Pentecost 16: Who is Jesus?

Sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome to the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Season B.   This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA.  The scripture readings for the day are Isaiah 50:4-9aPsalm 116:1-9James 3:1-12  and Mark 8:27-38.

Enjoy the latest episode of Livin’ on Grace with Pastor Joe McGarry.

In this sermon Pastor Joe explores these ideas:

  • In the parable of Sam and Pastor Jim.  Sam says that Jesus approaches him in his dream and Sam asks Jesus “Why am I the only one here?  Jesus says “Well, you know your favorite hymn. You sang it nearly every day of your life, hummed it to yourself, thought about it. ‘I come to the garden alone,’ you sang, ‘and He walks with me and talks with me,’  but you never mention any other people.”

  • Do you really think how I imagine Jesus now will affect what happens to me in heaven later?

  • In his dream Sam was taken to the very extreme of his thoughts about who Jesus is, and he found that his ideals did not meet up with the ideals of the world.

  • When Jesus told the disciples what it meant to be the Messiah Peter was upset and said to him “Jesus, get over here. What are you doing!? Messiahs don’t suffer. Messiahs don’t die. Messiahs take control. Messiahs rule! Messiahs smash their enemies and put us in power.”

  • Who is Jesus to you?

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Sept 14 2015

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