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Now And Forevermore

He sent them forth to proclaim the reign of GodOe
Luke 9:1-10 or 19:1-10

Sermon Topic Christ Spirit

Sermon Week Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 9:2


Karl Barth, one of the theological giants of the 20th Century was asked, late in life, to sum up all he had learned in his years of theological study and exploration. This great scholar replied,

Jesus loves me, this I know
for the Bible tells me so.

It is as simple as that, on one level. But on another level we need to ask ourselves, "What does that really mean when we say, 'Jesus loves us'?"

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the 'Colossians, picks up on one of the essential Christian beliefs about Jesus Christ. It is the idea that The Christ is actually preexistent. "Christ is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation," Paul writes. "In Him, all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible ... He is before all things." John, in his Gospel, talks about the "Word" who was "from the beginning ... and became flesh."

It is important for us to recognize that from the beginning of time, before the historical Jesus of 2,000 years ago, God has been acting in a "Christlike" way; His "Christ" consciousness, His "Christ" Spirit, has been acting in all things and among all people. Two thousand years ago, in a man named "Jesus," this Christ Spirit or Christ Consciousness became fully embodied: Jesus, the Christ, lived among us!

When we identify ourselves as Christians we are not only relating to the historical Jesus of 2,000 years ago. We are relating to the Cosmic Christ, the Christ Spirit in which God has acted from the very beginning of creation. Jesus, the full embodiment of that Spirit, charges us, His followers, with the duty to proclaim this awesome reality to the whole world, and to do it with great joy.

Blaise Pascal, the French mathematician, loved to proclaim God in his scientific and carefully reasoned way. But there came a moment in his life when he was able to break out of his highly structured religious mold. It was then that he tried to write down exactly what he was feeling [...]

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