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The Rev. William Klock: “In the Midst of You” (Luke 17:20-37)

May 17, 2015

From Fr. Bill Klock of Living Word Reformed Episcopal Church in British Columbia, here is another sermon in his series on the Gospel of Luke, titled In the Midst of You.  In this sermon based on Luke 17:20-37, Fr. Bill has some very helpful insights on the often asked question: when will the kingdom of God come?  In other words, when will the Lord return?

To my mind, perhaps the most important point Fr. Bill makes in this sermon would be this:

The warning for us today is the same as it was for the Jews and for the Pharisees and for the disciples: Stop speculating.  Stop looking for signs.  If you’re still looking for the kingdom, you’ve missed the boat.  If you’re longing for Jesus to come to reward you and to smite your enemies, like the Jews, you’ve misunderstood the very nature of his ministry: he came not to condemn sinners, but to redeem them.  In his death and resurrection Jesus has conquered sin and death.  He ascended to the right hand of the Father and reigns today as Lord.  Through his Spirit-filled Church he preaches good news to a world lost in darkness and subject to sin and death.  The kingdom is here; the kingdom is now; and our mission as kingdom people, as the Church, is to be light in the darkness and life in the midst of death.  Our mission is not to pursue endless speculation about the end, but to pursue holiness today.  Our mission is to proclaim that Jesus is Lord and to call sinners to repentance.  Brothers and sisters, the kingdom of God has come, it’s here in the midst of the world’s darkness, but as St. Paul asks: How are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?  That’s our mission.  Let us live and let us proclaim the Good News.

So – to my mind, we are to be living the kingdom now…not waiting for some event to happen, but being the light and life to the world now.  This is quite a good message, and if you’d like to hear it, you can do so below.

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