Rumors were circulating about Jesus. Some people said He was John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. Some might’ve also said he is a crazy man, a quack, or an inspired, brilliant teacher. They were asking the same question that we ask today. Who do we think Jesus is? How we answer that question lays out the foundation of our faith. In this message, we will be challenged as Jesus asks, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
Jesus said, “I am the gate.” Some of his listeners understood part of what he meant but there is a deeper meaning. A meaning they had difficulty comprehending. When we go through the gate, Jesus talks about we discover new possibilities and leave our past behind. Going through the gate promises a new life.
Each of us is created as a holy vessel of embodied love. Our sense of wholeness has been shattered. We look to Lent to be a season or recovery after the toxicity of this last year. Jesus is in solidarity with our healing of body, soul and spirit, where beauty is created from that which feels broken.
The Emperor Augustus of the Roman empire was the most powerful man on the planet. He was also the wealthiest man in the Empire. He was called son of God, Savior of the world, King of Kings and Lord. Yet while Augustus was ruling, a little baby born in a stable in Bethlehem would have far greater impact that Augustus. Eventually all the titles used for a Augustus would be used to describe Jesus. Today we honor Jesus and not Augustus.
God has promised to accept us, so we as the people of God should accept one another.
We might seek relaxation, comfort and safety. We might even buy a Lazy Boy Chair. But Jesus calls us away from all that. God’s Kingdom is filled with adventure but will we leave the comfort behind and follow Jesus?
The message will focus on four insights found in Prov. 3: 5, 6 which constitute fundamental advice for life. These four insights include a principle, a precaution, a practicality and a promise.
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on March 25, 2018 by Rev. Fred A. Steinberg Gold Canyon United Methodist Church
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on March 1, 2017 by Rev. Fay Quamstrom
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on May 31, 2015 by Rev. Fred Steinberg