Posts Tagged 'servanthood'

Covenant Concepts ~ Congregation: Respond in Rejoicing

Covenant Concepts ~ Congregation: Responds in Rejoicing Sermon Audio Here


Isaiah 50:4-9a; John 12:12-16

As we consider the ancient practices of covenant, we are reminded that the stronger party would force the weaker party to walk a blood-soaked path. However, on Palm Sunday, we see a reverse picture of covenant; Jesus in the middle of the crowd (stronger party going through weaker party).

God Frames Relationships With Covenant Concepts

Respond to the Mission of the Master
Isa. 50:4-9a ~ Song of the Suffering Servant

  • v4/5 Listen to the Lord
  • v6/7 Find Resolve in Faith
  • v8/9 Presume the Presence of God (remember that God is always close)

Rejoice in Recognition of the Redeemer
John 12:12-16 ~ Song for the Sacrificial Savior

  • v12/13 Hosanna – plea to save! Blessed is he… pilgrims coming to temple SO…
  • Approach Worship with Anticipation
  • v14/15 donkey=peace; SO….
  • Recognize the Value of Peace (Zech. 9:9-10)
  • v16 peace through payment: Jesus came as a worshiper AND as the sacrifice; SO…
  • Realize Your Redemption

We are redeemed because of the obedience of Christ; HIS response and submission to God’s will makes possible OUR response and submission to God’s will. Jesus made it possible for us to be brought to life; is it any wonder that we still cry “Hosanna”?

My Life As A Minion

I saw a photograph today that just about gave me a fit of asthma from laughing so hard. I wouldn’t want to deprive you of the opportunity to have difficulty breathing, so here’s the photo:

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For those of you who might not know, the top picture is of a “minion” from the Despicable Me movies. Very cute, not terribly smart, and completely devoted servants of their master. It occurs to me that that’s not a bad description of what I aspire to be: a completely devoted servant of Jesus. (I can only *hope* for the very cute part, and I’m rather afraid of the not terribly smart bit.)

However, I have to admit that there are lots of days when I’m trying my best to be a minion of whom the Master can be proud… and I end up feeling like the bottom picture. Even though those are frustrating days, I try not to worry: God doesn’t see me based on my performance; He sees me based on Jesus’ faithfulness… and that never lets me down, no matter how I might feel on any given day.

 


Pastor Ed Backell

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