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The Rev. William Klock: “What Must I Do?” (Luke 18:15-30)

June 18, 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 What Must I Do?.  In this message, Fr. Bill has some very good thoughts on the Parable of the Rich Young Ruler, and I appreciated what he has to say here:

But, Brothers and Sisters, thanks be to God that our entrance to the kingdom is not dependent on our unregenerate hearts.  Look at verses 26-30:

Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?”  But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”  And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.”  And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

“What is impossible with man is possible with God.”  By embracing sin we made a mess of God’s good creation.  It’s hard for us to see past today, past the world we’ve made, past the wealth that moth and rust corrupt and that thieves break in and steal.  But the fact that Jesus came into the world and the fact that he suffered humiliation and rejection and died for our sake and then rose from the dead is a reminder that the Spirit of God is once again breathing life into chaos.  God, in his love and in his mercy, is restoring and remaking his creation.  The resurrection of Jesus points to this.  The resurrection of Jesus reminds us that there is something more and that there is something better.  And so Jesus himself promises: if we will let go of these things that are passing away we will be free to take hold the kingdom of God.  Letting go of what we know is hard.  Letting go of tangible sources of security is hard.  But, Brothers and Sisters, we have good reason to let go.  In Jesus God himself became incarnate as one of us.  He gave his life for our sins.  He loves us that much.  He desires reconciliation and restoration for us that much.  And when he has done so much for us, he has a right to call us to come to him in trust like little children.

If you’d like to hear the sermon, you can do so below.

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