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The Rev. William Klock: “The Stone that the Builders Rejected” (Luke 20:1-19)

August 13, 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 The Stone That the Builders Rejected.  In this message, Fr. Bill talks about Jesus’ entry into the Temple and his encounter with the Jewish leaders and priests, and at the end of the message, Fr. Bill gives us a lot to think about:

Brothers and sisters, by virtue of our faith, by virtue of our baptism, by virtue of the indwelling Holy Spirit you and I have been made part of the new temple built by Jesus.  In his first epistle, St. Peter draws out the implications of Jesus being the living capstone of the temple.  If he is a living stone and we are in him, then we are living stones too.  He writes, “you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ….You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:5, 9).  He writes that we who were once not a people are now a people because the Lord has poured out his mercy on us.  Jesus has taken over the vineyard, he’s pruned off the old dead wood of unfaithful Israel, and he has grafted us in.  Why?  In verse 12 Peter writes, “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.”  That’s a call to live the new life Jesus has given us, a life of redemption from sin and a life of grace and peace lived in the Spirit—a life that loudly proclaims to the world that Jesus is Lord, a life that loudly proclaims there is a new King in this world, a life that calls men and women to acknowledge him, to bow before him, to receive him in faith just as we have, that they might be prepared when he returns.

Is this what we’re about?  I know we think it is.  But is it really?  The Jewish leaders and the people of Israel worshipped in the temple.  They truly believed they were serving the Lord and his kingdom, but they stood condemned by Jesus because they’d twisted and subverted the temple to their own agenda.  Their light had become darkness.  They failed in their mission to be a light to the world.  Dear friends, let that not be true of us.  Let us always be asking: Do our lives declare that Jesus is Lord?  Does our common life together as a church declare that Jesus is Lord?  Do we move the men and women who see us, who know us, who interact with us to give glory to God?

If you’d like to listen to the entire message, you can do so below.

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