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Stake Your Claim

Sir, we should like to see Jesus
Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:3-4,12-15; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33

Sermon Week Fifth Sunday of Lent Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 12:21

In the early 1990s, an ad for a digital clock called "Timisis" was touted as a "perfect gift idea." This is a digital clock that does more than merely tell time or wake you up. By punching in your age and your gender, it continually reminds you of how much longer you can expect to live. And it displays your remaining time (based on life-expectancy tables) in hours, minutes, and seconds. "An average lifetime lasts 678,900 hours or 2.4 billion seconds." says the Timisis ad. "How much of that time do you have left? Well, Timisis will tell you right down to the last second."

Commenting on the product, a Chicago syndicated newspaper columnist wrote that he had a similar idea years earlier ...

"It was when I realized that every morning, I would wake up, sit on the edge of the bed and stare at my feet for about 20 seconds. I figured out how many seconds a year I spent mindlessly staring at my feet. And how many days of my life I would do it. The result of my calculations was so disheartening that I started sleeping with my shoes on -- and broke the habit.

"Now, if Timisis ever should become a standard household gadget, I can just hear someone saying to me, "Did you sleep well last night." "Oh yes," I would reply, "when I dozed off, I had an estimated 100,648 hours left to live. When I awakened, only 100,642 hours remained. And now that I've shaved and showered and had my coffee, my life expectancy is down to 100,641 hours." Now that's no way to live! It would be better to have a fall on my head than watch the time tick away hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute, second-by-second. -1

The truth is, we all run out of time! And I will say something to you now that we all long to hear and believe every minute of our lives: When we run out of time, the clock resets!

Believe me when I say that! Believe Jesus, who says it in today's Gospel Lesson. In this climactic scene [...]


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