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Come On Home!

I only know that I was blind, and now I can see
John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

Sermon Topic Repentance

Sermon Week Fourth Sunday of Lent Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 9:25

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To conclude a long sermon on repentance, a fire-and-brimstone preacher said forcefully, "I want everyone in this congregation to know that there is one among us who especially needs to repent this day -- a man who has been unfaithful to his wife. I want him to know that I know who he is and that if he knows what is good for him, he had better put a twenty dollar bill in today's offering." When the service was over it was discovered that the collection plates contained 14 twenty dollar bills together with a note attached to an offering of $17 dollars which read as follows: "This is all I had with me. I'll put in the other $3 next week."

The Season of Lent calls us to repentance. Like the loving father in the New Testament story of the "Prodigal Son," God our Father is eager for us to turn around and come home to Him. And all it takes is the turning.

For some of us today, this worship experience will be a homecoming. For some of us there will be the joy of healing, the joy of new life, the joy of reconciliation. Some of us may leave still groping in the empty darkness, still separated from God. It all depends on our willingness to change, to turn our lives around: to REPENT.

The Almighty Lord God who made us is eager for us to come home. He rejoices when we do. But He honors our freedom. He will not force us to come home. We must do the turning in order to move out of the darkness and into the light.

In his famous novel, "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," Leo Tolstoy has given us a classic example of repentance. Ivan is dying a horrible death. The pain is unceasing throughout the day and night. Not only is it the agony of physical pain but also the torment of black despair that presses in on him. He feels as though he is inside a pitch dark sack of some kind and as the top of [...]

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