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The Rev. William Klock: “To Receive for Himself a Kingdom” (Luke 19:11-27)

July 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 To Receive for Himself a Kingdom.  In this message, Fr. Bill has some very good thoughts about the Parable of the Ten Minas in Luke 19, and this excerpt applies it to us quite well:

Judgement came on Jerusalem and on unfaithful Israel almost two millennia ago, but you and I need to think on these things too.  The judgement on Jerusalem was a sort of sacramental foretaste of the final judgement to come at the end of history.  As we await the Lord’s return, what have we done with the minas he’s given us?  This is about more than just using our talents and our treasure for the kingdom.  It’s about whether or not we understand the values and priorities of Jesus’ kingdom and whether or not we’ve been living them out.  Israel had the law and the prophets, but kept them as a showpiece.  She wrapped them in a handkerchief and kept them safe.  She hid her light under a basket when what the Lord wanted was for her to carry that light to the nations.

Brothers and Sisters, you and I have the law and the prophets.  We also have the Gospels and the apostles and in the indwelling Holy Spirit, the Lord has made his home in us.  But we need to think on what it means to be entrusted with his Word and Spirit.  We’ve been given, we’ve been entrusted with, something far greater than the old Israel was ever given.  But have we hidden it in a handkerchief for safe-keeping?  Have we turned it into a showpiece?  We pray every day, “Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  But do we know what that means?  Do we understand the nature of the kingdom?  Do we understand the priorities of our King?  Do we love justice and mercy?  Do we live in the grace we have been shown by Jesus?  Do we seek to make them known to the world in our words and in our deeds—in our lives and in our proclamation?  Think of the candles we give out at baptisms, lit from the Paschal Candle that represents the light of Christ in the world.  We take those candles home and we put them in a drawer or a desk or a cupboard for safe-keeping.  That’s fine.  But do we do the same with the actual light of Christ that has been given to us?  Brothers and sisters, that’s not why Jesus gave us himself.  He was incarnate for us, he lived for us, he died for us, he rose for us, he forgives our sins so that we can carry his new life, so that we can carry his kingdom to the world.  He gave us his light so that we can charge into the darkness to declare the good news to the world: Repent, for the Lord has come to Zion; the God of Israel has returned to his people; Jesus is Lord!”

Indeed, we should work to manifest the light of Christ in the world.  If you would like to hear the entirety of this very worthwhile message, you can do so below.

 

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