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Bring On The Revolution!

I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth
Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 93:1-2,5; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33-37

Sermon Week Christ The King (Thirty-Fourth Sunday) Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 18:37

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Of course, that is the beginning of the document crafted by the founders more than 240 years ago. Few Americans are familiar with the entire Declaration of Independence, but every American knows the sentence which begins, "We hold these truths to be self-evident." But did you notice, it says ”all men are created equal?" It did not say "all women," and it never intended to say "all women." It says exactly what was intended by the Founding Fathers: that all men are created equal. Sadly, this condition has afflicted the human race down through all of recorded history. For centuries women have been treated as inferior beings. In the writings of early Church Doctors and theologians, for example, we read that a woman is "the advance post of hell." Down through the ages, men have been commanding women to obey their husbands to be the masters of their lives (As Thomas Jefferson once wrote to his daughter). Women have been taught that they were created for certain limited functions. Martin Luther once wrote that women "should remain at home, sit still, keep house and bear and bring up children." Among other things, he didn't explain how in the world a woman was going to sit still and keep house and raise children at the same time. Some would say, "that's a man for you," and yet another illustration of what has been true of the male/female relationship throughout history. And then came a glorious exception -- the reconciling Light of the Lord.

John speaks about how Jesus came bringing light to the world. Jesus came to make the presence of God real and immediate to us. He invited us into a union of spirits with God. He told us that through this union we would experience wholeness of life and we would become the persons God Himself has created us to be. With this wholeness of [...]


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