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Sunday, 28 June 2015


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

(Podcast of CFRA broadcast on Sunday, June 28th,  2015)
Broadcast Notes:

'Why Jesus Is Not An Example'

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This weeks talk is an abbreviated version of a sermon that I gave at Church of the Messiah, Ottawa. The longer sermon was part of my series "Luke: Jesus For Pagans And Skeptics." Please pray for me and all of the preachers on Good News In The Morning.

Today's Reading is From: Luke22:21-46  (ESV)

21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23 And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this.

Who Is the Greatest?

24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

28 “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial

31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you,[a] that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter[b] said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus[c] said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”

Scripture Must Be Fulfilled in Jesus

35 And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36 He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38 And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”

Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.[d] 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”



a.      Luke 22:31 The Greek word for you (twice in this verse) is plural; in verse 32, all four instances are singular
b.      Luke 22:33 Greek He
c.       Luke 22:34 Greek He
d.      Luke 22:44 Some manuscripts omit verses 43 and 44

1. With simple clarity, Jesus knows us human beings in our fragmented and fallen complexity.

2. As Son of God and sinless man, Jesus has a Cup of Destiny. As a fallen image-bearer of God, I have a Cup of Doom. The Gospel is the good news that with clear-eyed grace and love, Jesus offers me an exchange. He will take and drink my Cup of Doom and he will give me His Cup of Destiny.

3. Faith in Jesus means living in the strength of His grip on me, not of my grip on Him.

4. I enter the Jesus Way praying, "Not my will but Yours be done." I walk the Jesus Way learning to pray day-by-day, "Not my will but Yours be done."


Father, I ask that you gently, but deeply, pour out your Holy Spirit upon every person who has listened to this broadcast this morning. Father, pour out your Holy Spirit upon them, and I ask, Father, that you draw me and them to Jesus; that You draw me and them to faith –a saving faith—in Jesus.
And, Father, may there be many today, who will pray, “Not my will but Yours be done”, and trust what Jesus has done for them on the Cross, as their Saviour.
And, Father, for all of us who follow Jesus, help us day-by-day to pray, “Not my will but Yours be done”, that You will be glorified.
God Bless.

- Rev. Canon George Sinclair
Church of the Messiah
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