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Sunday, 3 March 2013


Rev. Canon George Sinclair
By Rev. Canon George Sinclair 
Pastor of the Church of the Messiah, Ottawa, ON.

(Podcast of CFRA broadcast on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013)


Broadcast Notes:
(Abridged notes of a Sermon on LUKE 6: 20–36, are below; full broadcast can be heard through the link, above.)
'To God alone the glory!'

Luke 6: 20-36 (ESVUK)

The Beatitudes


20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.


Jesus Pronounces Woes


24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.

25 “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.

“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.

26 “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.


Love Your Enemies


27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic[a] either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.



a.     Luke 6:29 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin

A thought experiment to help us understand the Bible text.

A key spiritual principle: receiving grace and mercy from Jesus makes great sacrifices for Jesus reasonable and necessary!

Note, if you read before Luke 6:20, you will see that Jesus is speaking to His disciples.

Is Jesus naive about the evil people do?

Look at Luke 6:11 and following. Jesus is not naive.

Another key spiritual principle: I need to read Jesus' ethical teaching remembering that Jesus knew Judas would betray Him.

Judas is proof that Jesus lived a sinless life!

At the heart of the Gospel is that Jesus will die a substitutionary death. He takes my doom upon Him and He offers me His destiny.

The Bible is an outline of sanity.

Another key spiritual principle: if Jesus is my Saviour and my Lord, who defines my response to situations?

Jesus defines my situations - not me, not my enemy either.

Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is an act of healing where we can, in freedom, choose something other than fight or flight.

Jesus wants us to surrender to Him.

We have been reading the text upside down? Why do we only read as if we are victims? Why do we not see ourselves as ones who do wrong.

We are not always guiltless.

Another key spiritual principle: Jesus' death upon the cross is God's kind, merciful and unsurpassingly generous provision for my vast need.


Father, Pour out your Holy Spirit to all who listen today and turn our hearts to Jesus.

Rev. Canon George Sinclair
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