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Sunday, 15 July 2018

'HE SHAPES ALL THINGS'

Rev. Canon George Sinclair
by Rev. Canon George Sinclair                           
 Pastor of the Church of the Messiah, Ottawa, ON.
 www.messiahchurch.ca 

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Podcast of CFRA broadcast on Sunday,   
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(This is a shortened version of a sermon that I preached at Church of the Messiah. It was part of a series called, "Knowing Jesus: John's Intimate Biography”.


 He Shapes All Things

Today’s Reading: John 12: 1-19  (ESV)

Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany

12 Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary therefore took a pound[a] of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii[b] and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it[c] for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

The Plot to Kill Lazarus

When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus[d] was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry

12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
    sitting on a donkey's colt!”
16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. 17 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

Footnotes:

  1. John 12:3 Greek litra; a litra (or Roman pound) was equal to about 11 1/2 ounces or 327 grams
  2. John 12:5 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer
  3. John 12:7 Or Leave her alone; she intended to keep it
  4. John 12:9 Greek he
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Broadcast Notes:

    1. The Gospel shapes your singularity. Your singularity does not shape the Gospel.
    2. The Gospel creates a counter-culture, and this counter-culture will sometimes seem weird to the dominant culture.
    3. The Gospel shapes your heart to care about the poor. Caring about the poor does not shape the Gospel.
    4. The Gospel shapes what it means to be “King.” Being “King” does not shape the Gospel.
    5. Jesus Christ crucified is the true King. As we live in the kingdoms of this world, He leads His redeemed people to live under His rule, in His kingdom, to His glory.

PRAYER:

Father, Pour out the Holy Spirit. Turn our hearts to Jesus. Grip us with the Gospel. Make us yours forever. Amen

Rev. Canon George Sinclair
Church of the Messiah
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