God, because he is the almighty God.  The Man Jesus who witnessed helpless misery on earth is the same God in heaven who never ceases to meet the needs of his creation.  He continues to see our needs, and even when they appear to be ignored or remain unmet, he does not sleep.  He notes them and in his wisdom will most certainly address them.  He gives rest to those who suffer with no end in sight.  He does so in his own time.  That is why we call on him in a day when he may be found.  We wait on God who has compassion.