After listening to the Gospel reading this morning you are expecting a sermon about divorce and remarriage, but I am going to preach mainly on the epistle reading.
The letter to the Hebrews reminds us that long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many various ways through angels , prophets, but in these last days he spoke to by his Son, whom he appointed to be heir of all things through him he also created the world.
So today we celebrate
- Jesus the Reflection of God’s glory
- What the power of the Holy Spirit still does today
- The Jesus who considered family unity to be important to us
- Jesus that welcomes little children to his arms
- Jesus that took time to bless everyone, no matter who they were and how other people looked at them
It is important to note that,
- Jesus is our Saviour and lord
- Jesus is the promised one of God
- Jesus is the son of God and yet a man like us
- Jesus is a man who struggles to be faithful to God a man who was called to love his neighbours as himself
- A man who suffered as we suffer
The letter to the Hebrews speaks of Jesus in exalted terms. Calling him “The radiance of God’s Glory” and “the exact representation of God’s being”. Thus I belief is true, as our whole faith speaks of it. It is also interesting to me because a week ago our bible study with the youth groups was based on faith.
The letter to the Hebrews reminded us of something else that our whole faith speaks of. It reminds us that;
- On earth Jesus was made like us, a little lower than the angels
- That Jesus was one of us born of a woman
- Born as out brother to walk as we walk through his life
The signs before us today, the bread and wine. They remind us of how he came to be our Saviour, they remind us of what his love and his faithfulness cost him
There have been two main, heretical threats to the Christian faith throughout history, the first being that, Jesus was not divine in some essential sense, the second being that, he was not completely human. The author of Hebrews, whoever, it might have been, wants us to know that Jesus was one of us, that he shared our humanity in every sense, especially in the way that he suffered. Indeed, it is precisely because of his willingness to suffer with and for us that God honoured him above all.
- On balance, how has the church encouraged you to think about Jesus - as being more like God in human form?
- Which way of thinking about Jesus makes you feel closer to him?
On the night of his betrayal, Jesus took bread and broke it, he also took wine and blessed it and gave it to his disciples
The next day out of his love for the world he died.
The scripture tells us that Jesus died because of our sin that he looked upon himself. The penalty for sin doing so that we might live and be one with him and one another, before God our creator, the one with the highest power.
Through his death he united us those who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one father, for this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters.
Therefore the two sacraments of baptism and the Eucharist makes us closer to Jesus and feels his presence.
May his Word live in us and bear much fruits to his glory! Amen.