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Lost In The Wilderness

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost
Luke 9:1-10 or 19:1-10

Sermon Topic Wilderness Experience

Sermon Week Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 19:10

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Luke begins the fifteenth chapter of his Gospel by telling us that the pharisees and others were murmuring against Jesus, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them" (Lk. 15:2). "So He told them this parable":

What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until He finds it? And when he finds it, he lays it on his shoulder, rejoicing (Lk. 15:3).

When we become separated from the flock, when we become estranged from God, we need the silence of the wilderness in order to hear Him calling us back. Moreover, we need the chastening of the wilderness in order to discover that apart from God we are nothing. The Book of Revelation confronts us with this reality in these words:

I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot... So because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. For you say, "I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing," not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked ... Those whom I love, I reprove and chasten; so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come to him (Rev. 3:15-17, 19-20).

One of the world's great violinists had just finished playing a great concert when a woman rushed up to him and said, "Oh, maestro, you are God." He replied with perfect solemnity, "Yes madame, and such a responsibility." We need the chastening of the wilderness to relieve us of the responsibility of playing God, with ourselves and with other people.

There is the deep, dark wilderness of grief, for example. A certain Mr. Aldrich was called out of town on business. He persuaded his brother to take care of his Siamese cat while he was away. Mr. Aldrich dearly loved that Siamese cat, but the brother definitely did not. The very moment Aldrich [...]

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