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He's Done It Again

Master, what must I do to gain eternal life?
Luke 10:25-37

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Sermon Week Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:25


A man was returning home in his pickup truck after attending a religious revival meeting. He was still pondering the sermon on Jesus' miracle of changing water into wine at the marriage feast in Cana when the local sheriff ordered him to "pull over." Acting on a tip that an illegal still was being operated in the area, the sheriff looked in the man's truck and saw twelve jugs filled to the brim with liquid. "What's in those jugs?" he asked. "Oh," said the man, "that's fresh spring water. My wife and I drink nothing but fresh spring water." "I don't mean to doubt your word, but I'll have to taste it" said the sheriff. Whereupon he took a drink and felt the liquid burning his tongue and throat. "That's not spring water, that's whiskey," he bellowed. To which the man replied, "Praise the Lord, He's done it again!"

Jesus is ready and willing to perform a miracle of transformation in our life, if we will let Him. Any genuine encounter with the Lord Jesus means change. It makes a difference in the way we live. It makes a difference in the kind of people we are. We cannot encounter God 's Grace through Jesus Christ and still go on in the same selfish, self-centered insensitive, unloving, dishonest way. If there is no change, the religious experience is itself violated and contradicted.

If we go back to the Israelites in the time of Moses we find a people encountering God, first in the Exodus and then in the desert journey to the Promised Land. Moses comes to them and literally lays down the Law, saying, "This is the way you will live because of your encounter with God." The Old Testament Prophets -- Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezechiel, Micah, Hosea, Amos -- all of them pick up the same theme. They see the people of God living in disobedience and they try to warn them: "You are God's people. Live that way! If you do not there will be a terrible price to pay. You will suffer in your estrangement from God." [...]

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