Plaque on kitchen wall said, “The three most important words ever spoken: ‘It is finished.’” The three most important words spoken? Not exactly. As recorded in the Greek of St. John’s gospel, our Lord’s sixth word from the cross is not three, but one: tetelestai.
“I have needs too, you know.” These are words that punctuate an argument. You say them with tears streaming down your face. Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” Did he say it with tears of exhaustion? Was he telling the world and his Father that he would take no more? Suffer no more? Was he demanding at least a tiny bit of relief? Let’s find out. This Sunday we study John 19:28, the fifth word that Jesus spoke from the cross. He spoke a word of need.
How many exasperated parents haven’t scolded their teenager, “I hope someday your kids will treat you the same way you’re treating me!” How many of us, now grown-ups, look back and shudder at things we said and did to our parents while we were growing up? If so, we need to spend a few moments looking again at our Savior and his cross.
“The King of Love, My Shepherd Is…” Psalm 23 has captured the imagination and the soul of many a poet. The illustrations of a shepherd and a sheep are many. Jesus uses the image of himself. This Sunday see yourself as one of Jesus sheep. That’s a great place to be.
What does it mean to really live? I don’t think we need to hang off the front of the Titanic and feel the wind race through our hair to really live. Jesus tell us that he has life. One day, on the Last Day, life will destroy death for good. Join us as we take a glimpse into eternity on Saints Triumphant Sunday.
What does a church of the AI worship? AI stands for Artificial Intelligence. While no one in this church would worship anything other than themselves, they are dedicated to the idea of bringing “singularity” to reality. They say, when machines become smarter than humans, that will be the closest thing to God the world has ever seen. This Sunday is Trinity Sunday when we remember that our three-in-one God is beyond our understanding and worthy of our worship. The Trinity is also a great test on whether or not a faith is false. Want to learn more? Watch this sermon taken from John 3.