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Come Alive!

Today salvation has come to this house
Luke 9:1-10 or 19:1-10

Sermon Topic Salvation

Sermon Week Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 19:9


"Now is the favorable time; this is the day of salvation," the Apostle Paul wrote to the members of the Church in Corinth (2 Cor. 6:2). Now! Today! In the midst of our daily ups and downs, in the midst of our joys and sorrows, in the midst of our earthly pilgrimage, God wants to bring us alive to His saving Presence. God wants us to make the Good News of Jesus Christ the basis of our everyday, now experience. God wants us to trust in His promise that, for each of us, this is the day of salvation.

"This is the day of salvation!" What do we mean by that? We can delve deeply into the theology of salvation. We can discuss salvation in abstract terms. We can debate over various ideas of salvation. But eventually we will realize that it takes more than a head-trip to put real Christian meaning behind the word "salvation." Understanding salvation is more than an intellectual exercise. Understanding salvation is a matter of the heart. Understanding salvation is a matter of experiencing it.

We finite creatures do not have the capacity to grasp God's plan for our salvation in its fullness, but we are given a glimpse -- an exciting glimpse that brings God's promise of eternal happiness down to earth. Our gracious God has given us a clue to the mystery of salvation. He brings it into our everyday life, not as a concept but as an experience. God has implanted deep within us the Grace (the source of power) to experience the mystery of salvation. God wants us to be alive to it. God wants us to allow it to surface in our life.

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