Ps 121: Genesis 17:1-7: Romans 5:1-11: Mark 8:27-38.
Psalm 121. Our Help comes from the Lord.
Children’s chat: Cross of Christ.
Grace and peace in Jesus name. Dear children, do you see the cross of Christ hanging on the back of the Chancel wall? The cross is a symbol of how Jesus was put to death for our sin. Do you know He opened His arms that wide so that all the sin of the world He could take from us forever? Jesus must be very strong to take all that sin, don’t you think? Let us pray and thank Jesus for opening His arms wide to tale our sin so that we could close our arms around Him and receive His loving embrace. Let us pray: Dear Jesus, thank-you for your loving embrace- we love you. Amen.
Adult Sermon: Suffering Many Things.
“And He began to teach them many things…”
Grace, mercy and peace in Jesus name.
Dearly beloved in Christ:
Jesus began to teach His disciples the many things that He would suffer for their and our salvation. He would suffer rejection to the point of His death. And not only would He suffer rejection because of the fear of the Jews, fear that we all face because of our sin, but also, that by His death, He would bring forward our salvation. That is God’s plan finally revealed in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. But, the disciples are not filled with a faith that could accept such a Divi9ne plan.
Jesus is trying to teach them by His Words, but His Word has been hard to hear.
So, God’s plan didn’t make any sense to His disciples. Peter, the one who was to reject Jesus three times during Jesus trial, has already started His cycle of rejecting Jesus at this time. “Get behind me, Satan!” was Jesus command of the evil spirit that was directing Peters mind and heart. The statement of faith from Peters mouth, “You are the Christ” has now from that same mouth of confession proclaimed, “Jesus, you are a chump!” From his own lack of understanding Jesus, Peter was looking to establish the Kingdom of God with human understanding. He did not understand because Peter was still concentrating upon things of men and not the things of God. He was still milk toast Christian not ready to witness to the rawness of sacrificial living.
Jesus then speaks Godly wisdom: The Way of the Cross
“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
Saints, each of us are born without the understanding of what Jesus has truly done for our salvation. We are taught through the Holy Scriptures that we are to deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow Jesus. Following Jesus, we are to deny our own spirit of self-preservation, take up our own sufferings, and follow Him throughout every moment of our lives. Only by following Jesus can we then live out the faith and grace that we have received from Him alone.
Will you all please read with me our second lesson: Rm 5:1-11.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Amen.