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Sermon for Belhaven Aged Care facility this morning.
« on: October 15, 2015, 09:02:46 AM »
I have brought something for show and tell but I won’t be telling so much as letting the bible reading and the sermon do the work. (Put Toilet Brush in view)

READING: Mark 10:35-45
35James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
41When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”


SERMON: "SHOTGUN!"

When travelling home from my grandparent’s farm in the Zephyr car—As kid’s we’d yell ’front seat’. We wanted the front seat because the front seat was the best seat.

Riding up front beside the driver in the bus or coach on tours was where I wanted to sit.

Nowdays it is ‘Calling Shotgun’
“The rules of ‘shotgun’ are very simple. The first persons to call ‘shotgun’ when in sight of the vehicle gets to sit in the front seat.”
Michael Scott from “The Office”

Perhaps it harks back to the stagecoach days—I don’t know.

So these two Brothers James and John call shotgun—they want the best seats in heaven.

Don’t you love the way they approach Jesus—
“we want you to do for us whatever we ask”
What parent hasn’t heard that type of question.

Of course Jesus says “Yes boys—sure!”

No! - Jesus quietly asks what the request is.

Then he tells them they do not know what they ask.

They have yet to understand the full extent of who Jesus is or what he has yet to endure - and yet they do have already that Jesus is/will be a heavenly king in glory.

He asks them if they can drink the same cup which he will drink—that is his suffering and death and they say ‘Yes. Yes’.

It is interesting that although we see them as making the promise rashly and in ignorance if you look up their lives you will see that they certainly did follow in Jesus footsteps.

James was beheaded by King Herod Agrippa in around 44AD.

John possibly lived to old age.  It is said that although he did not die a martyr's death, he did live a martyr's life. He was exiled to the Island of Patmos under the Emperor Domitian for his proclamation of the risen Christ.

Finally Jesus tells them gently that such a request in not his to grant—it is for those for whom it is already prepared.

But of course it isn’t finally at all. Now the other disciples start to grumble about James and John’s request.

Are they grumbling because of the audacity of the request?—to our Aussie ears—as people brought up not to put ourselves forward—it seems that way, but it is entirely possible that they wanted the same spots for themselves.

As he often does—Jesus uses their grumbling as a teaching opportunity—about heaven and his work and about their own place.

42So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.

As one commentary says: “One wonders if Galilean folk like Jesus saw this description as how Rome operated, with Caesars being killed, Generals vying for the title, Senators asserting themselves, local kings like Herod marrying a brother’s wife, etc. For Jesus’ followers, one of the awful effects of living under the Empire is the temptation to imitate them.”
http://leftbehindandlovingit.blogspot.com.au


Politics aside and without saying it straight out he certainly is alluding to what they are grumbling about.

43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant,

This is greatness—to be a servant—and greater still—to be number one great he says:

44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.

Then in a foretaste of the washing of the disciples feet and his own later complete sacrifice on our behalf he basically says, this is my path—this is God’s way:

45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”




“For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve”

(Hold up Toilet Brush) and I am thinking the person who does this job is just as much God at work in the world as the greatest preacher or missionary who ever lived.

So who is yelling Shotgun for the toilet brush?

Amen

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Re: Sermon for Belhaven Aged Care facility this morning.
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2015, 01:50:25 PM »
A very good sermon, Don.  The Pope's washing of feet is the perfect example of being humble.  I only wish that more people would know what the word 'humble' means.

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Re: Sermon for Belhaven Aged Care facility this morning.
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2015, 09:27:56 PM »
Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air for the Roman Catholic Church - I would love to see many more Church leaders following his example.

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Re: Sermon for Belhaven Aged Care facility this morning.
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2015, 09:29:52 PM »
And thank you for your kind words.

I did this sermon again this morning in Dubbo - it isn't every day you see the preacher waving a toilet brush in the air. :)

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Re: Sermon for Belhaven Aged Care facility this morning.
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2015, 06:07:58 PM »
LOL......  I agree, but I'm sure you got your point across.    ;)

Ed