This is just me sitting in my virtual coffee house throwing out random thoughts as I do research/prayer/thinking about this Sunday's sermon:
Scripture: Psalm 51:1-12; John 12:20-33
Working Title: Fear of Falling
- Well, my first thought in Lent 5 is that I am sick of Lent. But much like Groundhog Day, I think that is the point.
- Serving the Lord is an 'all-in' committment, as is confession, as is worship. How many Reformed Protestants do YOU know that worship 'all-in'?!
- "We wish to see Jesus." - GET IN LINE!
- Focusing in on the grain of wheat that 'falls'. I wonder if as it was falling the grain of wheat also thought it was failing.
- Are we the grain of wheat clinging to keep from falling or are we bearing fruit?
- Do I get one more death/Lenten/Oh the humanity sermon in before the allelulia's kick in?
- 'Paradox' is the word. Jesus' ministry - paradox. earthly kingdom values/goals vs. grace & eternity = paradox
- Commentaries speak of BIG things: war, racism, sexism... what about personal/individual paradoxes: forgiven for our debts, but refuse to forgive our debtors, love God but hate that guy over there, hoarding of our personal gifts
- Jesus is SO RIGHT he refuses to fight the system. John's Jesus already knows he has 'them' beat
- Jesus ascts out of freedom NOT to buy into the system. Do we mere mortals have that freedom... even with the promise of eternal life?
- Is it okay to live within the earthly system if we continue to make the choice not to be owned/defined by it? Is grace for those places/times when we fail to make the right choice?
- Where does judgment fit in with all of this?
- On the cross, Jesus exposes (judges?) the system
- my brain hurts... and quite frankly, I am a little afraid.
FOCUS (what the sermon aims to say):
The hour has come.
FUNCTION (what the sermon aims to do):
Push folks to re-evaluate the choices they make in their lives and make changes.