December 6, 2015

Advent 2 2015 – 8am Sermon

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Passage: Luke 21:25-26
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If last Sunday’s vision of Jesus cleansing the temple in Jerusalem and, by analogy, cleansing the temple of our souls, were not enough of a contrast to the seasonal cheer of the popular Christmas season, then surely this Sunday’s Gospel lesson goes even farther and seems even less holiday-themed. “There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars,” says our Lord, “and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; ... for the powers of heaven shall be shaken...heaven and earth shall pass away... .”

Jesus shares these dire predictions of frightening events at the end of time with his disciples this morning to help them recognize the signs of our Lord’s return – distress, perplexity, roaring seas. But in addition to this, Jesus’ predications are also teaching the disciples a more fundamental and practical truth about life: that this world is a world of change, sometimes violent and heartbreaking, sometimes barely noticeable. And in a world where things change, where things are one day working, another day need fixing; one day whole and healthy, another day broken and suffering; we need a hope that is both in the world, so we may see it and know it, and yet not of this world, so that we may be certain that it shall not also pass away. ...

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