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All That's Worth Remembering

If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me
Matthew 16:21-27

Sermon Topic Suffering Servant

Sermon Week Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 16:24

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In John's account of the "Last Supper," Jesus says to the Apostles, "What I just did was to give you an example; as I have done, so you must do" (Jn. 13:15). The "example" Jesus had just given the Apostles was to wash their feet. Over and over again Jesus showed the disciples what His mission was all about by His example. Jesus spelled out His ministry through His examples of loving service to others. The later Church came to call Him the "Servant Leader." But Jesus' immediate disciples didn't understand this.

When He fed thousands with just a few loaves and fishes, the people wanted Him to be their king, but He refused, and they didn't understand. When He rode the little donkey into Jerusalem, they welcomed Him as their king. But He didn't act like a king and they didn't understand. When He knelt down on the floor and washed the Apostles' dusty feet -- obviously an enactment of the servant's role -- they didn't understand. They didn't want Him to do it. And finally, on the Cross: the culmination of the servant's role by the One who was willing to suffer, even to die for others. They simply did not understand. And there is reason to say now, two thousand years later, that we don't really understand it; we don't really believe it; we don't really accept it. For this reason, we are kept from getting closer to Jesus and closer to a genuine understanding of what He is trying to do for us now.

Jesus' life and ministry were misunderstood by His own people because they expected God to send them a great king to set them free from their Roman rulers. They remembered the Golden Age of King David. How great it was to be an independent people! How great it was to have armies! How great it was to have power! Although things had gone from bad to worse following King David's reign, nevertheless they just kept on dreaming through all the centuries, believing that God was going to restore their past glory through [...]

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