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Like The Dawn

We have put everything aside to follow you
Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27

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Sermon Week Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 10:28


It is often difficult to find words to describe the deep experiences of our common humanity. For example, who of us could ever find words to describe what it is like when God comes to us in Jesus Christ. There are no words that can truly grasp the wonder, the power, the strength of that life-transforming experience. Consequently, we resort to symbols and images and poetic ways of expression. In the Scriptures there is a recurring theme which says that the coming of God in Jesus Christ is like the coming of the dawn.

Think for a moment of especially beautiful sunrises you have seen, and you can begin to understand how a person who doesn't have the words to express what Christ's coming has meant will resort to this image:

He dawns on us like the morning light, like the sun shining forth upon a cloudless morning (2 Sam. 23:04).

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you, for behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples. But the Lord will arise upon you, and His glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising (Is. 60:1-3).

Try to feel the beauty and the power of that image for a moment. Here is the great God who loves us so much that He comes to us in Jesus Christ, and the coming is like the dawn! What does that mean? The dawn is dependable. The dawn always comes. No one can hold back the dawn. No one can keep it from coming. The coming of the dawn always brings something new. No matter how dark it has been the night before, no matter what you've been through in that dark night, there is the newness every morning. There is the new opportunity. There is the new chance to become new creatures in Jesus Christ, as Paul tells us. The dawn brings light into your world. The dawn brings light into the dark places of your [...]

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