Sermons on Jesus

Sermons on Jesus

Luke 22:66-23:25 – The Trials of Jesus and the Wisdom of the Crowds

This week we come to one of the most confounding scenes in the gospel narrative, Jesus’s trial before the Jewish Council, Pilate, Herod, and the Crowds. We see Jesus rightly identified as The Son of God, the Messiah, the King of the universe. We see him falsely accused of crimes he did not commit. We see him acquitted by both Jewish and Roman political authorities. But we see him taken away by the crowd to be murdered. In all this we get a glimpse into our own sinful hearts, and marvel at Jesus’s mission to save the world.

Luke 20 – Jesus Confounds His Opponents

With brilliance and tact, Jesus confounded His opponents as they did their best to find a way to entrap Him. For the sake of His followers and potential followers, Jesus outmaneuvered them, turning the tables to expose their opposition to God and His ways. Following Jesus’ example, it’s important that we, the church, hone our responses to today’s critics and opponents so that followers and potential followers of Jesus are drawn to Jesus and strengthened in faith.

Luke 9:37-50 – Afraid to Ask

Having our ideas challenged is hard. Studies show that when an idea is presented to us that goes against our current understanding, our brains treat the situation same way we treat a physical or emotional threat. We feel like we’re in danger! This week, we’ll read about three times the disciples had their understanding corrected by Jesus, but they are unable to “get it.” Their unwillingness to change, and their fear to ask, will show us things about ourselves, and what it takes to learn and grow in our walk with Jesus.

Luke 9:28-36 – The Transfiguration: The Coming Glory

What awaits us after we die? Is there life beyond the grave? In one of the more unusual events in Scripture, Jesus’ earthly body is glorified in blazing light—he is transfigured—and then Moses and Elijah appear with him. This unique experience points us today to the glory of Christ in heaven, strengthens our faith in all that Christ did and will do, and increases our hope in God’s promised resurrection life for us after death.

Luke 9:18-27 – Come to Jesus

Religion in general is often viewed as a system or a set of rules or teachings. But Christianity is unique because Jesus Christ is unique, and he calls us to a person, that is, himself. He calls us to “come after” him. The implications are life altering. We’ll examine what Jesus means by that and its impact on us.

Walk in the Light While You Have It

We are now a little over half-way through John’s gospel, and we are coming to an end of John’s record of his public ministry. Jesus realizes that “the hour has come”, and he gives a final exhortation to all who will hear him: “Walk in the light, lest the darkness overtake you.” A final exhortation to believe that he is God’s Messiah. John records this exhortation for us: respond to Jesus while we still have the opportunity.

Gospel of John: Life in Jesus’ Name – The Word

Whether we are seekers or even skeptics, or we have been believers in Jesus Christ for many years, this Gospel can impact us. Throughout this book, we are confronted with the reality and uniqueness of Jesus, and we are called on to look to him for the answers to life. For Christianity is far more than another religion with good rules for living. Fundamentally, it is about a person, and his name is Jesus.

Gospel of John: Life in Jesus' Name – The Word

Whether we are seekers or even skeptics, or we have been believers in Jesus Christ for many years, this Gospel can impact us. Throughout this book, we are confronted with the reality and uniqueness of Jesus, and we are called on to look to him for the answers to life. For Christianity is far more than another religion with good rules for living. Fundamentally, it is about a person, and his name is Jesus.

The Long Expected Jesus

  Advent – A Time of Tension Today is the third Sunday of the Advent season. I talked a little about what Advent is a few weeks back, and every year that I do, I get a little feedback that the distinction between Advent and Christmas is fairly unclear. In fact, I can remember, growing up in a mainline church as thinking of the terms as rather synonymous. And they certainly are related.  I wanted to speak a little more…

Christ the Restorer of All Things

Christmas Eve 2015:  Christ the Restorer of All Things   Introduction Humpty Dumpty sat….on….a wall. Humpty Dumpty had…a… great fall. All the….king’s horses And all the… king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty…together again Poor Mr. Dumpty.   Broken.  And irreparable.     Sometimes it seems to me that this world is a bit like Mr. Dumpty.  Broken.  And it seems it can’t be fixed. Something is very wrong with our world..  Even you optimists can see this.  We long for things…