How can I live a holy life? It’s not easy. Ok that’s not even accurate. It’s IMPOSSIBLE. Anyone who takes an honest look at God’s law and walks away with any other idea than it’s IMPOSSIBLE, is either lying or they were looking at the wrong thing.
In our text from the Gospel of Matthew this morning Jesus Appears as the Fisher of Men. Now if you check out our children’s message from this morning, you’ll see that not everyone knows about fishing – of any kind!
When Jesus appears at the River Jordan, John did not want to baptize him. The word is deter. Let’s take a closer look at this.
A savior for all nations? Yes, it’s true! The wise men were excited! The Bible expresses this. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. Look! The star! As stars shine brightest against a black sky, so we experience the greatest joy against the sorrow that may come in our lives.
A lucky savior is what you need! It’s the new year. Maybe everyone wants a little good luck! Is luck a real thing?
Show me your identification, please. These words from law enforcement might send a chill down your spine. However, showing your ID doesn’t have to be a negative thing! In our text from Matthew 11 John the Baptist was asking Jesus for some ID.
Come and see the mountain! Now you might be thinking – this is all happening too fast! This morning did you open up your bulletin and think, is it Advent already? It isn’t even December yet!
Watch and wait! That is the cry throughout the ages, throughout the pages of Scripture, and that cry still goes out from pulpits across Christendom. It is the final Sunday of the church year. We end with an eye to the sky as we await the return of our Lord in glory. But that topic – watch and wait – isn’t a great one.
This is the time to remember those who have gone before us. They are not gone. Those who dies in Christ are alive! Wipe those tears away.
Reformed and Free is how we like to see ourselves. When Jesus spoke to God’s Old Testament people some two thousand years ago not all of them liked what Jesus had to say.
Can we be friends again? The reality is that sometimes relationships in this life can be so completely damaged that they can’t be fixed. How does God restore relationships? Every sin that we commit doesn’t just hurt the people around us. Our sin first is an offense against our holy God. This Sunday we ask, “Lord, Increase our faith!” We will see how God works reconciliation.
Total dependence doesn’t sound like a great idea in our ear. We like to be SELF dependent. The Rich Young Ruler was looking for an 11th Commandment when he came to Jesus. What he found was a loving God who crushed his sinful pride.