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sermon resources for march 18, 2012 [Lent 5B]

sermon and preaching resourcesGenesis 9:8-17

Ever stop to think about how we’ve turned a natural disaster that wipes out every living thing on earth into a cutesy, children’s playset? Not to mention that the Bible says God created said natural disaster…

The preacher may want to figure out how much of that to lay on his or her congregation, but perhaps it helps understand the rainbow sign of God’s covenant with us. Simply interpreted, what God could do with us is not what God does do with us. Another way to put that is that God’s grace bridles God’s justice.

And that is a good reminder for us in our practices. We claim we want justice. Maybe for others, but we had better be delighted that God treats us graciously rather than giving us the justice due us. And maybe in that thankful place of realization, we find a way to treat others graciously, too.

1 Peter 3:18-22

This pericope is why the Apostles’ Creed has that bit in it about Jesus descending into Hell. There are three possible approaches regarding this descent. 1) It may mean simply that Jesus did really die. It is more accurately translated “the place of the dead.” Jesus wasn’t just in a coma—he was dead. 2) Calvin claimed that since Jesus took on the sins of the world, his was not just any death—Jesus had a death only the truly wicked knew (think here about “my God, my God, why have You forsaken me).

Princeton Professor James F. Kay writes: “By descending into hell, God in the person of Jesus Christ places the worst that can befall human beings within the redeeming embrace of the cross.” 3) This could be Jesus’ first authoritative action in victory over death. He breaks down Hell’s gates and transport the damned to eternal life—his victory is relevant to all time, present, future and past.

Mark 1:9-15

Mark is eager to get down to business. He seems to move quickly through Jesus’ baptism and temptation to get to the beginning of the proclamation of the Kingdom. Mark makes it a point to tell us that the One who has the power to rend the heavens is the one who is at work in Jesus.

This also appears in the language Mark uses to talk about the temptations: Jesus is not lead into the wilderness but is “thrown out” into the wilderness; the movement was by a mighty power—the kind that tears skies apart. Mark never tells us the outcome of Jesus’ temptation—is that because he may want us to see Jesus’ entire ministry as a wrestling with evil that is only finally won at the Cross?


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a field guide to contemporary worship

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